Book: Jib and Spinnaker - Sailors of the Low Seas by Betty Mermelsteincategories: Book, Mice, Adventure, Dust Storm, Pool Toys, Adjectives, Pool, Mouse, Children's Fiction
Betty Mermelsteinabout this book: What happens when two mice get chased into a pool during a dust storm? They want to get out, of course, but they first encounter may items that have also blown into the pool. Each one is described as to how it looks without really naming it, because the mice, Jib and Spinnaker, don't know what they're called. As they climb in, jump onto, and duck away from various objects, with Spinnaker reminding Jib as to how hungry he is, they continue their struggle until they find a way out of the pool, which they think is the ocean.
Preschool and early elementary children are shown how we can use adjectives, which are descriptive words, to tell about objects. At the end of the book, parents and teachers can suggest other things that might have blown into the pool and ask how each one could be described without saying what is really is.
The inspiration for my story was my backyard pool and some of the critters that pass through in my yard. Because I live in Phoenix, Arizona, the dust storm was a natural cause for Jib and Spinnaker's dive into the "ocean".
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