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Welcome Home, Beaver

Author: Magnus Weightman

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ISBN: 9781605373577

Publisher: Clavis

Binding: Hardcover

Year Distributed: 2020 - 2021

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Animals, Imagination & Adventure

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Beaver leaves his riverside home to seek adventure. When he gets lost, Akita helps him find his way home again. But what does Beaver's home look like? Does he live in a nest, hanging in a tree? Or in a hiding place at the bottom of the sea? Beaver and Akita set off in a hot-air balloon to travel the world and find their way home. Illustrator Magnus Weightman takes us on a tour around the world visiting all kinds of fascinating animal houses. A map showing the locations of each animal's habitat is given at the back of the book. For children ages 4 and up, and for everyone who loves to explore and who loves animals. Our thanks to Magnus Weightman and Clavis Publishing who accommodated all our special requests on this custom edition for Maine families.

Age Group 4 years

What’s Happening at this Age

  • Understanding that words are read from left to right and pages are read from top to bottom
  • Recognizing their name in print and other often-seen words, like those on signs name beginning letters or sounds of words
  • Matching some letters to their sounds
  • Developing awareness of syllables
  • May use familiar letters to try writing words
  • Retelling stories that have been read to them

Your child already knows how to read some words! Familiar favorite words like their own name, friends’ names, the name of their favorite restaurant, or other places you frequent, are part of your child’s sight word vocabulary. They aren’t quite decoding the words as they will later but they recognize the shape of the word when written out. Some logos like McDonalds or Subway also have color cues that your child can use to figure out the word. More and more, your child is paying attention to the visual clues of words. They are also continuing to make connections between the sounds and the letters that represent them. They may be telling stories by drawing pictures and sometimes adding letters or even a whole word to their drawings. This is a busy time in emergent literacy as your child is standing right on the edge of being able to read and write themselves!

Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 4-year-old as well as tips and activities for you and your child!

Book Acticity
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