I am always impressed by great children's books that are written and illustrated by the same person. Steven Weinberg is one of those, "double talented," people. Fred has designed the dream den. It has bunk beds, funny books, video games, slides, but it is still missing something. Then he meets Sophia. She is an expert designer. They become fast friends and design the most amazing den of all time. This book encourages creativity and shows children, there is a friend out there for everyone.
There are so many great projects that could go along with this book. We have a tree filled backyard, so my first thought was to build a den out of twigs. In classrooms, there could be a den designing contest. The back of the book has a blueprint of a den to give children ideas. I also thought of a Diorama of a den. Kids could create a den inside their shoe box. A lot of this can be done using items found in the yard. A few weeks back we made a mobile with shapes hanging from a stick, that could also be an idea, but with pictures of the story. This book is just one of those that makes you want to go create something!
Check out all of Steven's great artwork and other books at: www.stevenweinbergstudio.com .