{Poppins Book Nook} Doctor De Soto Goes to Africa

Welcome to my first post for the Poppins Book Nook!  Each month a wonderful group of bloggers will be sharing a new book with you based on our monthly theme.  The theme for this month is Where in the World?  The book we chose is an old favorite at our house: Dr. De Soto Goes to Africa by William Steig.

Dr. De Soto is a tiny but talented dentist who runs a successful dental practice with the help of his wife who serves as his nurse.  They only treat animals that aren’t dangerous to mice (except on rare occasions – you’ll need to read the first book, Dr. De Soto, as to why).  Because of his great skill, Dr. De Soto is summoned to Africa by an elephant who is suffering from a terrible toothache.  In Dr. De Soto Goes to Africa, the De Sotos agree to travel across the ocean to aid the elephant and find that their trip to Africa brings more challenges than just repairing an elephant’s aching tooth.  
Our study transported us to Africa and we enjoyed enhancing our read aloud time by studying African art and African animals.
My kids created a watercolor landscape of an African sunset with a mouse and elephant silhouette.  
We first put masking tape around the edges of our paper to create a border.  My kids painted their watercolor paper yellow and then layered on the colors of the sunset.  We then cut out a mouse and elephant out of black paper and pasted them onto the picture.  Once the paper was dry we peeled off the masking tape to reveal a clean border.  The kids took permanent pens and made a decorative design around the border and then added some extra color with their watercolors. 
We also used a few other resources for our little unit study:

Poppins Book Nook Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a copy of Where in the World!  The winner must reside within the United States. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here {http://enchantedhomeschoolingmom.org/disclosures/}.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

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See what the other co-hosts chose for their read aloud this month!

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Faith and Good Works ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ The Kennedy Adventures ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~ Raventhreads ~ Water on the Floor ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom’s Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama


Clip Art by Melon Headz
Link your Where in the World? books below!

7 thoughts on “{Poppins Book Nook} Doctor De Soto Goes to Africa

  1. William Steig Books are seriously amazing aren't they?
    Africa is a choice, it is a beautiful and diverse place in the world that is fascinating to most kids.
    And I really love the art work, I would hang that on my fridge with pride.
    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!

  2. Yes! My kids love Steig books and I love the rich vocabulary in them. There are some tough words in some of the books!!!
    I was excited with how the art work turned out. It was simple enough for even my younger kids to do and the results were amazing and quite pretty!

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