Papa Piccolo, our FIAR title of the week, is a sweet story about a papa cat named Piccolo. The story takes place in Italy and has fabulous illustrations showing the different characteristics of Venice. Piccolo finds himself being followed by 2 little orphan kittens and in the end, he decides to “adopt” them as his own. This is such a sweet story, especially for my cat loving children! And what perfect timing that we have “adopted” a new, orphaned kitten just last week!
We actually started this book over the weekend when we had some spare time with a bee sting and very swollen foot and ankle. (Hannah.) We have read the book, which we all enjoyed; we also found Italy on the map and placed our story disk. We colored an Italian flag and also looked at pictures of all the waterways and gondolas in Italy.
HERE is a neat blog that shows a video of a little girl counting in Italian, there is another one with her saying the colors in Italian. We will be watching this later in the week.
HERE are the homeschool share resources for this book. We will be discussing primary and complementary colors by coloring the color wheel found on hss. Also on hss, I did a little poking around and found some lapbook components on cats from various other books. There wasn’t a lapbook for Papa Piccolo, but there are lapbooks for at least 2 other books about cats, so I printed some of the lapbook components about cats in general off for us to do.
And in addition to learing a little bit about Italy and doing some art lessons with color, we will be learning more about CATS! We have checked out several books about cats and are learning various facts about them as well. We are learning how to draw a cat from our Usborne How-to-Draw book, too.