Back to Children's Literature

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Thing Lou Couldn't Do!
by Ashley Spires
Screen Shot 2021-06-09 at 10.59.16 AM.png
Lou and her friends use their imaginations to become anything they want. One day, they imagine the top of a tree is actually a pirate ship. Lou has never climbed a tree before. What will she do?

Resources for The Thing Lou Couldn't Do:
Full Book Review (English)
Full Book Review (Spanish)
Brief Book Review (English)
Brief Book Review (Spanish)

Will Lou play in the pirate ship?

Math Connections:

          Growth Mindset         Spatial Relationships

Activities To Do Together:

  • Talk about what a growth mindset is with your child. Ask when they think it is important to have a growth mindset.
  • Next time you're at the park talk about and point out spatial relationships. While going up the stairs your child is now on top of the park equipment, they are in between the railings, you are below them when they walk over the bridge, and so on. 

  • Have fun manipulating shapes. Draw or make shapes out of construction paper. Start with 2-D shapes such as a square, circle, and triangle. Which shapes could you make into a 3-D shape? Will you have to use more than one triangle or square to create something new?

Extension Questions:

  1. How have you overcome a fear or challenge?

  2. Why is it important to try things more than once?

  3. How does perseverance and a growth mindset come in handy throughout the day?

  4. Why is it important to understand spatial relationships?

Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts:  

down, first, five, in, many, on, once, up