Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Peg and the Yeti, by Kenneth Oppel

Anna and I loved Peg and the Yeti!

Peg, who has lived on a boat all of her life, decides to go on an adventure to climb the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest. She has a great adventure with many run-ins with the Yeti, the abominable snowman of the Himalayas.  The text, by Kenneth Oppel, is great for reading aloud and the plasticine illustrations, by Barbara Reid, add to the fun of the book.  This is definitely a book that is worth reading again and again.

While reading the book to Anna I pointed out to her the things that made it clear that this was a make believe story, instead of a true story.  This is an important skill in Language Arts.  The book could be used in number of different social studies units: a unit about mythical monsters, a unit about mountian climbing, a unit about Mount Everest and the surrounding geographical area, etc. A great resource, geared especially to children 10 and under, is Alan Arnette's Climbing Mount Everest pages where he tells about his attempt to climb Everest.

The Canada Children's Book Center site has a page titled Activity for Peg and Yeti with story time suggestions and related activities.

If you live in certain parts of Ontario, you have the chance in 2011 to go see The Carousel Players put on an adaption of Peg and the Yeti. You can download a Peg and Yeti Study guide from their site.  The guide has lots of ideas for learning activities.

1 comment:

  1. You are a wealth of information! Great job!