Imagination Library Book Activity for Rhymes Round the World

Dolly Parton’s Imagination LibraryBOOK TITLE: Rhymes Round the World
AUTHOR: Kay Chorao

SUMMARY OF BOOK: Take a trip around the world with these rhymes. You will go to places like Japan, United States, Korea, England, and many more. You will find a poem you love! Download this Activity Sheet in PDF.


Ask questions and use what the child already knows to add to the discussion, assisting the child in understanding and enjoying the book.

  1. Look at the cover of the book together: “What are the children doing? What do you think this book might be about? Why?”
  2. Look at the back cover: “What’s happening? How does the girl feel?”
  3. Page through the book, looking at all the different clothes, animals, locations.


  1. Try singing some of the poems with a beat. Have your child join in.
  2. Relate what’s happening to things your child might be familiar with, and talk about the cultural traditions portrayed. “How are they the same/different as what we do?”
  3. If there’s movement in the rhyme, act it out!
  4. Try setting the mood for a poem: with the poem “Hot Chocolate,” you can serve some hot chocolate.
  5. Look at the borders on some of the pages and what they might add.


Try these activities to extend the book experience.

  1. Look for opportunities to recite a poem for the occasion: when it’s raining, when you see clouds, when you make shadow pictures.
  2. If you and your child have a favorite poem, try drawing a picture as if it were a page in the book.
  3. If there’s something you and your child experience that doesn’t have a poem in the book, try making one up.

Compliments of: Rasmuson Foundation
Created by: Students at the University of Alaska Anchorage

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