Gotcha by Gail Jorgensen

Children's Picture Book: Gotcha

Gotcha"Gotcha", written by Gail Jorgensen and illustrated by Kerry Argent, is another fantastic children's picture book that we've really been enjoying lately.

"Gotcha" is a captivating story is about Bertha Bear and a big, black, beastly fly. It is packed with action which helps to captivate and maintain children's interest.

As for the illustrations, they are terrific as they really convey the meaning of the words. The expressions on the animals' faces clearly describe how they are feeling. Together, the story and the illustrations are full of humour which young children greatly enjoy.

One of the things we liked about"Gotcha" is the repeating pattern throughout the book. Repeating patterns are terrific from a learning perspective as they allow children to predict what will happen. This is especially important when children are learning to read. Repetitive phrases provide plenty of opportunity to recognise words and have them make sense.

The author and the illustrator have created "Gotcha" so that there are surprises awaiting you on each page. This is great as it keeps children wanting to turn the page to find out what will happen next.

"Gotcha" is a children's picture book we highly recommend as we've enjoyed it and have read it several times.

Story Extension Activities for "Gotcha"

With such a great book as "Gotcha", it's easy to come up with story extension activities based on the book. These story extension ideas include:

  • Ask open-ended questions about the story to promote critical thinking skills.
  • Go on a picnic. More than likely, it won't be long before uninvited guests turn up to your picnic just as the fly arrived at Bertha Bear's party picnic.
  • Cook a cake together. Cooking is a great experience which incorporates many aspects such as reading (recipes/measurements/temperatures); science (observing how different ingredients react to each other and heat/tasting); maths (measuring/timing); social skills (sharing/cooperating/turning taking); and intellectual skills (following instructions/problem-solving).
    • Design a fly-catching device. It can either be drawn or made out of collage/junk materials.
    • Draw a "What-Happens-Next-Story?"
    • Do a "Letter Search".
    • Draw a map showing all the places Bertha chased the fly.
    • Play "Scramble Words" using the title, "Gotcha".
    • Play "Animal Riddles".

    We hope you enjoy these learning activities based on the story "Gotcha". Maybe you can think of something else to do, as well, in your local area ... such as visit a zoo to see live animals.

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