Last week, I had a crazy idea that I would take the 20 characters in Sagebook Blue Series book 1 and make up a new story with it. Once this idea took root, I had a sleepless night, tossing and turning in bed, thinking of how I could combine the character into long sentences. After a week of stewing, I came up with a book.
Astroboy is on Book 2 of the series. And while he recognizes all the words in book 1, I wanted to introduce to him new words from these 20 characters. And also have a 10-12 page book similar to the Treasure boxes you can read after the first 100 characters.
I typed this up and asked Thumper to illustrate it. She insisted on using pastels. I didnt think pastels would work. But it turned out rather nicely, except by the end when she got tired and didn’t want to do it anymore. Astroboy ended up illustrating the last two pages.
I think as an activity, the best is actually to print it out and then have the child illustrate what they read. However, because Astroboy looks up to Thumper, he rarely wants to draw things himself. He says that she draws better. Astroboy giggled and giggled while he was reading it. I have no idea why. Was it because the hand is as tall as the mountain? I was also quite surprised at how he kind of struggled with reading the book even though he doesn’t have as much of a problem reading book 1 itself.
Another idea I have is to illustrate this semi-professionally and maybe put it out as an ebook? What do you think?
Here’s the PDF of the book