It is Amelia's birthday. She enjoys all her presents, but is surprised to get a toy that she can't quite identify. It is not quite an octopus, and not quite anything else either. It turns out it is not a toy at all, but an alien who has landed on Earth and takes her on an adventure around the solar system.
As a sci-fi and fantasy fan, this short chapter book was a fun departure from the much more realistic stories that I usually read with my children.
That aside, it was a fun read, and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.
- Draw a map of the solar system. You can either draw it realistically, or make up your own universe and planets.
- Go on an adventure in your neighborhood. See if you can find somewhere to explore that you have never done before. You could even write a story about it to send to a grandparent or friend in the mail.
- Create a scavenger hunt for your child and find all the items, just like Amelia helps find the list of items in the book.
- This book uses a lot of descriptive words. Put objects in a bag and take turns pulling one out and describing it in as much detail as you can. To make a group game you can blindfold everyone, and have one person describe the object to everyone else and see who can guess what it is first.
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