Chapter A Night – Nuts to You

Our Chapter A Night selection is Nuts to You, by Lynne Rae Perkins!

We’ll begin the adventure together on Wednesday, October 10th at 6:30 p.m. in the Youth Program Room. Books will be given to each family joining the Chapter A Night Book Group.

Have you ever had an unexpected adventures? We hope you will share your tale with us!

When Jed is carried away by a hawk he is flown far away from his home and friends. TsTs and Chai take off after their friend. They meet a friends and encounter danger on their adventures.

Learn about Lynne Rae Perkins. Here are some details from Wikipedia to give you a brief overview of the author, Lynne Rae Perkins.

Lynne Rae Perkins (born July 31, 1956) is an American writer and illustrator of children’s books.

Her novel Criss Cross, winner of the 2006 Newbery Medal, is a book of vignettes, illustrations, photographs, and poems about a group of four small-town teenagers.

Perkins was born and raised in Cheswick, Pennsylvania, a suburb fourteen miles northeast of Pittsburgh in the Allegheny River Valley. She earned her B.A. at The Pennsylvania State University in 1978 and her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 1981. She currently lives with her husband and two children in Suttons Bay, Michigan.

You can learn more about Lynne Rae Perkins by reading this biographical sketch she wrote about herself.

The Adventure Begins – Week of October 15th

Jip kept yelling “Wolf!” just to see all the other squirrels run. He thought it was funny. Jed was the only squirrel ignoring Jip. He was busy getting his nuts buried in anticipation of the coming winter. Then one day Jip did see something dangerous in the air. He wanted to say something, but was too frightened to say the right word. Jed didn’t notice how silent and still things had gotten until it was too late.

Jed was picked up by the hawk. Jed had to figure out what to do to escape. He distracted the hawk by talking about mice in the field. He then relaxed his body so that he could slip out of the hawk’s talons.

A little comic relief

Comic relief is used to make a scary situation in a movie or a book a little less scary. It’s when something a funny or unexpected happens to the character that makes you laugh a little. Describe the comic relief that happens in Chapter 2 to Jed?

Squirrels in Our World

Look outside your window. Do you see any squirrels? Are they getting ready for winter like the ones in the book? How are they getting ready? What are they doing? Do they look different than they did in the summer? Are they chattering with each other?

Maps – Week of October 22nd

Tsts tells Chai that she saw Jed fall from the Hawk’s grasp down to the forest. She describes where Jed landed. She says that it’s near “the spiderweb. But not the closest one. The one after that.” Tsts tells Chai that they can go on the buzzpaths from spiderweb to spiderweb to find Jed. She knows that they are attached to each other. Tsts is very observant about the world around her. In the book you can see the pictures of the landmarks Tsts describes: the silvery egg, the tall frozen spiderweb and the great beak that sometimes sings but never opens.

Could you draw a map of the world around your house? How would you describe the bigger landmarks nearby? Make a map that will take you to a special place in your life. Is the special place a park nearby, a friend’s house, or the library? Be as creative as you can with your map.

Word Play – Week of October 29th

Throughout Nuts to You, there are jokes and plays on words. Words can mean the specific thing they refer to, and sometimes they can mean something else. For instance, nuts means the meaty thing the squirrels eat. In this story nuts also means happy, hello, goodbye, and crazy. Can you think of words that you use that have many meanings? What are the words and give their meanings?

Speaking of having fun with words, Mad Libs is a wonderful word game that people play. Go to this link where you can download a couple of the silly scripts to play Mad Libs with your friends or family. Or you could make up a Mad Libs script of your own. Use the characters in Nuts to You to do just that. If you’re curious about how Mad Libs came to be you can follow this link for the history.

The Squirrel Game – Week of November 5th

Sometimes you have to make up a game to get people to go along with you. On page 190, Jed and Chai decide that in order to get the other squirrels to move away from the buzzpaths they need to find a way to appeal to their squirrel nature. Jed says, “ What is squirrel nature? I guess it’s that we like games, and we like stories.” Tchke agrees. She says, “instead of fighting squirrel nature, maybe we can use it.” They decide that to get all the squirrels to move and move their nuts. They call the game “Move.”

Have you ever played a game to clean up your room, do laundry or your homework? What did you call it? Were there teams? Make up a game to play with your family today. Share your game with us at the party next week.

Party details:

Our Final Chapter Party is next week, November 14th from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.   I’ll be sending out an email asking for RSVP information this week.

Other events this week:

The books that have been chosen for the 4th and 5th Grade Battle of the Books, and The Middle School Challenge Battle of the Books, are available now!  Check our website here for details about the titles. Come in and sign up your team!

On Wednesday, November 7th we’ll be having a Sleep-Under Family Storytime. Check our website here for details. PJ’s and Stuffies are welcome to join us!