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.
I spent the most delightful morning at my grandson’s Kindercare kindergarten class. We had made a book together – he drew the pictures and told me what to write. Then he told his teacher that he wanted his grandma to come in to read the book to his friends. The teacher was thrilled (another pair of hands is always appreciated in a classroom filled with active kids)…and today was the day. Jeremy could hardly wait to get to school…in the car, he told me that he was a gazillion and trillion excited.
Of course I had a ball – and read a whole bunch of picture books with them in addition to the book Jeremy had made. It’s always fascinating to observe the interactions amongst the kids – friends one moment and arch-enemies the next.
So I decided to bring a book to you that addresses the topic of friendship…and with Valentine’s Day just two weeks away, it seems very appropriate.
Hoot and Holler
Written by Alan Brown
Illustrated by Rimantas Rolia
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (2001)
Ages: 3 and up
Friendship, expressing emotions, overcoming fears
Holler, a big owl, and Hoot, a little owl, played together every night in the woods. They were both shy, and neither friend spoke of how he felt about the other. A storm separated the two owls and each worried that he would never find his best friend. A wise old owl advised Holler to call out loudly for Hoot. Although Holler was very shy and had never been able to raise his voice, he found the courage to call very loudly…and Hoot heard him! They found each other and were overjoyed and were finally able to express their feelings of love.
Why I like this book:
- Great read-aloud
- Children will relate to the owls who find it difficult to express how they feel
How a parent can use this book:
- Great read-aloud
- Opportunity for discussion about expressing how we feel about others
- Talk about how to be a good friend and how to show friends we care about them
- Gives child a chance to talk about things that scare him
Make A Paper Plate Owl
You will need: One white paper plate, crayons or markers, construction paper, scissors, glue.
I found this craft at an amazing blog…huppiemama.com…her photos are so wonderful that you don’t even need instructions for this fun owl.
National Geographic Kids has an awesome website and lots of info and videos on owls: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/creaturefeature/snowy-owl/
Another great link for animal info for kids is: http://www.biokids.umich.edu/critters/Tyto_alba/
I start Susanna Hill’s Making Picture Book Magic class on Saturday. I am 100% excited! I’m also taking part in Doris K. Stone’s Fearless February, a challenge that encourages you to write 28 minutes a day for 28 days.
Since it’s the end of January, I’m happy to say that I’ve completed a
picture book draft for 12×12 (by the way…still time to join…don’t
hesitate if you write picture books and are wanting to submit to
agents)…and I have more than a dozen ideas for other stories. Five-year
old kids are natural story-sparkers…I basically walk around the house
with a pencil and paper and listen to him.
Please stop by on Monday for Goal-Busters with…
If you are having ANY trouble goal-setting or time-
management…you won’t want to miss that post!
Here’s a mom who knows how important books are for her children: http://mylifeismyrainbow.wordpress.com/