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.
Thanksgiving is next week…it is a time for being thankful for those we love…but sometimes, because of a lack of communication, there can be misunderstanding and unhappiness.
My picture book choice echoes that theme.
Written and illustrated by Polly Dunbar
Publisher: Candlewick Press (2007)
Ages: 4 and up
“Ben ripped open his present. Inside was a penguin. “Hello Penguin!” said Ben.”
From Booklist: “Ben is disappointed that the penguin he receives as a present is mute. He tries everything from tickling it to entertaining it with a song and a dizzy dance, but Penguin doesn’t speak. Ben fires Penguin into outer space, but he returns as silent as ever. Then he tries to feed Penguin to a passing lion, but the lion goes after Ben instead. Penguin saves the day and then recounts all of the preceding episodes in his own, pictorial language. The closing scene, in which Penguin responds to Ben’s hug by uttering a heart-shaped message, warmly conveys that the adversaries have finally found common ground. Dunbar complements her short, straightforward text with equally spare illustrations, judiciously brightened with color, in which Ben, Penguin, and Lion (and little else) appear on completely white pages. This brief, brisk story will hold the attention of impatient children, while its messages about easing standoffs through communication and mutual respect bears repeated reading.”
Why I like this book:
- Great read-aloud for younger children…older kids will enjoy reading it themselves
- Wonderful message about the importance of communication
- Fabulous illustrations
- Full of humor
How a parent can use this book:
- Great read-aloud
- Fun easy reader
- Opportunity for discussion about the importance of communicating how we are feeling and what we want and need.
I love Polly Dunbar’s books! One of her other books, Flyaway Katie, and a related craft project and cooking activity appear in my book, Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking. What an amazing holiday gift that would make for any parent or teacher of young children! It’s chockful of quick and easy craft and cooking and reading activities and it’s available on Amazon. I want to share the SPECIAL SALE that started today – it’s a Pre-Black Friday EXTRAVAGANZA!
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MAKE A PAPER PLATE PENGUIN
Photo courtesy: http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/image/ptashapenguin.jpg
You will need: 1 small white paper plate, 1 piece of black construction paper, 1 small piece of orange construction paper and a bit of white, scissors, glue.
- Glue the paper plate on the piece of black construction paper.
- Cut around the black, leaving an inch or two of black extending from the plate.
- Use the excess black to cut a circle for the penguin’s head and eyes.
- Cut feet and beak from orange and glue in place.
- Cut 2 small circles from white for the eyes. Glue the smaller black circles on the white circles and the white circles onto the head.
- Glue the head to the penguin’s body.