Field trips are exciting! My daughter was so excited when her Kindergarten class went on their class trip last year. She talked about it for days. I was lucky enough to go on it and experience all the fun and excitement the kids had while exploring one of the local farms. It was a day my daughter will remember for a long time!
“Jyra and the Excursion” is the story of a beautiful little girl named Jyra who forgot to tell her parents about a very special school excursion. When her parents plan a trip to the snow (ski hill) Jyra become very upset and refuses to go. Will she be able to find the words she needs or the note to explain to her parents why she doesn’t want to go with them on their family trip?
“Jyra and the Excursion” is a wonderful story about responsibility, that most children can relate to. Most children have forgotten or lost notices sent home from the school. Often times there aren’t any serious consequences, but sometimes these forms are permission slips contain information that Mom and/or Dad need so that plans can be made (or cancelled). This was a great opportunity to talk to my children about putting their school notes in a special spot in their backpack.
The story also opened up the opportunity to discuss with the kids about how to deal with frustrating situations. When Jyra couldn’t find the words to tell her parents about the excursion so she needed to think of another way to resolve her dilemma. The kids and I talked about different ways Jyra could deal with the situation. She could just give up in frustration or she could go search for the note. We also talked about how the mother may react depending on Jyra’s choice.
The story was little confusing for the kids because of some regional differences. Where I live we do not call school trip “Excursions” instead we call them “Field Trips”. We were also a little confused about “a trip to the snow”, we made the assumption the author meant a ski hill or resort. These differences didn’t take away from the story, but gave my children an opportunity to learn some new words.
As my daughter learns to read she is using the pictures more and more to help her understand the story, the illustrations in “Jyra and the Excursion” match up to the story perfectly. The font choices are fun as well adding a dynamic to the story. Through the illustrations and font choices you are able to pick on the emotions of the story, you can feel Jyra’s disappointment and excitement.
“Jyra and the Excursion” is a story that school-aged children can relate to about taking notices home from school and dealing with frustrations.
The author, Lou Silluzio’s is Grandfather of six. His grandchildren are the inspiration for his stories. A third battle with prostate cancer spurred him to follow his dream of creating a series of books as a legacy for his grandchildren. He donates 10% of the book’s profits to the Epworth Medical Foundation.
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*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “Jyra and the Excursion” in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.