Red Berry Wool Homeschool Picture Book And Activities

As part of our 31 Picture Books For Homeschooling All Ages series, we have chosen kids’ books with vivid language, interesting stories and striking artwork to appeal to every person in your family. Red Berry Wool is one of our favorites!

Our book posts also include a few activities — some simple, some more involved — for your entire family to enjoy together. Or not! Reading the book is enough in itself if that is all you want to do.

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Snuggle up and enjoy a picture book or two together as a family. It may be the highlight of your day.

Red Berry Wool Picture Book Details

Book: Red Berry Wool

Author: Robyn Harbert Eversole

Illustrator: Tim Coffey

Red Berry Wool

Before we got our own copy of this book, we brought it home from the library nearly every other time we went. It wasn’t just me picking it up either. My children took turns rediscovering it each time. It is always a hoot to watch them take a loved book off of the shelf, run move quickly towards me, and exclaim something to the effect of

“Mom! We’ve read this book before! Can we buy it again?”

For a long time, the word buy was used in place of check out when we went to the library. There really is nothing like hearing those sorts of feelings expressed by your child towards a book.

Red Berry Wool is a book about Lalo, a lamb who wants have a sweater like the boy, his boy, the shepherd boy wears. The one made from their wool. He asks his mom what needs to happen to wool for it to be a sweater.

Wash the wool, Spin it, Dye the wool, Knit it

Lalo sets off optimistically to do these things to his wool. In the process he gets into trouble every step of the way. Each time, the boy comes running to save Lalo.

By the time Lalo is ready to knit his wool, it is dark and he is tired from his day of mishaps. His mother describes knitting as bringing things together. You can almost hear the sigh of relief as Lalo goes back and sits next to the boy. They are together.

I also love the textured illustrations. They are very interesting to look at. They make you want to feel the page a second time because they look as if they should be woolly. 

Red Berry Wool is out of print, but it is so superb that it is well worth purchasing used or scouring your local library for a copy.

Red Berry Wool Homeschool Activities

#1 – Watch as wool is washed, spun, dyed and knit on YouTube.

#2 – I have found memories of tie dying as a kid. There are ideas out there for tie dying just about any piece of white clothing with several different types of dyes. Check out a few of these for inspiration.

#3 – Would you like to learn to knit? This is a great inexpensive activity for the whole family!

#4 – I mentioned that the illustrations in Red Berry Wool were textured. I love the textured look on landscapes. Why not create one yourself or as a family? They are easy even for the youngest artist to create and can be quite personal.

  • Challenge older children to a scavenger hut for textures! Walk around your house, yard or even the park and find different textures to use for your landscapes. Some ideas might be, a wicker basket, cooling rack, concrete picnic table, grass, leaves, and carpet.
  • Here are some good examples: Art at Becker Middle School, Arte a Scuola, Art With Mr. E.

Picture Book Lists For Homeschooling All Ages

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