Meeow is back with his friends, Quack, Moo, Baa and Woof to inspire children everywhere to use their imaginations.
Children love to make things and Meeow and his friends do too. When the animals get together, it’s raining but instead of letting that ruin their fun they get busy creating items to aid them in their indoor play.
With cardboard, foil and tape from Meeow’s toy chest, Meeow and his friends make costumes that transform them into medieval characters. Foil and a bucket create a Knight’s helmet for Woof. Pink construction paper aids Moo in becoming a Queen with a pointy crown.
Each animal makes an item to use in their play but the fun is furthered when Meeow throws a red tablecloth over a blue table, places blocks on top and, voila`, a castle with turrets is created.
There are many facets to the Meeow stories which make them ideal for toddlers and preschoolers.
To begin with the names of the characters are onomatopoeiac in form. The duck is named Quack, the lamb is Baa, Moo is a cow, Woof is a dog and, of course, Meeow is a cat. This is a great way to help very young children learn to identify animals.
The author and illustrator, Sebastien Baum also uses bright primary color for his illustrations against a stark white background and large bold text. This technique simplifies the illustrations making them more appealing to preschoolers with its uncluttered appearance.
Another enjoyable quality of the Meeow stories is that each story begins the same way with an introduction as to whom and what Meeow is. A request is then made of the reader to greet Meeow with a, “Hello Meeow.”
This repetition of the book’s introduction helps to create familiarity with the Meeow character that will in turn have your child asking for more stories of this little black cat.
A final benefit of the Meeow stories is that after listening to a Meeow story your child is going to be inspired to create their own imaginative day of play.
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