Thursday, March 09, 2006

The Netherlands

We've been studying about the Netherlands since Daddy will be going there next week. Here is a photo of the windmill we made. It is from 3D Canon Papercraft. You can actually blow on the vanes and they will spin.

  • Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates (Disney) - a wonderful movie that also shows the windmills, danger of the dikes, etc.
Non-fiction Books:

  • Welcome to the Netherlands by Reynolds & Ngcheong-Lum - read a few parts, but we mainly looked at the pictures & read the captions
  • Rembrandt (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists) by Venezia - we like this series - funny & informative
  • The Netherlands (A True Book) by Heinrichs - we enjoy this series
  • Boxes for Katje by Fleming - very good book - true story about the author's mother sending care packages to a Dutch family after WWII
  • Look What Came From The Netherlands by Kevin Davis - pretty good series; this series is a good place to learn about the inventions, food, etc. from a country
Fiction books:
  • Hana in the Time of the Tulips by Noyes - very sweet story - it also has Rembrandt visiting little Hana
  • The Cow Who Fell in the Canal by Krasilovsky - cute
  • The Hole in the Dike retold by Green, pictures by Eric Carle - retells the story in classic Carle illustrations
  • Katje the Windmill Cat by Woelfle - nice, true story about a cat & a baby who survived the flooding of South Holland
  • The Great Tulip Trade (Step Into Reading) by Brust - our favorite book for this study - tells about the tulip mania of 1637 in a fiction story
  • The Boy Who Held Back the Sea retold by Hort
Cheese tasting:
  • We tasted Gouda & Edom cheese. Alexandra had never tried either. She liked the Edom a little bit better, but didn't care much for either one. I was familiar with Gouda, but found I liked Edom better.

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