#PPBF: Chopsticks – Fostering Creativity and Self-Reliance
Today is Friday – I have a children’s book review to add to the Perfect Picture Book resource list that author Susanna Leonard Hill is building on her blog. For more wonderful reviews from authors, educators and others who contributed today, please go here.
Written by Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrated by Scott Magoon
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books (2012)
Ages: 4 and up
Learning to be independent, friendship
“Perhaps you’ve met Chopsticks? They’ve been best friends for…forever. They go everywhere together. They do everything together. They’re practically attached at the hip.”
From Amazon: “Meet Chopsticks! They’ve been best friends forever. But one day, this inseparable pair comes to a fork in the road. And for the very first time, they have to figure out how to function apart. From New York Times best-selling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal and rising artistic talent Scott Magoon, this witty and inventive tale celebrates both independence and the unbreakable bonds of friendship.”
Why I like this book:
- This is a hilariously funny story for the adult reader…but also for the young child. That is a hard balance to achieve.
- Wonderful message about friendship and learning to ‘stand on one’s own two feet’ and discovering the endless possibilities of what life has to offer for each one of us.
How a parent can use this book:
- Opportunity for discussion about what it means to be a friend
- Encourage creative thinking – pick any household item and ask child what it is used for and what else could be done with it
- Opportunity for discussion about learning to do things on our own AND trying to do new and different things.
- There are lots of reading readiness games you can play with chopsticks…write letters or sight words on small pieces of paper and fold the papers and put them in a bowl…each player takes turns picking out a paper and reading what it says. This activity also develops fine motor coordination.
Chop sticks can be purchased at many grocery stores – if you cannot find them, ask at a local Chinese restaurant. They may have some for sale or even give you a set for free.
Photo courtesy of: http://www.veggienumnum.com/2010/06/miso-soup/
Then make this yummy miso soup (the recipe is one of 100 child-friendly recipes from Show Me How) so you and your child can experiment with using chopsticks. They are lots of fun, but call for a lot of patience.
You will need: 4 cups water, 1 cup corn kernels, ½ cup chopped green onion tops (scallions are great), ¼ cup dark miso, 1 Tb honey, 1 Tb sesame oil (subsitute canola oil if necessary), 1 sheet of nori seaweed torn into small pieces (substitute spinach or kale leaf), ¼ lb diced tofu and a large pot.
- Bring water to a boil, add corn and lower heat to simmer.
- Simmer for 3-5 minutes.
- Add other ingredients and heat.
- Makes 5 servings. You can use the chopsticks to eat the tofu and corn…what a challenge!!!
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Posted on November 7, 2013, in Book Review, Cooking with Kids, Perfect Picture Book Friday and tagged Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Chopsticks, Miso soup recipe, Picture book, Reading Readiness, Susanna Leonard Hill, Word games. Bookmark the permalink. 44 Comments.