Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Moon Might Be Milk - Story and Craft



Debbie at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn, recommended Lisa Shulman's The Moon Might Be Milk, a while back, and we finally got around to checking it out from the library, this week.

We were not disappointed. In fact, we were thrilled by fanciful text, and the cheerfully colorful illustrations by Will Hillenbrand.

A little girl asks several of her animal friends, what they think the moon is made of. Cat thinks it's milk. Hen thinks it's an egg, hatching tiny chick stars. Butterfly thinks it's sweet, sparkly sugar. Dog thinks it's butter. And, Mouse thinks it's flour, which blows off to form fluffy clouds.

They all agree to ask the little girl's grandmother, who is, as it turns out, just preparing to make cookies. As she mixes the ingredients together, it is decided the moon is a giant sugar cookie in the sky. Leaving only the question - "What is the sun made of?"


Now, if you've read this blog at all, you probably already know we followed the recipe, at the back of the book, to make the cookies.




But, while the cookies were baking, we did a little art project, too.


The girls drew moons, and stars, with crayons, on black construction paper.



Then, they rubbed on some flour clouds...



...and, added glue for sparkly, sugar sprinkles.


For more story stretching fun, be sure to check out this week's stART (story+art) link up, at A Mommy's Adventures.



It's great to be a homeschooler.

13 comments:

Raising a Happy Child said...

This is a great way to combine story and art. I still have to look for this book in the library.

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

What a great book! We're going to have to add that to our list. Were the cookies any good? I've been very disappointed by "back of book" recipes before.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Christianne - Yes, the cookies were quite good. We were very pleased.

Kelly said...

How fun! It looks like a great book. We'll have to look for it.

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

If I can get my hands on the book, we'll try the recipe. BTW - Sun Bread would be a great follow up book!

Trudie said...

What a wonderful book, not only a craft but baking as well!

Brimful Curiosities said...

I remember reading Debbie's post but never got around to checking out the book. Thanks for the reminder!

melaniet42 said...

That book looks great! I love the pictures on black construction paper. I'll have to pull that out sometime...

amy2blessings said...

I like what you did with book, I have never read this book but will keep it mind.

Debbie said...

I am so glad your kids enjoyed this book. It is still one of Selena's favorites, she looks for it everytime we go to the library. I really should just buy it for her.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

What a fun project, and a great book!!

Ticia said...

Someone beat me to asking if the cookies were good.
You know, I should try sprinkling sugar or flour on art projects sometime.

Wonder Mom said...

Ya know, with all the cookies you all make, I am surprised your house hasn't been burglarized by Cookie Monster yet! ;0)