“The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend”

This 2015 Caldecott Award winner Dan Santat tells the story of an imaginary friend in search of a child. It is one of Miss Anne’s favorite picture books!

 

WATCH and LISTEN to Dan Santat read his book:

 

ACTION SONG: Friend of Mine (tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)

 

Will you be a friend of mine,
friend of mine, friend of mine?
Will you be a friend of mine
and JUMP AROUND with me?  (jump!)

 

Will you be a friend of mine,
friend of mine, friend of mine?
Will you be a friend of mine
and CLAP YOUR HANDS with me?  (clap!)

 

Will you be a friend of mine,
friend of mine, friend of mine?
Will you be a friend of mine
and WIGGLE YOUR FINGERS with me?  (wiggle fingers!)

 

Will you be a friend of mine,
friend of mine, friend of mine?
Will you be a friend of mine
and HOP ON ONE FOOT with me?  (hop on one foot!)

 

Will you be a friend of mine,
friend of mine, friend of mine?
Will you be a friend of mine
and TAKE A BOW with me?  (take a bow!)

 

Tip: ask your child to think of more actions to do.

 

ACTIVITIES:

  • What kind of things would you do with your imaginary friend?
  • What does your imaginary friend look like? Here’s a hint: if you like running and climbing with your imaginary friend, it should probably have some sort of arms or legs to use to climb. Or maybe… tentacles!
  • Draw your imaginary friend – or make your imaginary friend using play dough and bits and bobs you can find, like buttons and twigs. Now draw yourself (or make a model of yourself!) with your imaginary friend, doing something fun.

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