Little Ree – Best Friends Forever!

By Ree Drummond – Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers

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Country Girl Little Ree and her best friend Hyacinth are told by their Grandmothers about a pie baking contest at the fair. They decide to enter the contest and set out to bake the best pie that will win the competition. They don’t want to make just any pie, they want to make a pie with fresh berries , so off they go on a berry picking and pie baking adventure. Little Ree – Best Friends Forever by Ree Drummond will give you a sweet story about friendship that is full of warmth and humor.

We have selected a few activities to do with your young readers at family reading time or at their book club meeting. In our experience, one or two activities are enough to keep your child engaged after the story. So, we recommend that you only pick one or two activities listed.

Book and Activity Benefits: 

  • Listening Skill
  • Reading
  • Following Instructions
  • Understanding Friendships
  • Baking

Bookmark

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 Supplies needed

  • A printed copy of the Fruit Pie Bookmark page printed on white cardstock or construction paper.
  • Colored pencils or crayons
  • Scissors
  • School glue or a sticker maker
  • A small piece of ribbon
  • A hole punch  

Directions

click here for instructions with pictures

  1. Print a copy of the bookmark page.               
  2. Have your child color the pies with colored pencils or crayons
  3. Cut out the pie shapes
  4. Cut out the red checkered bookmark shape on the red borderline
  5. Punch a hole on the top where the circle is
  6. Place the pie shapes on the red checkered bookmark so they are decorated.
    • I made stickers with the pie shapes because my grandchildren love stickers. If you do not have a sticker maker school glue works fine.
  7. Place a ribbon through the hole at the top of the bookmark and tie to secure it.

Your Fruit Pie Bookmark is now ready to use.

Craft

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Supplies needed

  • 1 medium size Terra Cotta planter pot bottom – make sure it’s the deep bottom, not just the plate.
  • ¼ Yard brown fabric or brown felt.
  • Potpourri – I used cinnamon apple (red) and ocean breeze (blue).    
  • Pinking shears or regular scissors
  • Glue (regular school glue)  
  • White glitter

Directions

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  1. Using Pinking shears cut 6 strips of cloth approximately ½ inch wide and 7 inches long. If you do not have pinking shears regular scissors cutting in a straight edge or a wavy edge will work and your potpourri pie will turn out just as cute. 
  2. Put dots of glue on one end of the strips of fabric and place 3 of the strips on 1 side.
  3. Place dots on the other 2 strips and place those to the top of the pot bottom.
  4. Let the glued strips dry
  5. After the glued fabric dries place potpourri inside the terra cotta pot bottom
  6. After the potpourri is in the pot bottom, you will start weaving the fabric to make it look like a lattice top pie crust. Start with the side fabric strips and pull them over the top of the potpourri then take the two top pieces and weave them over and under or under and over the other fabric pieces from the side.
  7. As you pull each fabric over the potpourri and finish weaving you will put a drop of glue on the end of the fabric and tuck the end piece down to the bottom of the dish to secure the fabric.
  8. Make small dots with glue all over the top of the fabric and then take the white glitter and shake it on top of the glue dots. Don’t worry if it gets into the potpourri a little bit. The glitter is supposed to look like sugar topping on the pie so if it gets in the potpourri it will only be more realistic.
  9. Let the glitter dots dry and then you are ready to use your potpourri pie as a decoration for your room, the kitchen or as a gift.                       

It smells wonderful! If it happens to end up in front of a fan or an open window with a breeze it smells even better. ENJOY!

Activity

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Friendship

Friendship Activity inspired by Jodi at Meaningful Mama

Directions

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Making friends and being a friend is a very important part of a child’s life and sometimes a very confusing part of their life. In Best Friends Forever Little Ree has a Best Friend Hyacinth that she is very close too. They are introduced to each other by their Grandmothers and find out they have many things in common. The activity we have chosen is all about friendships. It is an activity that lets your children explore qualities that they think a friend should have and that they should have when being a friend.

Activity preparation before doing it with children.

  1. Print out the Friendship Activity page and cut the friend words apart on the bold lines.
  2. Fold in half and place the friendship word pieces in a container that children can draw from. (I used an empty Kleenex box) You may decorate the container if you would like, any decoration adds to the theme of the activity.
  3. Have 1 piece of notebook paper and a pencil for each child.
  4. Have several prizes or think of something to award them for how many matches they make with the friend qualities card.

Ideas for prizes

  • Pick up 1 thing in your room for you for each match (this is what Jodi at Meaningful Mama did)
  • 1 extra minute (for each match) added to your regular play time playing Minecraft
  • 1 water balloon for each matched quality (then a water balloon fight after)
  • 1 glow necklace/stick/bracelet for each answer match

Doing the activity with children

  1. Have each child write down on their paper what qualities they think a friend should have. (You may have to help them spell some of the words but that is ok because they are learning to spell and they don’t even know it!)
  2. After they are finished with their list have them take turns drawing the friendship quality words out of the box and reading out loud the word/words on the cards.
  3. As they draw the words out have them look on their papers and see if the quality from the box matches any of their friend qualities on their paper. If it does they get 1 point for each match. Each point gets to be traded for a prize of the parent’s choice.
  4. As they pull words out of the box and read them discuss what that quality means. Talk about qualities they have on their list that are not in your box.

This activity will get a good discussion going between you and the children by teaching them how to be a good friend and what to look for in their friends.     

Food

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Recipe from the kitchen of Tracie at Penny Pinchin Mom
  • Click here for a full printable recipe
  • Click here for the recipe instructions with pictures.

I’ll bet you can’t eat just one! For our snack to go with Best Friends Forever you will be making Raspberry Hand Pies.
Your young reader will love helping you in the kitchen with these fast and easy pies. They are the perfect snack for little ones and are absolutely scrumptious.
A small dollop of vanilla ice cream on the side doesn’t hurt the taste either!