PPBF: Cat Tale….A Lesson in Group Dynamics and Word Power
Posted by Vivian Kirkfield
Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday where I link up with Susanna Leonard Hill’s fantastic group of picture book writers, illustrators, librarians and others who contribute a picture book review.
I do have four (!!!!) things to share with you before we reveal the Perfect Picture Book Friday pick.
- Show Me How! has been endorsed by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Studies show that kids with special needs often struggle with self-esteem issues and JDRF feels the book is especially helpful to families who are dealing with juvenile diabetes or children with other special needs. The book will appear on their newly launched book review page from now until April: http://www.jdrf.org/index.cfm?page_id=101074 I’m donating 20% to JDRF for any books people buy when they click through to my website from the JDRF page.
- If you haven’t already signed up for Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo 2012, hurry over and DO IT! I’m planning on using the wonderful journal Susanna sent me for participating in Summer Short and Sweets…it will be PERFECT for those 30 picture book ideas that are already swirling around in my head!
- Monday, October 29, at 7pm EST, the wife of Governor O’Malley of Maryland will be talking about bullying on a Google+ HOA (Hangout on Air). I may be joining the discussion. I will definitely know by Sunday…so if it works out, I will include that information in my Sunday post.
- Susanna Leonard Hill has a wonderful Halloweensie writing contest going on right now…you still have plenty of time to participate…entries are due by Wednesday, October 31.
And now…because you have been so patient…perhaps I should offer goodies like Susanna does…here is the last PPBF for October.
Our Perfect Picture Book Friday choice is Cat Tale…in honor of National Bullying Prevention Month.
Written and illustrated by Michael Hall
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (2012)
Ages: 4 and up
Communication (using words), friendship, group dynamics
“From word to word, they find their way, Lillian, Tilly and William J.
They pack some books and kitty chews, they choose a spot, they spot some ewes.”
Using words, the three intrepid cats go from adventure to adventure…always sticking together.
Why do I like this book:
BOLD ILLUSTRATIONS WITH THE COLORS BURSTING FROM THE PAGES.
THE SMOOTH SING-SONG RHYME…THE PLAY ON WORDS AND PLAY WITH WORDS.
Experts recommend that kids use group dynamics and words to combat bullies (in addition to telling an adult right away). Michael Hall’s three cats show us how using words and sticking together can get one past many obstacles.
Kids love to do arts and crafts! Michael Hall used cut paper for his illustrations. Using cut paper, kids can do amazing projects.
Here’s a cut paper “quilt” that would make a wonderful wall or door decoration for Halloween. All you need is a large piece of poster board and several sheets of appropriately colored construction paper. Trace various ‘Halloween” themed characters, cut them out and paste onto the poster board. You can make the project more simple by using a single piece of construction paper and doing just one character.
Here’s a project that will be easy for the youngest child. You will need several sheets of contruction paper in “Halloween” colors, paste and scissors. Trace the child’s handprint several times on each sheet and cut out. Paste them together to form a wreath shape and hang up on door or wall. To make the wreath more sturdy, use a piece of poster board or cardboard as backing.
Both of these crafts are from: http://www.dltk-holidays.com/halloween/halloween_crafts_other.htm
More wonderful paper crafts here: http://www.marthastewart.com/274940/kids-paper-crafts/@center/276975/marthas-crafts-kids
And more amazing paper crafts here: http://www.origami-resource-center.com/kirigami-for-kids.html
This post is part of a series for parents and teachers called Perfect Picture Book Fridays hosted by Susanna Leonard Hill. Click on her link and find lots of other picture book suggestions with summaries and activities. This is an unbelievable resource for any parent, teacher or children’s librarian.
About Vivian KirkfieldMom of 3, educator, author of SHOW ME HOW! BUILD YOUR CHILD'S SELF-ESTEEM THROUGH READING, CRAFTING AND COOKING. I love reading, crafting and cooking with preschoolers and flyfishing and hiking with my husband.
Posted on October 26, 2012, in Bullying, Crafting with Children, Halloween activities, Perfect Picture Book Friday and tagged Book review, Halloween, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, National Bully Prevention Month, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture book, Susanna Leonard Hill. Bookmark the permalink. 47 Comments.