We had our first meeting in September and our second today. Didn’t plan for it to happen that way. But life got in the way. So I gave the girls three books to read.
First, we played twenty questions. Each girl read about a non-fiction animal or not – ML didn’t. Her mama forgot to pick one up from the library. The girls asked questions to try to guess each friend’s animal. Some were really hard. Do you know what an okapi is?
Then, we discussed The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith for about three minutes. Several girls’ favorite story was “The Princess and the Bowling Ball.” I bought stinky cheese for the meeting. Not one girl wanted to taste it. I enjoyed it with a fresh baguette and wine afterwards.
Next up… cake, pretzels and strawberries. Thankfully, it was a beautiful day so all eating, crumbs and spilled drinks happened on the driveway.
Finally, the main event. The girls read Poppy the Pirate Dog by Liz Kessler. Poppy goes on vacation with his humans. They try out a few boats. Poppy doesn’t like any of them. Finally, they find the perfect boat for a Pirate Dog.
ML and I filled three large boxes with stuff – ribbons, recyclable containers, bottle tops, googly eyes, sequins, markers and lots of other things. The girls were divided in groups. Each group used the contents in their box to design and decorate their boat. I enlisted a middle schooler, Lillian, to help. All future book clubs will be arranged around her schedule.
The girls were still working on their projects when parents started arriving. Below are pictures of “The Mayflower” and “Girls Rule” and “Pirate Girls.”
I love the fact they included a toilet. Can you find it? Hint: It’s green.
This group wins the teamwork award.
Every time I walked by Bridget, Lily, Piper and Clara were sharing ideas and encouraging each other.
Is the boat named Girls Rule or Miriam?
I wish I took pictures of each side. This group worked more as individuals.
Each girl decorated one side.
The other sides probably said Siena, Anna Giles and Avery.
Do you see the sail boat behind the big boat?.
Annabeth and Roslyn did a large percentage of the boat design.
ML and Sara Jane dressed as “Pirate Girls.”
Sequins tapped to the ears, eye patches created from satin ribbon…