Friday, March 9, 2012

Fingertip Island: The Vincenzo Adventure

Just imagine a time when your imagination went wild...a time when you just couldn't stop thinking about the what ifs and worries of your life.  Rudolph Vincenzo, the main character in Ned Rauch-Mannino's  FingerTip Island: The Vincenzo Adventure certainly has one wild head full of thoughts!  Our family really enjoyed the paper airplane ride to a tropical island full of adventures and obstacles created by the imagination of Ralph, his brother Gus and his older sister, June.  At first, Fingertip Island is a great escape from the troubles in Asbury.  There's no trouble with school on Fingertip Island and there aren't any mean neighbors causing trouble...or are there?  Ralph and his siblings learn about the power of imagination.  It can take you on tub flying, tiger talking, lava flowing adventures, but it can also help you to solve the most important problems in life.  Fingertip Island was a perfect way to show my daughters just how fun life can be when we let books take us through all types of adventures and many different places...in our imagination!

Who's it for?:  This book is geared towards middle grade children.  However, it is a great read aloud for even the little ones!

Lesson Plans/Activities:
1.  Get your own imagination flowing and have your students create an alternative ending to the story.

2.  Have your students create an island, using their own imagination.  Have them draw a picture of their island or create brochures about the many different features.  Time to get those creative juices flowing!!

Disclosure:  I received this book for free from the author/publisher.  All of my thoughts and opinions are my own.

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