Oh me. Oh my.
You guys know I love finding new authors for your littles’ reading pleasure. It is my favorite. And I have found you another one that is going to make you very happy. J.B. Allen writes about the animals at Elm Grove (which happens to be a real farm–how much does that rock?!) and she does it with style.
Isabella: The Cow Who Wanted to Sing is just about the most precious thing I’ve ever read. And I mean that in the best way. So when I was given the chance to get my hands on it for a Story Time, I was thrilled. Thrilled, y’all. Because this book. I can’t even.
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Isabella is not only written in a way that’s easy to read and hear, it has such finesse. And wonderful lessons about encouraging others and chasing your dreams. Isabella wants to sing like her friend, Mrs. Meadowlark. She’s sad because she doesn’t think she can, so she wanders to a new meadow full of buttercups. The sight lifts her spirits and she moos happily. Imagine her surprise when Mrs. Butterfly exclaims over the beauty of Isabella’s voice and begins to dance!
Adorable illustrations accompany this sweet story, making it a perfect gift for any little. And can you even? There’s a whole series about the farm animals who share Elm Grove with Isabella! Be still, my heart! I am crushing hard.
I’ve come up with some amazing extensions to accompany the book, so I hope you’ll hop over and buy one for your little readers and get ready to have some fun!
This post is sponsored by Elm Grove Publications, but the opinions? They’re entirely my own.
Isabella the Cow Activities
Such gorgeous adjectives accompany Isabella’s story, I thought it would be fun for your littles to make their own adjectives book to fill in. Here’s the free printable:
Learn About Meadowlarks
Mrs. Meadowlark is Isabella’s best friend, so what better subject to learn about for science than meadowlarks? This free 9-page unit study has all kinds of fun things to do.
Paper Plate Mrs. Butterfly
There is a fantastic cow project at the back of the book, so let’s mix it up and make Mrs. Butterfly!
What you need:
- 1 paper plate
- Lit Mama’s Mrs. Butterfly Template
- Black and yellow tempera paints
- Black chenille stem
- Hole punch
What you do:
- Print out Lit Mama’s Mrs. Butterfly Template
- Fold paper plate in half
- Trace template onto paper plate, lining up straight edge with plate fold and short wing with ridged bottom of plate
- Cut template from paper plate and unfold
- Paint inside of plate’s circle yellow
- Paint large tips of wings black
- Paint raised ridges of lower wings yellow
- Fill in the rest of lower wings with black
- Cut chenille stem into 3 pieces: 1 5″ piece and 2 3″ pieces
- Wrap 5″ chenille stem around center of butterfly’s body
- Hole punch each large wing near the body
- Wrap chenille stems through holes to make antennae
How cute is that? And sooo easy!
Inspired by the new field of buttercups Isabella finds, these cookies are sure to please your little ones and easy to make!
What you need:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 3/4 cups sifted flour
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 egg white
- 1 Tbsp water
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 10-oz package Reese’s miniatures
What you do:
- Preheat oven to 375F
- In a mixer, cream butters and brown and white sugars until light and fluffy
- Blend in egg
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt
- Add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix well
- Roll into 1-inch balls
- Combine egg white and water in a small bowl and put powdered sugar into another bowl
- Roll balls into egg white mixture and then in powdered sugar
- Place balls on ungreased cookie sheet and press thumb into center to make a depression
- Bake 8-10 minutes
- Remove from oven and immediately place a Reese’s miniature into the center of each
- Allow to cool completely
I’m not making it up that I am completely in love with these books and their author. Ms. Allen is a kindred soul–another person who believes wholeheartedly in the yummy goodness of reading aloud to kids. If you’re still looking for a great gift this holiday season, Isabella: The Cow Who Wanted to Sing is definitely the thing.