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Beat the Winter Blues with Julie Falatko's THE GREAT INDOORS

by Marci Whitehurst  Is anyone else longing for spring? By the end of January, I’m ready for sunny spring days and green grass. Since I live in a place with long winters, it is usually a few months after this before we are outside doing yard work again. Kids can play in winter weather, but if the temperatures are really low, they’re fighting colds, or they’re just tired of putting on all their winter weather gear, it’s time for indoor fun. READ: Julie Falatko’s book  The Great Indoors , illustrated by Ruth Chan, is a silly book sure to help bust boredom! In this role reversal story, the forest animals come and camp out in a family’s house! While I’m sure it isn’t the family’s idea of indoor fun, the zany illustrations coupled with the animals doing what humans do, are sure to bring some laughs and inspire creative ideas. Once you’ve read the story, it’s time for fun inside activities of your own! DISCUSS: What animals live near you? What are their natural behaviors? If you could be an

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