After finishing our journey through the alphabet, we’ve moved on to using Before Five in a Row for our preschool “curriculum”. I love Before Five in a Row and Five in a Row for the preschool years because they center around reading books and because they are so flexible. We started this week with Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom. This rhyming book is perfect for preschoolers as it follows Jesse Bear through his day. It was also perfect for my sartorially gifted preschooler as we expanded on the getting dressed theme and read a bunch of fashion themed books.
Ella Sarah knows what she wants to wear. She wants to wear ” my pink polka-dot pants, my dress with orange-and-green flowers, my purple-and-blue striped socks, my yellow shoes, and my red hat.” She doesn’t care if her family thinks it’s crazy. She knows what she wants and she means to wear what she wants. Preschoolers everywhere (and their parents) will identify with Ella Sarah and appreciate the ending when all of Ella Sarah’s friends turn up for a tea party in equally outrageous outfits. Our library copy didn’t have the medal on the cover so I was interested to see that Ella Sarah Gets Dressed won a Caldecott Honor in 2004. I think that was a tribute to Margaret Chodos-Irvine’s bright illustrations full of color and texture.
In this cute book by Jean Reidy, a litlte girl tries on outfit after outfit only to declare Goldilocks style that each one is “too purpley” or “too princessey” or “too polka-dotty”. In the end she finds an outfit that is just right. There is nothing particularly original about Too Purpley! but Ruth enjoyed it. My favorite part was that when we got to the last page Ruth declared “Acutally, I wouldn’t wear that,” and then proceeded to critique the girl’s choices.
I’ll leave you with one of our favorite outfits of Ruth’s from about 2 years ago.
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