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Story Stretchers: Activities to Expand Children's Favorite Books Paperback – July 1, 1989
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90 children's books are organized into teaching units. The books and activities in the units can be used as a group or individually as resources in support of topics and/or projects in the classroom. --Dimensions of Early Childhood "Review of Professional Literature"
About the Author
Shirley C. Raines is a former classroom teacher, Head Start director, and child care center director, holding a doctorate in education from University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she also earned her master of science degree. Currently, she is president of the University of Memphis and the first woman to hold that position.
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An example of the content: the first theme is Families, and the five featured books are 'A Baby Sister for Frances', 'Me Too!', 'Whose Mouse Are You?', 'Five Minutes' Peace', and 'Titch'. For 'Titch', story stretcher activities are: decorating t-shirts; listening to a tape of the story and turning the pages; counting to three; watching plants grow; making a pinwheel. Other themes include Friendship, Feelings, Colors, Counting, and Transportation.
As someone interested in homeschooling one child, I found that quite a few of these activities were inappropriate for me, but some were adaptable and others were as applicable to one child as to many.
An appendix instructs one in binding a book, constructing a rebus chart and making art dough. Separate indices list authors and illustrators; book titles (both featured and recommended); activities organized by type; and terms (objects, concepts and techniques used in the activities).
Strengths: nice book selection; well-organized and presented.
Weaknesses: activities are not consistently relevant or creative; no information is given about appropriate age or reading levels for the books or activities.
Overall, I would say this is a valuable resource, particularly if you are working with a group of children and don't have the time or the knack for coming up with ideas of your own to expand on reading material.