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.
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.
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 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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