It is OCTOBER, one of my favorite months. Both in my therapy sessions and at home, we love doing fall and Halloween themed activities and reading fun themed books as well.
A couple years ago, I discovered the book Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. My kids LOVE it. It is such a FUN book that most children will really enjoy. So I was thrilled when I was contacted to review this book and the new Room on the Broom DVDÂ just in time for Halloween (no, it’s not a Halloween book, but witches stories go well with the holiday!)Â Â A while back, I reviewed the The Gruffalo MovieÂ and some products for another Julia Donaldson book The GruffaloÂ and was very pleased with the movie and products (you can read more about The Gruffalo book HEREÂ , which we LOVE, Â and read more about The Gruffalo MovieÂ and other products HERE).
And…I’m thrilled to tell you all that the great people from Room on the Broom will be giving away a copy of the Room on the Broom DVDÂ to one my lucky readers! You can read more at the end of this post.
What is Room on the Broom About?
The witch and her cat are taking a fly on her broom…but the wind keeps blowing the witches belongings off her stick and to the ground. “Down!” cried the witch, Â as she goes down to retrieve her missing items. On the ground several different animals help find her missing items, and then they too ask for a ride on her broom. But is their room on the broom? Soon the witch and her friends come face to face with a hungry dragon who “is as mean as can be and witch with french fries sounds delicious” to him. What will become of the witch and her broom? You need to read to find out!
What do I Love about Room on the Broom?
I love the rhyming in this book. The rhyming patterns can help build phonological awareness skills that help young children be stronger readers and spellers. I also love the large, colorful illustrations by Axel Scheffler. In addition, this book provides many opportunities for learning new vocabulary. Words such as ginger, clambered, reeds, moors, yowl, bog & cauldron are some that come to mind.
The best part, is that my kids and clients LOVE this book. We love to read the line “DOWN cried the witch!” together and in silly voices and because of the rhyme, my kids are better able to “predict” the words and “read along” with me.
Activities to Go Along with Room on the Broom
Looking for some fun activities to go along with Room on the Broom? Check these out!
Toddler Approved shares some fun learning and reading/pre reading activities.
The Home Teacher shares a story retelling activity along with other witch-themed activities and treats.
Room on the Broom: The Movie
Just like The Gruffalo Movie, the Room on the Broom Â movie is basically Â the book in a movie form. So often, movie versions of books are changed and leave details out, but in this movie the story is narrated with the book’s text along with animation. My favorite part of this movie is the lack of loud music that comes with most children’s flicks. In theÂ Â Room on the BroomÂ movie, there is a quiet gentle music that plays in the background here and there while leaving the most important content, as in the STORY, upfront. In addition, the movie is short so your child is not getting a ton of screen time (great for keeping your kids busy as you get dinner ready!). My children really enjoyed seeing one of their favorite books on the screen and asked to watch it again and again.
Your Chance to Win!
As I mentioned, the wonderful folks at Room on the Broom are giving away one copy of the Room on the Broom DVD to one of my readers! This giveaway is open to US residents only, age 18 and over, VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. No purchase necessary. Promotion is open from Friday 10/4/2013 at 12am pacific through Thursday October 10th at 11:59pm pacific.Â Entering in the rafflecopter below assumes you have read and accepted the full terms of the giveaway. Good luck!