Poppins Book Nook—March Giveaway Drawing, Book and Activity!

March Poppins Giveaway

You may remember my telling you last month that I’m serving as a co-host for the Poppins Book Nook, a virtual monthly book “club” for children and families.  This month, the book selection category was “Where in the World?,” so we selected a wonderful book set in 1820’s Capri, about a monumental discovery made by a young man and the “foreigners” visiting his island.  We actually used Red Sails to Capri, by Ann Weil, in second grade as part of our Sonlight curriculum’s read-aloud program.  But, what was a wonderful read-aloud for a 8-year-old makes a fantastic reader for a 6th grader!

March 2012Red Sails to Capri, a Newbery Honor book of 1952, is a wonderful tale of adventure, friendship, beauty, family and self-discovery.  14-year-old Michele lives with his parents, Signor and Signora Pagano, who run a mountain inn on the island of Capri.  Three mysterious travelers arrive at the inn, each on a different quest:  a French writer, in search of  adventure; the second, an English painter, to find beauty; and the third, a Danish student, to enjoy peace and quiet.  The characters are vividly drawn and Weil draws you into the story almost immediately.  By the end of the book the reader will delight at the ways each character’s deepest desire is met, and both boys and girls will enjoy the adventure.  It is a wonderful book to read aloud as a family, or for intermediate grade schoolers to read on their own.

Here are some enjoyable activities for you to do with your children as you enjoy this charming book:

1.  Do a web search (always do this activity with your child, since Internet pages can change quickly) on the Blue Grotto of Italy.   (Note:  SPOILERS!  Don’t do this activity until you finish the book!)

2.  Get out your paints and paper and do an art project!  You can use watercolor or tempera for this.  Again, I’d recommend you wait to do this project until you and your child have finished the book.

  • Get a white sheet of construction paper.
  • Read p. 147 of Red Sails to Capri again.  Think about how the author describes all that the explorers are seeing.
  • Now, paint what YOU imagine they are seeing.  Here are some of the objects you’ll want to include in your painting:  rocks, water, walls, light, air, flames.  You’ll be using all shades of blue that you can create, by darkening blue by adding more blue or even black, or lightening blue with a little white.  You’ll also be using black…and perhaps some accent colors for the flames.

3.  What about cooking some Italian foods or delicacies together?  Signora Pagano has a special way she prepares food, and some of her common meals include eggs, fish or macaroni.  Here are some delicious recipes you can make together!

4.  Because the story is told mostly in dialogue, Red Sails to Capri could also be used to create a one-act play with your children.  Select one of the more interesting chapters (there are a LOT to choose from) and assign dialogue to each member of your family.  Have them read and act out what’s happening in the chapter.

And now—-for this month’s Giveaway!!

Poppins Book Nook Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky winner will win a copy of Where in the World! The winner must reside within the United States. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here {http://enchantedhomeschoolingmom.org/disclosures/}. Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

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And, after you enter, check out other Poppins Book Nook co-hosts, for other wonderful reading ideas!

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Enjoy! Wren

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2 thoughts on “Poppins Book Nook—March Giveaway Drawing, Book and Activity!

    • Thanks, Jennifer! I personally think that the combination of Sonlight books and Five in a Row methods (lots of fun activities tied to the book) is the perfect storm for homeschooling. But that’s just my opinion! 🙂

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