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I remember Little Golden Books from my own childhood: The Poky Little Puppy, The Shy Little Kitten, and other favorites.

This Jenny’s Surprise Summer lapbook features a Little Golden Book, and though it can be hard to find, it is a sweet story about making a tough choice. If you keep an eye out, you may find it at a used book sale or at a thrift store.

Themes in this story include: ocean, pets, cats, and making choices.

Thanks to Robin Diedrichs and RoseAnn Kuhns for creating this Jenny’s Surprise Summer lapbook for Homeschool Share.

Jenny’s Surprise Summer Lapbook Printables

What’s included in this Jenny’s Surprise Summer lapbook?

  • Jenny’s Surprise Summer Cover Page
  • Sink or Float Activity
    Learn about buoyancy. Gather the items and a bucket (or sink) of water and test them! Do they sink or float?
  • Taking Care of Kittens Mini-book
    What do you need in order to have a pet kitten? Discuss how to take care of kittens.
  • Smoky and Pumpkin Flapbook
    Compare and contrast the Jenny’s two kittens.
  • Weather Graph
    What kind of weather is mentioned in the story? What weather do you notice where you live? Track the weather and note any patterns.
  • Signs of Summer Flapbook
    This story is all about Jenny’s summer. Use this book to discuss the signs of summer. How do we know when it is summertime?
  • Ocean Animals Matchbook
    This book is set at the ocean. What animals live in the ocean? If your student wants to learn, be sure to grab some books about ocean animals from your local library.
  • Caves Shape Book
    What does your student think about the cave in the story? Use this mini-book to record what a cave is; what lives in caves; and other things you can find in a cave.
  • Cat Poems & Songs Layer Book
    Enjoy singing these songs and acting out these fingerplays.
  • Cat Counting Cards and Pocket
    Practice counting skills with these cat cards.

How to Get Started

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Jenny’s Surprise Summer lapbook.

  1. Buy a copy of the book, Jenny’s Surprise Summer, or grab one from your local library. (Or maybe, if you are lucky, snag one from a thrift shop, garage sale, or used book sale.)
  2. Print the Jenny’s Surprise Summer lapbook.
  3. Choose and prepare the lapbook mini-books you want to use with your student.
  4. Enjoy a week of book based learning with your preschooler.

Download Your Jenny’s Surprise Summer Lapbook

Simply click on the image below to access your free Jenny’s Surprise Summer lapbook.

Jenny’s Surprise Summer Lapbook

More Cat Themed Preschool Resources

If your preschool student loves cats, try these other cat themed resources:

Three Little Kittens Lapbook
Feathers for Lunch Unit Study
& Lapbook Printables
Kitten’s First Full Moon Unit Study
& Lapbook Printables