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Uh-Oh, Max (Trucktown Ready-to-Roll Series by Jon Scieszka: Book CoverBook Review:  Uh-Oh, Max by Jon Scieszka
Part of the Trucktown Ready to Roll Series, Published by Aladdin, 2009

My kindergarten son loves this book, and he can even read some of the words. The Trucktown Series just begs to be picked up by little boys who love anything with wheels. Each vehicle has a personality of its own, like Izzy the Ice Cream Truck who is kind of ditzy to Gabby the Garbage Truck who loves to talk. In Uh-Oh Max, Max, a monster truck gets flipped over and needs help. Action words are plenty and keep little ones interested. Plus, the awesome illustrators, David Shannon, Loren Long, and David Gordon make these trucks come to life.

For an activity you could have your child get out his cars and trucks. Can he give them a personality and tell a story about it? You could write it down, and he could illustrate it. Plus, there are some games at, and you can meet all the characters.

My craft, Spring Treasure Haiku,  is featured in March/April’s issue of Berry Blue Haiku, an e-zine. You can currently get this issue for free by clicking on the cover. The e-zine will be sent to you for downloading. This craft is for ages 6 and up. A very good integration of writing and a craft!

Focus on the FamilyFocus on the Family has a wonderful web site for kids full of puppets that share God’s Word in a fun, exciting format. Shows, videos, games…my children love it! Jelly Telly comes from the creator of Veggie Tales, Phil Vischer. A latest episode my children watched talked about creation. These are so fun that kids don’t realize they are learning.

“JellyTelly is an online destination for families, developed in partnership between Focus on the Family and Phil Vischer’s Jellyfish Labs. As a Bible-based alternative to video and gaming sites, JellyTelly provides families with a safe place to learn and play online.

I hope you give this site a try. Instead of having kids play Wii or DS or i-phone apps, have them learn about God’s Word through these shows and games.

In March we celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day. My kindergarten son is able to read most of Green Eggs and Ham now. We recently made a bookmark for him.

1. Cut a piece of thick paper 6 inches by 2 inches. Or glue two thinner pieces of paper together.

2. Use letter stickers, stampers, markers and have your child decorate the bookmark.

3. Punch a hole at the top and tie yarn or ribbon.

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