Cousins of Clouds

Cousins of Clouds
Tracie's NEW BOOK!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms

Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms

by Christine Kole MacLean
Illustrated by Mike Reed

What do you think this book is about? What do you think the two children are playing on the front? What’s wrong with the teddy on the back?

What are the jobs the kids pretend to have?
What are your favorite things to play pretend?

What things from the house do the kids use to set up their make believe play?
Could you use these things at your house?

Choose your favorite page. Why is it your favorite?
What do you think the kids would use if they wanted to play cowboy?

What else could you use to dress up like an astronaut?
Who tells this story?

What would you like to be when you grow up?
What types of things does that person use in his or her job?

What do you think happens after the book ends?
Which game would you most like to play with the boy and his sister? Why?

Multiple Intelligence Projects for

Even Firefighters Hug their Moms

by Christine Kole MacLean
Illustrated by Mike Reed

Verbal/ Linguistic

Pretend you are a news reporter, and report on one of the incidents in the story. For example, how did the fire get started? Interview the firefighters who rescued the family. How is the family doing now? Report live from the scene! Use a “microphone” and maybe even your mom or dad can be your camera crews to capture the news live!

Logical/ Mathematical

Count how many times these things appear in the book:

pink pig
teddy bear
purple dinosaur
American flag

Visual/ Spatial

Supplies: Paper, yarn, straws
Directions: Precut circular and rectangular shapes from construction paper. Have kids glue the precut shapes on to a piece of construction paper to look like a fire truck. Add yarn or string for the fire hose and use straws to make a ladder.


Act out all the scenes from the book as your mom reads them aloud. Then, invent your own scene in the job that you want to do when you grow up.

Musical/ Rhythmic

 Sing these fun songs, or make up a new one on your favorite job.
Sing to the tune: "I'm A Little Teapot"

I am a fireman dressed in red.
With my fire hat on my head.
I can drive the fire truck, fight fire too,
And help make things safe for you.

Sing to the tune:  "3 Blind Mice"
9-1-1, 9-1-1,
Help's on the way, help's on the way.
If I need help, I know what to do,
I can call the police and the firehouse, too,
It makes me feel safe to know what to do.
Dial 9-1-1.

Cooperative learning.
Play school, with one child being the teacher and the other(s) being students. Take turns teaching friends about things you already know. Use a chalkboard or wipe board if possible. Pass out stickers, “read” aloud, and have fun!

In the Kitchen:

Make these yummy building logs:

Ingredients: 1/3 cup peanut butter, 3 tablespoons honey, 1/2 cup crushed corn flakes, 1/2
cup quick oatmeal, 1/4 cup dry milk, chocolate sprinkles, measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowl, wooden spoon, baking sheet

Place the peanut butter and honey in a mixing bowl and mix well with the
wooden spoon. Add the corn flakes, oatmeal and milk to the peanut butter
mixture and mix well. Pinch off a small amount of the dough mixture. Roll the
small amount of dough into 2-inch-long by 1/2-inch-wide logs. Place the
sprinkles on the baking sheet. Roll the logs in sprinkles. Stack the logs on a
plate on top of one another in a building formation. Serve the building as a snack!