I feel so honored to be associated with Multicultural Children’s Book Day for the second time as a Book Reviewer ! Today’s post includes a book review and Colorful Paper Blanket Craft Inspired by Navajo Culture we made after reading the book .
Disclosure : I received a complimentary copy of Lump Lump and the Blanket of dreams book for MCCBD 2017 in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.Thanks to Author Gwen Jackson for sending me this lovely book .
Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams by Gwen Jackson
This book is about a little bear named Lump Lump . He is looking for a blanket which he could sleep with and dream during his winter hibernation. Along with the help of his friends Blue bird , Fox, Robin ,Hawk and Mother Bear ,he gathers materials for Spider Woman to weave him a blanket of dreams. Spider woman is the one who taught the Navajos how to weave . Author Gwen Jackson wrote this beautiful story inspired by Navajo culture and folklore.
Generally , I prefer going through the whole book before giving it to my son but this book was picture perfect .The colorful illustrations by Lissa Calvert are fabulous .Just looking at two pages , I could sense a sweet story. It immediately went into the hands of my 8 year old son who is a crazy book lover . He thought the bears looked great and his favorite character is Lump Lump .We both love the gorgeous blanket on the cover page of the book . Infact , the design and patterns on the blanket look so attractive that it made us explore more about the Navajo Weavers and traditions. We got excited and also made a craft to go along with the book which I will be sharing in detail below. This book could be included in classroom lessons on “Navajo Indian Folklore ” and “Hibernation”.
Check Author website for other activities based on this book !
One Favorite funny part in the story is when Lump Lump munches on his honeycomb and sings
“The white light of the morning , the red light of evening , the falling rain , and the r-aa-iii-nnnnbow.”
Lump Lump .. the central character is a very kind hearted bear .Through the folk tale ,Kids learn Kindness , friendship and Hibernation in a sweet interesting manner.
Lump Lump and the Blanket of dreams book is perfect for grades 2-3 to read but the story is so beautiful that you can be read to any age group kids .
Like I mentioned above ,this book inspired us to learn more about Navajo culture and Navajo Weaving.
The blankets are made with bright colors and have strong geometric patterns. Generally these blankets are made using yarn but we will be using Paper and washi tapes . We have a variety of fancy tape on hand which also have different patterns on them like the blanket shown in the book. A little imagination ,creativity and viola ! We made our own paper blanket of dreams.
Thin Cardboard sheet (like cereal box)
Fancy Tapes ( Washi tapes)
Tiny Pom pom garland/ ribbon
First , take a cardboard sheet and ask kids to decorate the cardstock piece with Washi Tape .
Let them cover the whole cardstock with washi tape alternating different pattern tapes to create a symmetry .
My 8 year old was able to do everything by himself but if you have younger kids like preschoolers ,they may need help. Also , a great fine motor skill activity for little ones learning to use scissors.
Now glue a Pom Poms garland to both the ends of the cardstock adding a statement .
Here is our finished Colorful Paper Blanket Craft Inspired by Navajo Culture that you can hang on the wall or use it like a centerpiece or mat on a side table or foyer table.
More about Multicultural Children’s Book Day
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is in its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that.
MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include Scholastic, Barefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. Roman, Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTV, Capstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle Swift, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee& Low Books, The Pack-n-Go Girls, Live Oak Media, Author Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books.
Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett Abouraya, Veronica Appleton, Susan Bernardo, Kathleen Burkinshaw, Delores Connors, Maria Dismondy, D.G. Driver, Geoff Griffin, Savannah Hendricks, Stephen Hodges, Carmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid Imani, Gwen Jackson, Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana Llanos, Natasha Moulton-Levy, Teddy O’Malley, Stacy McAnulty, Cerece Murphy, Miranda Paul, Annette Pimentel, Greg Ransom, Sandra Richards, Elsa Takaoka, Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang.
We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.
MCBD site: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/
Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/our-programs/mccbd-2016-classroom-reading-challenge/
Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teachers-classroom-kindness-kit/
Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents: http://bit.ly/1sZ5s8i
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