If you are following our Intergenerational Book Club series, you’ll know that last month, the assisted living residents and the children planted some herbs together. We are happy to report that the herbs have been growing nicely, but we are waiting one more month until we’ll use them.
Instead, when we met most recently, we read a lesser-well known Tomie dePaola book, The Bubble Factory. There are many famous Tomie dePaola books, but the Bubble Factory is one of my children’s favorites. They love the story of two kids who visit the bubble factory where their grandfather used to work and inadvertently invent a new kind of bubbles with their curiosity. The factory description is reminiscent of the candy factory in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The book is a bit long for a read-loud but the assisted living resident did a great job telling the story and the kids didn’t have any trouble sitting for it. Like many of our other selections, this book features a positive intergenerational relationship (grandfather-grandchildren).
After we read, we pulled out several containers of bubbles and had the kids and residents blow bubbles together. The kids especially liked chasing the bubbles that the residents blew. This provided lots of entertainment for the residents who simply wanted to sit back and observe.
Check back next month to see if this group can use the herbs we planted!