Why We Love It
A bear and a boy go on a magical berry-picking adventure filled with ice skating elephants, a brass band of raspberry rabbits and shooting rockets. Bruce Degan’s lively illustrations, short rhymes and familiar repeats are especially enjoyable to young children making Jamberry a fun read-aloud, especially when berries are in season. The only thing more fun than seeing the berries spilling across each page might be eating berries at the end.
- Enjoy some berries while or after you enjoy the book.
- Mash some blackberries and mix with some water to make fingerpaints for your toddler. Taping the paper down makes an easier painting target for young hands.
- You can take the fun outside and let your toddler enjoy the texture and feel of the mash from the comfort of a wading pool or by a water source for easy cleanup.
- Paint your toddler’s hands with the berry mash and make a handprint picture allowing your toddler to press their hands against a piece of paper taped to a surface or a paper plate.
- Use blue and red blocks as plastic “berries” and practice sorting each color into two pails or bins.
- The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood
- Silly Sally by Audrey Wood
- Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey