Book Club, Boys’ Edition: “Callie’s Contest of Courage”

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You know a kid likes something when he asks for more of it.

That’s how this month’s book club came about.  My Little Man watched the girls have fun with Callie’s Contest of Courage (2)""“>Callie’s Contest of Courage works well for boys.  Callie may be a girl, but with a brother, boy cousins, and a good male friend in the picture, there are lots of male influences.  With a dad serving in the military and a love of animals and adventure, Callie is a great character for any child to read.

Since My Little Man was so determined to do the same activities as the girls, we did – but with some important boy-friendly modifications.  You can read about the girls’ event here and see which set might work best for you!

After summarizing and discussing the book, we talked about some basic photography techniques, like the Rule of Thirds and Perspective.

Book Club, Boys' Edition:  "Callie's Contest of Courage" @ A Nest in the Rocks

Then we set out to take some photos.  The boys brought digital cameras along, and they were eager to find and capture their assignment:  signs of spring.  Since it was a warm and beautiful, sunny day, I thought they’d find many things to take pictures of, and they sure did! 

Book Club, Boys' Edition:  "Callie's Contest of Courage" @ A Nest in the Rocks

Isn’t this cardinal feather beautiful?

Book Club, Boys' Edition:  "Callie's Contest of Courage" @ A Nest in the Rocks

They were especially fascinated by these frogs in the pond.  There were at least three frogs, and maybe a snake.  Whatever else it was, something had the frogs all worked up, and there was a lot of writhing and thrashing in the water.  We stopped, watched, and took pictures for a long time!

Book Club, Boys' Edition:  "Callie's Contest of Courage" @ A Nest in the Rocks

Next we returned home for our pie-eating contest!  The boys were all wound up about this and couldn’t wait to dig in.  Although the girls chowed down in the kitchen, we decided to move this potential mess outside -and I was glad that I did!

Book Club, Boys' Edition:  "Callie's Contest of Courage" @ A Nest in the Rocks

I think My Little Man enjoyed wearing his pie more than eating it.

Callie's Contest of Courage - Boys

I think Check out these resources to get in the Callie mood!

 

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