A BOOK THAT MAKES LEARNING PHYSICAL

The recent book, /Howl Like a Wolf! /by Kathleen Yale, makes an excellent resource and example for the whole child concept: make learning physical. Targeted to children 6 to 9, the amply illustrated book takes 15 different animals ranging in size from elephants to honeybees, and enthusiastically provides playful activities that have children “becoming” the animals being studied. The author manages to convey plenty of information about each one in the process. Who knew, for example, that an octopus has 8 arms and 3 hearts? Or that a humpback whale has a set of markings on its fluke, with no two alike, as with fingerprints?
In addition to howling, the young wolf impersonator learns how to move in a pack, protect territory, follow the alpha, and use body language to communi-cate. The little brown bat impersonator gets blindfolded and learns to navigate by sounds. The bee impersonator masters the waggle dance and grabs a Q-tip before heading outside to do some pollinating.
This is not a sit-down book. It’s one where kids get to jump up and play out what they’re learning.

With thanks for support and encouragement from The Myrin Institute and Orion magazine.