Michael’s father tells a story about a wolf and a hen with the help of Michael and his friend, Stefan. It’s a story you won’t want to miss!
Why I like this for a read aloud book:
*Michael’s father encourages him to make decisions about how the story will go
*Warm, close relationship between Michael and his father
*Anything can happen in a story
Michael chooses a hen with colorful feathers for his story. Make Rainbow the Hen.
Draw a hen shape, or click here for this template.
Cut different colors of paper about 1″ x 8 1/2″. Maybe red, pink, purple, lavender, violet, yellow, orange, green, dark green, and light green–or whatever colors you have. (Or use more white paper and color the feathers any color you like–remember the point is to have fun together, not to create a perfect project!)
Trim one end to a point and make small slits down both sides.
Glue the feathers together and then to the tail of Rainbow. You might also like to cut out a hat, a beak, and legs and feet. Use a marker to color in the eye.
She’s beautiful and brainy!
More Family Fun
Michael, his father, and Steffie play “Bunnies and the Wolf!” Michael’s father doesn’t want to be a wolf. Play Bunnies and the Wolf/Fox.
Put a blanket or towel on the floor to be the Wolf/Fox house.
The bunnies cavort around the outside edge of the blanket singing, “Ya, ya, ya, you can’t catch me!”
The person playing the the Wolf/Fox stands on the blanket, reaches out and grabs for bunnies, pulls them onto the blanket, and stuffs them in the icebox (designate a spot on the blanket for the icebox).
The bunnies can escape saying, “Ya, ya, ya, you left the door unlocked!” when the Wolf/Fox looks away.
Even More Family Fun
Michael’s father made a very complicated box kite that was heavy and hard to get off the ground.
For instructions to make this super simple, but good kite go to More Floating Fun in Princess Hyacinth (the Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated).
Fun Firefly Facts
*Fireflies are earth friendly. They make “cold light.” All of the energy they emit is light, with no heat. In contrast, an incandescent light bulb’s energy emits 10% light and the rest heat. The wolf was smart to catch some fireflies in a jar for his light.
*Fireflies who are threatened shed drops of blood that taste bitter and are poisonous to some animals. This mechanism helps protect them from predators.
(Special thanks to www.learn-malayalam.com for three of the pictures above.)
Michael’s father gets Cracker Jack for the boys. Make Homemade Cracker Jack.
4 quarts popped corn (I used 2 pkgs. microwave popcorn, popped)
1 c. Spanish peanuts (or any kind of nut you like or no nuts at all!)
4 T. butter (half a stick)
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. light corn syrup
2 T. molasses
1/4 t. salt
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine the popped corn (pick out any un-popped kernels), and the nuts on a lightly greased cookie sheet and put them in the oven.
Put the rest of the ingredients in a heavy sauce pan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes.
Remove the popcorn and nuts from the oven and drizzle the hot liquid over the hot popcorn–be careful because everything is very hot!
Put it back in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove and stir again to get everything well mixed.
*Why do you think Michael always insists on a wolf in his stories? What would you choose if you were telling the story? Why?
*Why was Michael’s father surprised when Michael replied,”A fence”, when asked what went all around the chicken yard? What do you think Michael’s father was thinking went around the yard?
*When Michael’s father has so much trouble with the kite, Michael tells him, “With courage and patience you can fix anything.” What does that tell you about Michael’s confidence in his father? Do you agree that a person can fix anything with courage and patience? Why or why not?
*After Jimmy saved Rainbow, his family cheered and shouted. Jimmy thought he would rather have their help than their accolades, but “when you love people you do not go around finding fault with them. Or at least you shouldn’t.” What do you think of Jimmy’s comment? Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?
*Why did the boys think Waldo skinning his nose was so funny? Did you think Waldo skinning every part was funny? Why?
*Do you like Jimmy’s solution for Waldo? What would you do with Waldo if you were Jimmy? See if you can get your dad or mom to tell you a wolf story with an ending that you pick!
Find this book at your local library or buy it here. (I couldn’t find this at my local library, so I bought it. I have NO regrets!)