Reading Road Trip: A Visit to a Museum

If you’ve been traveling along with us this summer, we’ve arrived at STOP SIX of our Read, Discuss, Do! Summer Reader Road Trip. It’s a museum adventure! If this is your first week with us, you can still grab our map  and join us for an epic summer reading adventure. You can find other  printable resources here . For this week’s theme, the focus is on books that include a museum as a backdrop or any nonfiction and/or other educational book that catch’s your child’s interest. Art, science, math, history…you name it! What museums are in your area? If possible, take your children to visit a local museum and learn something new. If not, use the library as your museum and look up facts about topics of interest. READ : Any books that features a museum, or any nonfiction or educational book. Featured Book : Dakota Crumb Tiny Treasure Hunter by Jamie Michalak and illustrated by Kelly Murphy. This is a picture book about a tiny mouse that hunts for treasure at night in a huge museum. With the t

Snack and Story Time: THE PEACH PIT PARADE


by Mindy Baker

The Peach Pit Parade: A World War 1 Story by Shana Keller and illustrated by Margeaux Lucas is a great discussion starter for elementary age children and filled with fascinating history. It takes place in the WWI era. Polly's father goes to fight in the war, and the story shows how life in America changed drastically. Families like Polly's made sacrifices to help the war effort. They planted victory gardens and collected scrap metal. They used less fuel and had meatless Mondays and wheatless Wednesdays. When chemical warfare was introduced, peach pits were needed to make filters in gas masks. Polly makes a difference by organizing a parade in her community to collect peach pits. Her fictional story is based on historical truth and will inspire you to make a difference in your own community today. Includes back matter with helpful science and history details.

Read:

The Peach Pit Parade by Shana Keller, illustrated by Margeaux Lucas

Discuss:
  1. What is war? When was World War 1?
  2. What are some of the ways that Polly's life changed because of the war?
  3. What are some of the things that Polly and the other US citizens did to help the soldiers?
  4. What did the US make with the peach pits and how did this help the soldiers?
  5. Polly and her community made a difference by working together. What is one way you can help make a difference with your community?

Do: Make a Peach Smoothie.

Recipe:
  • 2 cups frozen peaches
  • 1 -2 cups shaved ice
  • 1 cup peach juice 
  • 1 container peach Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 2 Tbsp honey (or more...as you like it)
In a blender, chop the ice until snow cone consistency. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend. Add more juice to thin if so desired. Pour into glasses, add a straw, and enjoy!

For more Peach related activities, check out this curated Pinterest Board:

https://www.pinterest.com/mindybakerbooks/peach-theme/

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