Family Book Festival: Rebecca Flansburg and Robinson Crusoe

February is Family Book Festival month!!!

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Family Book Festival is a project to help chase away the doldrums of winter by jumping into the favorite books of our author, illustrator, blogger friends.

It’s our hope that, not only will we provide reading families with amazing new booklists and activities, but also give the parents a chance to experience a blissful walk down memory lane as they share favorite books from their childhood.

This week we are talking to Audrey Press/Jump Into a Book’s “Head Elf” Rebecca Flansburg! Rebecca is the Editorial Assistant for Audrey Press and also works full-time as a Virtual Assistant. Her blog Franticmommy is a mix of info to help moms and parents succeed as work-at-home-professionals and hilarious tales of the trials and tribulations of parenthood.

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What was your favorite book growing up?

I LOVED reading when I was a child. My favorite series hands-down was the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Mysteries. I still have many of them and I hope to pass them on to my kids (Jake -10 and Sara -7) soon.  Our son Jake is definitely what you would classify as a “reluctant reader” but recently he brought home a book that had him intrigued from the get-go! Robinson Crusoe is a classic and an excellent book for middle reader boys. I hadn’t read the book in years (like MANY years) so it was a fun walk down memory lane to see how much he enjoyed this book.

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This classic story of a shipwrecked mariner on a deserted island is perhaps the greatest adventure in all of English literature. Fleeing from pirates, Robinson Crusoe is swept ashore in a storm possessing only a knife, a box of tobacco, a pipe-and the will to survive.

ACTIVITY:

Have you ever wondered what you would do if you washed up on a deserted island? Well, make a boat of course! My 10 year-old had two buddies over to play when I issued the Make A Robinson Crusoe Boat Challenge to them.  Think about it, glue, scissors, make-believe…what more could 3 ten-year-olds want! But to put a creative twist on it, like Robinson Crusoe, they could use what we had on hand.

SO, off to the craft bin they went. Fifteen minutes later they proudly trotted back out with two plastic apple containers from Costco (I knew those darn things were too cool to throw away!) a box lid (I don’t even want to know where THAT from) an assortment of dowels, glue, twine, and plastic containers, and set to work building some boats.

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The result was an afternoon of fun and creativity. We never did find out if the boats were “seaworthy” since the boys were having a ball playing Robinson Crusoe (a Lego Ninja) and Cannibals (plastic toy pirates).

I love seeing young minds at play :)

“Children do live in fantasy and reality; they move back and forth very easily in a way we no longer remember how to do.” Maurice Sendak

meupdatedRebecca Flansburg is a blogger and virtual assistant from Minnesota who writes about parenthood topics or women in business on not only her own blog (Franticmommy.com) but also blogs like Mommy-Inc, Jump Into A Book, and Audrey Press. Rebecca is also a consistent contributor to Her Voice magazine and has a deep love and interest in social media. Rebecca is wife to hubby Paul, and she thinks her two kids Sara (7) and Jake (10) are the two most fascinating humans she has ever met. Her favorite tagline is “go forth and be FABULOUS.” You can find Rebecca on Twitter as @RebeccFlansburg or on Facebook as Franticmommy.

Comments

  1. What a fantastic idea! Great to see boys having fun with crafts rather than playing video games.

    • I was just thrilled when I saw Becky was doing Robinson Crusoe. Her son just loves this read and you can really see it here. It’s just a fantastic book and story. I’m so glad you liked it too.

  2. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a colleague who was conducting a little research on this. And he actually ordered me lunch simply because I found it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending the time to discuss this matter here on your website.

    • JumpIntoABook says:

      Sounds like a fantastic reading tradition you’ve got going there. Here’s to many more happy reading moments.

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