ACTIVITIES * TEACHING RESOURCES * LESSON PLANS * REVIEWS
I'll Play With You
by Mary McKenna Siddals
illustrated by David Wisniewski
Clarion Books / 2000
Children speak to the sun, wind, clouds, rain, stars, and moon, asking to play with them.
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Stretch out with Earth and Sky Yoga
Capture the sound of rain by making a rainstick
Go on a Weather Adventure:
Riding the Winds with Kalani
Play some Weather Wiz Kids Games
Do some Weather Wiz Kids Experiments
Identify the shadows in Tigger's Shadow Shapes Game
What do you see in the clouds? Use your imagination!
Play the Cloud Matching Game
Create a little lightning with this Super Sparker
Splash your way through Kai-lan's Puddle Hop
Play the Rainbow Rescue game online
Click and drag to build this jigsaw puzzle of the moon
TEACHING RESOURCES and LESSON PLANS
Rainbow Activity Theme (ChildFun)
Rain and Clouds Theme (kid activities)
Riding the Winds with Kalani:
A Weather Adventure (teacher's guide)
Weather Wiz Kids - a meteorologist-designed website
Windsocks and Wind Chimes (Kid Activities)
Rainbow Theme (Kid Activities)
Cloud Module storybook and learning activities
(GLOBE program - free downloads)
PEEP and the Big Wide World: Stormy Weather
(PBS video & support materials)
Our Big Home: Storytime Guide/Activities (pdf)
* A whimsical conversation
with children and the elements….
--Bank Street "Best Children's Books
of the Year" (starred)
Multicultural kids ask the sun, wind, clouds,
stars, and rain to play and are swept up
with the spirit and beauty of the elements.
—Nick Jr. Magazine "Best Books"
A comforting solitude that suggests
a fresh connection with the world.
An excellent bedtime book, this will
encourage urban and rural kids alike
to engage with the outdoors.
—American Library Association Booklist
Young listeners are bound to enjoy
this attractive offering and the smooth,
rhythmic text is well suited to reading aloud.
—School Library Journal
May inspire young listeners to enjoy
some of their own running, splashing,
and jumping in the great outdoors.
—KM, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
The small-sized book, which features children of several different ethnicities, is a good introduction
to some basic features of the natural world.
—The Horn Book
A lyrical tale about the joys of outdoor play
brings together in friendship a group of
multiethnic children, who romp in the sun,
wind, rain, and moonlight, in a hand-sized
story featuring cut-paper illustrations.
—The Librarian’s Choice
A graceful tribute to nature and
to children's imaginative enjoyment of it.
—Emily Will in Provident BookFinder
With Caldecott medalist David Wisniewski's
trademark cut paper illustrations,
the reader is introduced to sun and shadow,
rain and thunder, rainbows, clouds and wind….
This little book could invoke maximum discussion.
to all parents of young children.
—Carl Contreras in
The Lorgnette - Heart of Texas Reviews
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