This featured nature book for kids In the Tall, Tall Grass is a picture book written by Denise Fleming. In the Tall, Tall Grass is a short and concise story for children ages 4-8. This book introduces children to the inhabitants of meadows in a fun and age-appropriate way.
My Experience with In the Tall, Tall Grass
I have used this featured nature book for kids for story hour and at camp. To get this story hour off to a start I read Butterflies Fly by Yvonne Winer and Karen Lloyd-Jones and then read In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming. The butterfly book was a great introduction since young children are very familiar with and entranced by butterflies. To follow it up with In the Tall, Tall Grass however enhanced their overall understanding of biodiversity in meadows. Early childhood readers are easily able to understand through the easy rhyme, rhythm and age-appropriate language that meadows have tall grass and a variety of animals, not just insects.
In the Tall, Tall Grass Crafts
After reading both books we embarked on two different crafts. As is my nature I had a product craft and a process craft. Our product craft for the day was a coffee filter butterfly made out of a white coffee filter, simple clothespin, pipe cleaners and markers. The children colored their coffee filters and then scrunched them up the open side of the clothespin. They added faces with markers and then placed legs (6) and antennae (2) on with pipe cleaners.
Our process craft was a whole lot of fun and incredibly easy to prep. All you need are some plant clippings from the meadow, some paint, paint trays and construction paper. We created meadow paintings by using the plant clippings as the paintbrushes. Not only do they turn out incredibly unique but they are also a whole lot of fun!
In the Tall, Tall Grass Outdoor Activities
This book lends itself well to be taken outside. There is mention throughout the entire story about the inhabitants of the meadow with the tall, tall grass and so we ventured out to try and capture some of those inhabitants in our nets. We were lucky enough to get a single fritillary butterfly, a large wasp, some grasshoppers, a few spiders (not my favorite, but oddly interesting when I’m around the kids!), and a few beetles.
Overall, Denise Fleming is one of my go-to authors for her simplicity, rhythmic writing and overall outdoor content; In the Tall, Tall Grass continues my desire to use her work. Read this book to your early childhood readers and they will truly love it!