Thursday, April 19, 2012

Book #110: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. & John Archambault, Illustrated by Lois Ehlert

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A told B and B told C, “I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree.”

And the letters are off, racing to the top of the coconut tree. But will there be enough room? And what happens when the lower-case letters fall out of the tree?

This classic alphabet book was first published in 1989 and has remained popular ever since. The rhyming text is extremely catchy and kids will love to shout out, “Chicka chicka boom boom! Will there be enough room?” The bold and colorful illustrations are done in Ehlert’s signature paper collage style (see my post on Planting a Rainbow). If I had to choose just one alphabet book to read, this would be my top choice hands down. No matter how many times you read it (and I’ve read it enough to memorize it), it is still fresh and exciting.

This book is commonly read in preschool and kindergarten classrooms and there are dozens of crafts and activities available. For a sample, here’s the results of a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Pinterest search. I particularly love the easy (and cheap!) toilet paper roll tree.

Many kids know this story by heart and it’s an easy one to memorize, so try telling the story without the book using a flannelboard. You can also have the kids retell the story using the flannelboard or make your own coconut tree and cut out paper or foam letters for a three dimensional retelling. Wrap up the story by singing the alphabet song.


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