Have you ever considered what would happen if your back disappeared? You still have your front, but your back is… GONE. That’s exactly what happened to the opossum Plumpton in How Back-Back Got His Name.
As you know, my preschoolers and I were given a copy of the Lima Bear series to review. We devoured The Megasaurus and Bully Bean. Now the hottest book is How Back-Back Got His Name in which Plumpton lost his back!
How Back-Back Got His Name
His friends immediately attempt to help him find it. They discuss how best to help Plumpton with his emergency. The friends even hang upside down like opossums to think better.
Plumpton and his friends have one adventure after another. They get stuck. They get captured. They are rescued.
But still the back is no where to be found.
My preschoolers are fascinated by the story, especially that Plumpton can go invisible since he doesn’t have a back. In fact that invisibility comes to good stead in the story How Back Back Got His Name , especially in an opossum who plays dead.
But how do you explain the concept of invisibility versus visibility to very young children?
Extend the Learning
That’s where the wonderful activities in the Extend the Learning section of How Back Back Got His Name come in. One of the activities in the back is a disappearing ink activity where you use lemon water to make invisible words. What a great way to teach children about visibility and invisibility!
How Back Back Got His Name is also an excellent opportunity to add a science lesson about opossums. Why do opossums hang upside down? Why do they play dead?
Perhaps you’d prefer to hunt for adjectives! Go through the book looking for big, small, and so on and so forth.
These are just some of the awesome discussions and activities the Extend the Learning sections of How Back Back Got His Name.
What is your favorite picture book that lends itself easily to educational topics?