Last Friday night, I hosted the Ds Sisterhood for a Brown Bear, Brown Bear book embellishing party. We had 14 moms and one nana, plus a few adorable kids. The book is called Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. and artwork by one of my favorite artists, Eric Carle.
I borrowed the embellishing idea from Bessie Barth, Music Therapist and Director of Music to Grow On. She writes, "This was my original idea especially since I had some clients with visual impairments that needed something to experience the book. I also found that it was more engaging for many of my clients and made it multi-sensory and easier to follow along." Two of her interns took the idea and really tried to make the book true to textures related to the animals as best they could.
John Michael loves to feel the different textures. We love the book because of the sing-songy text. For each page, we sign and say the color and animal name and then make the associated animal sound. For goldfish, we usually call it orange fish and smack our lips. It's very funny to watch JM do it!
Joey, Eva and Sofia played while their mamas crafted. My daughter, Anna, did a great job entertaining them.
We finished the evening watching Deedah. "Deedah is an honest, touching and often humorous account of a seven-year old girl’s relationship with her six-year old brother, who has Down syndrome. The 26-minute film, shot in documentary news style, follows the siblings through their daily lives."
While watching the film, I saw glimpses of Greta (5) and John Michael (almost 3) a few years down the road. Greta loves John Michael without condition. She nurtures him, cares for him, plays with him, dances with him, chases him, encourages and motivates him and is an advocate for him to other kids at her school. He calls her "Deh duh" for Greta and we sometimes call her that, too, just for fun. This is one of those films that should be seen by every school-aged child, as well as doctors, teachers and other parents.
I've included several more photos from our book embellishing. I'm hoping to contact Eric Carle to show him how cool his artwork looks in 3D!
Red bird has red feathers that fly off the page!
The blue horse has yarn hair. We used hot glue for this.
The teacher's glasses were made out of blue chenille stems.
The bottom row of children have googly eyes glued on.