Both of my children loved this book when they were in preschool. The author did a spectacular job introducing the upper and lower case letters. The illustrator did a fabulous job filling each page with colorful pictures that holds a child’s interest. As a parent I enjoyed reading about personified upper case letters as well as having my child locate the matching lower case letter on each page.
So I was pleasantly surprised when my daughter brought home her artwork above. Using brown, green and yellow construction paper, she made a coconut tree. Using a newspaper or magazine, she cut out the letters in her name and glued them at the bottom of the coconut tree. What a fabulous activity!
While this book is a family favorite, it indirectly caused me angst. While playing tennis with a friend, our children were playing in the park adjacent to the courts. Once they grew tired of the playground, they moved onto climbing trees. I heard my daughter say, “chicka chicka boom boom will there be enough room.” I immediately stopped playing tennis because her voice was above me and ran towards the trees. My daughter had proceeded to climb to the top of a “coconut tree”, which was at least as tall as a two story home. With moral support from her brother and panic stricken mother, she navigated her way back down without getting hurt! When I asked what she was thinking, she replied, “climbing to the top of the coconut tree!” Not one of my most memorable moments!