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Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, by Chris Van Dusen

Chris Van Dusen’s beloved characters of Mr. Magee and his little dog Dee win the heart of every reader! In Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, Van Dusen has this duo head off for a day’s adventure of fun on the water. Their day of boating takes an unexpected turn when one playful whale decides to say “hello” to Mr. Magee and Dee. One problem leads to another, but finally Mr. Magee and Dee arrive safely back at home.  Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee is an action-packed adventure that is written in rhythmic verse and triggers laughter from all audiences.
  • Chris Van Dusen has written two other books about Mr. Magee and Dee: A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee and Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee. Try writing your own version of one of those adventures. Or, think up your own adventure for Mr. Magee and Dee.
  • Did you notice the rhyming pattern when you listened to Chris Van Dusen read aloud? Could you try writing a scene or a story with words that rhyme?
  • Mr. Magee and Dee are lovable characters! Make your own puppets and act out the story.
  • If this book was made into a movie, what kind of music would you pair with each scene? You could use technology to search out some choices, or make your own music with things around your house or your own mouth!

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