Elwyn Brooks White (1899 – 1985) wrote three children’s books. These classic tales about a pig, a spider, a mouse, and a trumpeter swan teach kids the importance of friendship, adventure, and how to overcome obstacles or disabilities. Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan were all part of my childhood storytime. Sharing them now with my kids is like passing on something precious that I can enjoy again through their eyes (and minds).
Fun activities to do after reading:
– Make puppets of the characters with felt, paper, and Popsicle sticks.
– Ask your child to name his or her favorite animal and find other books at your local library about that animal.
– Ask your kids how they might change any part of these stories if they had written them.
– If your kids like to draw, ask them to draw their own covers for the books.