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Felix and Ella's Vacation

Felix and Ella's Vacation

Spring 2013 Doing & Learning
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Author: Iris de Moüy
Illustrator: Iris de Moüy
ISBN: 978-1-61067-071-5
Hardcover Price: $18.99

Felix and Ella's Vacation with Friends identifies a number of particular vacation settings, such as the farm, the mountains, or the beach, and depicts a multicultural series of children (and occasionally animals) doing vacation-related activities. On the farm, for example, Ella pets a rabbit and Fiona feeds chickens, and at the beach, Ali plays Frisbee and Felix pretends to be a pirate. Each two-page spread with pictures of children and descriptive captions alternates with a two-page spread that pictures the same setting of the beach or the farm without the children, animals, and toys. The word book comes packaged with a sticker book that contains reusable plastic stickers picturing the same characters and toys, so that children can decorate the blank scenes with the appropriate stickers (or, for that matter, the "inappropriate" stickers, if their fancies lead them to deposit a hapless bathing-suit-clad child in the snowy mountains, just to shake up the vacation experience a little).

Moreover, the blank scenes provide the opportunity for parents and children to invent some stories together. This book package will provide a nice travel activity for—what else?—the journeys to and from vacation, and will continue to provide entertainment back at home.

Naomi Lesley   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Naomi Lesley taught middle and high school English for six years. She is currently in a doctoral program at the George Washington University, focusing on American young adult literature.

Look for this product at:
Kane Miller Books, a division of EDC Publishing

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