Hey, I had a really nice thank you note today from a mom who bought a copy of DOGGIE DAY CAMP. When she shared it with her stepson, who was struggling a bit recognizing adverbs, Bubba’s story seemed to flip the adverbial light on for him.
I had a great time at MAIN STREET BOOKS in St. Charles, Missouri today, signing copies of HAMSTER HOLIDAYS as well as DOGGIE DAY CAMP, KITTY KERPLUNKING (also from the Pet Grammar Parade series) and GIFTS FROM GOD as well.
I had a fun start to the morning today with an interview for the local St. Louis Suburban Journal. It’s great to be able to share my love for literacy–reading, writing, creating. That’s why I write–for the kids. To excite them about the world of literature.
Gayle Jacobson-Huset, Fiction & Poetry Editor for STORIES FOR CHILDREN MAGAZINE, said, “I give this book [HAMSTER HOLIDAYS] a high five for the excellent learning tools Author Cynthia Reeg has included to make learning so much fun, and for the colorful, kid-friendly illustrations by Kit Grady. This book is definitely a keeper!”
I wanted to share the lovely interview HAMSTER HOLIDAYS received at Armchair Interviews.com.
My local groupies included my brother Frank, my neice Amy and her daughter Avery. Here’s a picture of Avery saying “hello” to Bubba the dog from DOGGIE DAY CAMP.
And what a great audience I had to share Bubba’s adventures with. The children all puffed some silly snores just like Bubba. And howled a noisy song just like Bubba. And they played Bubba Says to learn about verbs and adverbs. It was an incredible adventure all around.
Bubba and I were asked to come back again. We can’t wait!
Studies show that beginning formal grammar studies for students under third or fourth grade can be counterproductive, but grammar concepts can still be gradually introduced to younger children if done gently. Story books such as this are a wonderful way to do so. There is an introduction that explains what verbs and adverbs are. At the end, there is a study guide that gives further information about verbs and adverbs and contains several fun activities for children that will help to reinforce what they have learned. I would hope that books like this will find a ready audience. They are sorely needed! I really like this idea.
Heidi Strawser, an E-book reviewer for the Schoolhouse Store and a Marketing Assistant for Old Schoolhouse magazine and a homeschooling mom, had this to say about DOGGIE DAY CAMP at Take Root and Write– Reviews by, Heidi:
Doggie Day Camp: Verb and Adverb Adventures is part of a series of books that Cynthia is writing called “Pet Grammar Parade”. This book not only contains a cute little story about a dog named Bubba, but it’s also a very educational book. As a homeschooling mother, these are the types of books I enjoy!
At the beginning of Doggy Day Camp, Cynthia explains what verbs and adverbs are. Verbs are explained in blue and adverbs in red. Then, throughout the book, every time a verb or adverb is used, it is written in that same color, for easy recognition and identification. Kids won’t even realize that they are learning, but their brain will be putting the colors together with the parts of speech, and they’ll be learning in a fun way!
After the story, there is more explanation (a “study guide”) on verbs and adverbs and their usage.The book also contains 6 worksheet-style activities (such as word search, fill-in-the-blank, and scrambled words). And, the best part for parents – the answer key!
To read all of the review, click here.