Today is Friday! And that means it’s time for a picture book review.
If you live or work with young children, there is a word that you probably hear very often. That word is…NO.
Written by Tracey Corderoy
Illustrated by Tim Warnes
Publisher: Little Tiger Press (2013)
Stubborness, self-control, socialization
“Otto was adorable. Everybody said so. Then Otto learned a brand-new word.”
“A new favorite word and a feeling of being in control lead a young rhino into several unsatisfying situations. Otto has expanded his vocabulary and learns to say “no” emphatically. He tries his new word out at home and at school. Though Otto lives in a loving household and attends a pleasant preschool, his parents and his teacher, a pink flamingo, are shocked by the toddler’s sudden negative attitude and stubbornness. Feeling powerful soon leads to Otto being excluded from many potentially enjoyable situations because he uses his new word indiscriminately. After a less than satisfying day at school, and with a hug and sympathy from his father, the youngster understands it is better to use that word sparingly.”
Why I like this book:
- Simple read-aloud
- Brightly colored illustrations with lots of action
- EVERY child and parent will be able to relate to this story
How a parent can use this book:
- Great read-aloud
- Talk about how ‘no’ is an important that should be used at certain times – when should we say no – when should we say yes
- Role-play with your child using the situations in the book – let your child think of other situations
Make a Rhino Face Mask
You will need: Construction paper, paper plate, scissors, markers, glue.
- You can go to http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/rhinoscraftsideasactivitieskids.html and print out the template of the rhino mask.
- Or you can use a paper plate and cut out the eyes, nostrils, ears and horn from construction paper and glue them on the plate.
- If you want it to be a mask, you can cut out the center of the eyes.
If you are looking for more great picture book suggestions, hop over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog where you will find a bunch more hand-picked picture book reviews with activities for you and your child. If you are a mom, teacher or librarian, please check out Susanna’s amazing Perfect Picture Book page with over 1000 categorized picture book reviews and activities.
I hope you will be back on MONDAY for a SPECIAL HALLOWEEN POST!
I’ll be sharing my entry for Susanna Hill’s Halloweensie Contest (yes, there is still time for you to write a children’s story of 100 words or less) and I’ll also be posting a book review of Barbara Gruener’s What’s Under Your Cape, a marvelous resource for parents and teachers!