I’m teaming up with Susanna for Perfect Picture Book Friday.
I’ve chosen Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum by Lisa Wheeler.
This book was first introduced to me by Jayne, from ABC’s of Reading.
I bought it last summer and completely forgot to read it to my class! But I found it yesterday and read it to my outgoing Grade 1s today and they LOVED it. This book is a TON of FUN.
Title: Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum
Author: Lisa Wheeler
Illustrator: Laura Huliska-Beith
Publisher: Little Brown & Co., 2004
Suitable for ages 4 to 9
Theme/Topics: Fiction, Animals, Cooperation, Problem Solving, Rhyming
Synopsis: There is bubble gum stuck on a hot hot road and toad is the first to succumb to its stickiness. He’s quickly followed by a shrew, a bee and other hapless creatures. But wait! Here comes a truck! It’s about to run them over. What do the animals do to escape certain disaster?
Bubble gum, bubble gum, chewy-gooey bubble gum, Icky-sticky bubble gum Melting in the road. Along comes a toad … A fine, fat toad, A fine, fat, wild — SPLAT! — wart-backed toad.
Why I like this book: The language is amazing. It’s full of bouncy rhyme-y words that dance around your mouth. And it’s FUNNY! But also, it lends itself to a fine talk about cooperation.
Links to resources:
1) Choral chant and drama activity from Jayne at ABC’s of Reading.
2) Bubble gum experiments from eHow. Okay, I know this one sounds gross … but think how crazy happy it would make your kids.
3) Bubble Gum Day guide (click the image for some writing, math, science and art ideas):
4) Rhyme Round-up (go through the book and collect all the delicious rhyming words).
Just so you know … the largest bubble ever blown was 20 inches in diameter!