Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Grandfather Tang's Story – A Kid's Review

 Review by Johnny Boo, age 4


Grandfather Tang's Story: A Tale Told With Tangrams
Author/illustrator: Ann Tompert/Robert Andrew Parker

Grandfather Tang's Story is about a little girl and a grandfather. The grandfather made up a tangram story about fairy foxes. They turn into animals like goldfish and hawks and a lion. I like this book because it was so agreeable and because it's so fantastic. My favorite part was when the crocodile lashed his wicked tail. I would recommend this book to kids who like fantastic books.


Here is our flannel board with the seven (poorly cut-out) pieces, or tans, of the tangram square:















According to the book, "when tangrams are used in storytelling, the storyteller arranges the tans to show the shape of a character in the tale." Here is our fantastic fox, which was then rearranged into different animal shapes:















We're linking this post up at ABC and 123's Show and Tell Blog Hop, the Book Lovers' Blog Hop at Story Time Under the Stars, Kids Get Crafty at Red Ted Art's Blog, A Crafty Soiree at Katie's Nesting Spot, Read-Aloud Thursday at Hope Is the Word, stART at A Mommy's Adventures, Feed Me Books Friday at Little Sprout Books, Read. Explore. Learn. at JDaniel4's Mom, and Play Academy at NurtureStore. I think that's all for now.

13 comments:

Kristina Barnes♥ said...

Oh, storytelling using tangrams sounds so very interesting! I love how you posted up pictures of your very own tangrams!

Thanks for the review <3

Janet said...

Great book! I used it in a math workshop once, and had everyone cut out the tangram pieces from paper and arrange them as I read the story. The flannel board is a great idea too.

RedTedArt said...

I used to have Tangrams as a child and really want to make some with Red Ted (soon)..

Thanks for the reminder!!

And thanks again for linking up to Kids Get Crafty :-) much appreciated!

Maggy
Red Ted Art

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Tangrams are always so much fun!

Brimful Curiosities said...

I never thought about making tangrams out of felt for our flannel board. Great idea I intend to copy.

Debbie said...

Oh what fun! I like the idea that you made felt tangrams!

homeage said...

Sounds like an interestin book and a fun idea. I don't think I've ever seen or done very much with tangram before.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the flannel board idea. It would make tangrams easier to use for my son.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Thank you so much for stopping by and linking to Read.Explore.Learn. I will now a great place to remind me of your wonderful activity.

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Sounds like a great book and I like that you also made your own versions of the animals in the story. We have a set of tangrams and my daughter is having a hard time recreating the pictures. I'll have to check this out, I bet she'd be more motivated to try to do something after reading the book. Thanks for sharing with us at A Crafty Soiree and Show & Tell on ABC & 123: A Learning Cooperative!

FrugalMom said...

Great review! This sounds like a book my boys would love!


Thank you for participating in the Book Lover’s Blog Hop @ Story Time Under the Stars. I hope you will link up a book review and participate in this week’s Book Lover’s Blog Hop as well. The linky will be up soon!

Cathy at NurtureStore said...

Thanks for sharing this idea with us at the Play Academy - I think B would love to have a go with some tang pictures. Hope you'll join us this Friday too. Cathy :)

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

Thanks for the link-up at Feed Me Books Friday - sorry I'm slow to visit this week! B has been really enjoying the flannel board at the library lately, so I'll have to try the tangrams! Thanks!