In a Village by the Sea Lesson Plan

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In a Village by the Sea is a beautiful book by debut author Muon Van and richly illustrated by April Chu. The story is familiar and yet exotic at the same time. Children will delight in getting a peek at the setting of a fishing village in Viet Nam. The story is told from different perspectives starting out with a view of the village and narrowing into a hole in the floor where a cricket lives. The prose is lyrical and children will enjoy reading it again and again. I can’t say enough about how beautiful and magical the illustrations are in this book. You will be transported away to a different world. 

Village By the Sea Cover

We were so inspired by the book that we created a lesson plan with engaging activities to use as a companion to the book.

Of course, all good books need an art project and for our In a Village by the Sea lesson plan we tried to catch some of the movement of April Chu’s illustration and give it a slightly Asian feel by adding origami. Learn how to make your own Fishing Scene.

Fishing Scene Art Project
In a Village by the Sea Journal Page-Example


Children will enjoy all the fun printables that we have available for you to download!

Encourage them to respond to what they have read by doing activities like this journal page.

We are collecting journal pages based on books to make our own journal of what we have read. It is a fun way to remember our favorite books.



In My World-Example


In a Village by the Sea is also a book about perspectives. We see the images through the eyes of the different characters.

Make your own In my World coloring and writing project to go along with reading this book.

Explore Viet Nam with the links provided in the curriculum. Enjoy a modern version of a classic Vietnamese recipe! Transport your children into another world through the joy of reading!





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  1. Love, love, love this book! So enjoyed thoroughly dissecting it as a Cybils Honor book. Thanks for sharing these great activities too with #diversekidlit!


    1. It is a beautiful book. Thank you for hosting #diversekidlit! It’s a great place to discover a diverse selection of books.


  2. We loved this book. The resources you created are great. Thank you so much for being a part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day.


  3. thanks for the printable book! Glad you could participate in the Multicultural Children’s Book Day!!


  4. What a great lesson plan. I loved this picture book. I thought the illustrations were so spectacularly beautiful and the story so interesting in it’s circular structure. I wanted to thank you so much for this great post and for your support of Multicultural Children’s Book Day. We are so grateful to you!


  5. I’m adding this book to our reading list to supplement geography. Thanks for the go-along activity ideas!


    1. That’s great, Anne. Thanks!


  6. What a beautiful book. I love that you incorporated the activity to go along with the story. Things like this help keep kids interested in reading and learning.


    1. It really is a gorgeous book.


  7. I have never heard of that book but I love that you made an art project to go along with the story. Your origami boats are adorable. What a great lesson plan. Thanks for sharing the printable and coloring page.


    1. In a Village by the Sea just came out. You should be seeing it in bookstores soon.


  8. How fun!! I love the idea of making the boats to go with the book, that’s a great one!! Making reading enjoyable and you can’t go wrong!


    1. You are so right, Jamie. “Making reading enjoyable” is one of my goals in life.


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