Bento Bloggers & Friends are having a whale of a hop... I mean a kangaroo of a hop... I mean a penguin of a hop... Well, we are joining together for a World Animal Day hop. So, click through all of the links to see a menagerie of lunches.
Boogs and I chose to take a closer look at a few snake stories this week. They helped inspire his snake lunch.
The Gum Chewing Rattler by Joe Hayes
Joe loved chewing gum more than anything else. Sometimes, he would chew 7 pieces at a time. He always kept an extra pack of bubblegum in his shirt pocket. That habit saved his life one day when he stepped on a rattlesnake's tail. That snake rose up and aimed his fang's at Joe's heart. Luckily, it sunk it's teeth into Joe's extra pack of gum. That snake was so mad he started working his jaws to get away from the gum. Wouldn't you know, he ended up blowing a bubble three times as large as a basketball. In the ELB lunchbox: pb&j rattlesnake blowing a strawberry bubble, GUM spelled in cheese, strawberries, yogurt in a Mini Dipper, and salad with extra gumball tomatoes.
These are a few of Boogs' snake lunches from last school year:
Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae
The page Boogs liked best in this book was the snake page. "The boa constrictor's a slippery snake who squashes then swallows his prey. He knows that it's not very friendly or kind, but they do taste much nicer that way." In the lunchbox: a boa constrictor squeezing a ham & cheese squirrel sandwich, a nest of baby snakes made out of pasta salad, snake orange pieces, and yogurt tube snake.
Snakes Slither and Hiss - DK Readers
When I went to check on Boogs this morning, he was in his room playing "snakes". He had taken several blankets and piled them on top of each other for a nest of leaves because he was a pit viper. I love his imagination. In the lunchbox: Box full of snakes! Spinach tortilla and hummus snake, salami snake, cheese stick snake, carrot snakes, pretzel snakes, cucumber snake, spinach tortilla strip snake, Adam and Eve apple, and yogurt.
Verdi by Janell Cannon
I have loved this book for a long time. It was nice to be able to share it with Boogs and see him enjoy it, too. Verdi is an acrobatic young snake who can't understand the older snakes at all. As he grows older, he begins to understand their lethargy and grumblings. But he decides he will always remain young at heart. In the Laptop lunchbox: pb&j sandwich with Verdi curling through the air, carved snake carrots, watermelon, Goldfish, Pirates Booty, and yogurt.
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