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How to Catch a Star

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The simple illustrations can be used as a sequencing activity on a time line or a washing line as the children retell it independently. Hailey is 7 and is more than capable of reading the short text in the book yet she too was enthralled, primarily by the vague, crisp images used, as she could see herself in the boy and recognized her own surroundings in that which the boy found himself. An excellent book for children who are at the early readers stage too, as the images together with the short text will help guide them and the boy on his journey.

I have found that a Talk 4 Writing approach works really well with this story as it has a simple and repetitive structure that is easy to learn orally through use of a simple story map. It lends itself to fun actions too.In areas of provision stars can be hidden in foam or gooey gloop, caught and threaded onto string or wool. They can be made in salt dough or play dough, star shapes can be used for printing, glittery stars can be made from card and beads threaded onto string to make tails… For any child reading the book or listening to it being read, they will leave with the feeling that they to can overcome challenges and obtain their hearts desires, making their dreams come true with determination and will power alone.

How to Catch A Star tells the tale of the boy as he goes on a quest to catch a star of his very own exploring the boys plots to seize his star – ranging from using a lifebelt as a lasso to jumping up and grabbing it. I then like to change things a little by creating an instructional text ‘How to Catch a Star’. The children learn this text map and then innovate it, choosing their own way to catch one. This can be written up in a simple format following the key features of writing instructions.If you want to be less ethereal then Perry Como’s ‘Catch a Falling Star’ creates a more upbeat feel…

Jeffers uses words sparingly but when he does they’re the right ones - with classic lines like “He thought he could fly up in his spaceship and just grab the star. But his spaceship had run out of petrol last Tuesday when he flew to the moon”– such sparkles of humour make it a great read for adults too. I also love the story ‘Katie and the Starry Night’ which works beautifully with the Oliver Jeffers book and can lead to art activities based on the Van Gough painting. One of the best author / illustrators ever is Oliver Jeffers. He is probably best know for ‘Lost and Found’ a beautiful book and animation about the blossoming friendship between a boy and his penguin.This week our bedtime story was chosen by Conor (who camps out in Easons Bookstore in Castlebar every time we go in). He loves the large books with lots of visually appealing illustrations with fewer words as he is not reading yet and primarily communicates & understands the world around him through pictures. The Author/Illustrator Oliver Jeffers did not disappoint in his premier work “How to catch a Star”. How to Catch A Star Finally he sees a star ‘floating’ in the water and he thinks this is finally his chance get his prize – and so he does as a star fish washes up on the shore. The ending to this book really is uplifting and heartwarming as the little boy realises his dream and catches his very own ‘star’. It’s the sort of adventure children would love to imagine themselves in and at the same time can relate to his determination - that’s possibly why they love reading it. Embark on a new journey with Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Move in on a deserted island, make friends with the locals, and decorate your entire town! Curate your experience and live the way YOU want.

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