Book Review – After the storm ( Percy the park keeper series) by Nick Butterworth

Percy the park keeper is a picture book series , written by nick butterworth , all the stories in the series  revolve around  a friendly, lovable park keeper Percy and his animal friends  fox, mice,hedgehogs, squirrels  , badger and rabbits .

Greatest advantage of this book is that it helps in learning and an exposure to  lot of cross curricular topics such as seasons, animals , nature,kindness .

The story

Percy the park keeper is not having a good sleep because there is a big storm outside,and a heavy rain pour.He didn’t fear because according to him light lit up the park.

But he had a fear, he feared about the status outside his hut in the park , he was unable to sleep, next morning Percy wakes up early , fills up his whealbarrow with all the equipments needed to repair the damages and he starts inspecting . 

There was not much damage except a big oak tree which was completely blown away, it was Percy’s favourite , also his animal friends lived there , Percy was upset.he went and met his animal friends , everyone was unhappy and sitting under the fallen tree . Percy consoles them and Percy takes them in search of a new place to live . 

Did Percy found a place to live for his animal friends ? Did all his  animal friends are happy ? This is what the rest of the story is about.

Review:

Beautifully illustrated  story to teach friendship, team work, and environmental awareness .A story to learn about different animals and their habitats. 

Activities suggested :

For toddlers and preschoolers 

1. A day in the park – After reading the book , take the kid to a nearby park for a nature walk and help them to explore the nature – trees, bugs , leaves, flowers etc, collect some samples and create a scrap book .

2. Animals and their habitats – make small print outs/ cut outs of animals in the story, discuss about the animals and their habitats.

3. Puppet show/ pretend play – Make animal finger puppets or toilet roll puppets and do a puppet show, invite some neighbourhood kids for more fun, or make a pretend play based on the story 

For elder kids :

1.Vocabulary wall  :  Make a vocabulary wall and introduce all the vocabularies related to the park and animals.

2. Little authors. :  Ask the kids to predict what has happened after the storm , Provoke their writing abilities , and help them in building a story of their own.

Also don’t miss the big fold out poster at the end of the book which shows all the animals in their tree .

There are around 12 books in the series , collect them all and give a head start in reading cross curriculum story books to the kids.

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