In the Tall, Tall Grass

Author: Densie Fleming

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ISBN: 9780805016352

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co

Binding: Hardcover

Year Distributed: 2019 - 2020

Availability: Current Books

Themes/Topics: Animals, Nature, Rhymes & Nursery Rhymes

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If you were a fuzzy caterpillar crawling through the tall, tall grass on a sunny afternoon, what would you see?  To find out, just follow the tiny tour guide as he inches his way through the pages of this book. You'll see ants and bees and birds--hip-hopping bunnies too. You'll even hear the sounds some of them make.  Beginning as the sun is high in the sky and ending as fireflies blink and the moon rises above, this backyard tour is one no child will want to miss.


Age Group 30 months

What’s Happening at this Age

  • May recite parts of well-known stories
  • Filling in words during read aloud
  • May be drawn to details and show enthusiasm for illustrations with parts they recognize

This is the beginning of the vocabulary avalanche! Your child is on the verge of learning so many words a day that you won’t be able to keep up! The next two years is the biggest explosion of vocabulary learning that a child will have in their entire life. Reading books with interesting language and that answer questions your child asks you can help build both vocabulary and knowledge about the world. Your child will be asking lots (and lots!) of questions. How you find out the answers together will show your child that their questions are valuable and that books and reading the internet can help us learn.

Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 30-month-old as well as tips and activities for you and your toddler!

Why did we select this book?

The book is filled with so many wonderful action words, or words that show what the animals in the tall, tall grass are doing. At 30 months, your child is doing a lot of things that are helping them grow. One of the things they are doing is growing their brain with new words. One of the ways you can help your child learn new action words is through action! For example, beetles "skitter, scurry, and hurry". With your child, try pretending to be a beetle crawling fast, or act out a beetle "scurrying" across your child's arm with your fingertips.


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10 Ways to Explore In the Tall, Tall Grass: Click to download our suggestions for simple (and fun!) activities for this favorite Raising Readers book.

One way to help your child connect with and learn words is to relate the words to their day. For example, when you have to catch the bus, say “Can we skitter, scurry, and hurry like the beetles in the tall, tall grass?” Also, never miss an opportunity to look in the grass yourselves. Will you see any of the creatures in the book? Maybe you will see a real, exciting example of a beetle or bug scurrying!


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