The Penny Whistle Sick-In-Bed Book

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1993-10-01
  • Publisher: Touchstone Books

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A healing dose of fun for sick kids and the parents who love them!Whether your preschooler is home with the chicken pox, or your fifth-grader is laid up with a broken leg,The Penny Whistle SICK-IN-BED BOOKcomes to the rescue with a delightful collection of absorbing activities to occupy young patients, and advice and ideas for their parents, from setting up a sickroom to helping a bedridden child stay physically fit. In this book, concerned parents will find: Games, crafts, and activities to be enjoyed alone or with friends and family Inventive ways of keeping up with schoolwork "It worked for me" anecdotes and tips from parents and kids Advice on coping with the special physical and emotional needs of a sick child Videotapes, audiotapes, and books that will engage and stimulate a child's imagination If laughter is the best medicine, thenThe Penny Whistle SICK-IN-BED BOOKis just what the doctor ordered.

Author Biography

Meredith Brokaw, former teacher, mother of three, and wife of TV anchorman Tom Brokaw, is the founder and owner of the Penny Whistle toys stores, dedicated since 1978 to providing original, creative playthings. She lives in New York.



Children are fascinated by maps of the world. Using maps in art projects is both a way of teaching them about geography and a way of showing them how easy it is to alter the world (great for kids who want to feel more in control of their environment). You can buy an inexpensive paperback atlas in many bookstores.

Choose any map from the atlas, tear it out, and follow our suggestions below to make your own "Map World." For example, if you use a map of the United States you can:

  • Color in all the mountains, shade in the rivers and other bodies of water, and put a star sticker on the capital of each state.
  • Cut out each state and make a collage of your new United States. You can make an abstract design, you can group all the large states on one side and all the small ones on another, or you can switch states that your child has an interest in (if you live in Kansas City and Grandma lives in New York and your child would like her to be closer to you, just move New York next to Kansas).
  • arrange the states into a new alphabetized United States. Start with Alabama in the northwest corner and move down and around until you end up with Wyoming where Florida used to be.
When you're done with the maps in the atlas, you might try drawing a map of your own neighborhood. Using graph paper or plain white paper, draw in the streets, the houses, the parks, and whatever monuments or landmarks your child loves.

Copyright ©1993 by Meredith Brokaw and Annie Gilbar

Excerpted from The Penny Whistle Sick-in-Bed Book: What to Do with Kids When They're Home for a Day, a Week, a Month or More by Meredith Brokaw, Annie Gilbar, Jill Weber
All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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