Perfect Picture Book Friday: Tibby the Tiger Bunny

Happy New Year to all!

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.

One of my blogging buddies, author Emily Lim, has a whole series of books that address important issues that young children can relate to. One of her newest is Tibby, the Tiger Bunny.

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TIBBY, THE TIGER BUNNY

Written by Emily Lim

Illustrated by Jade Fang

Publisher: Epigram Books (October 2013)

Ages: 4 and up

Themes:

Friendship, getting along with others, being different

Synopsis:

From Emily’s blog: “All Tibby ever wanted was some friends to play with, but the other rabbits found him too strange. After all, he could pounce and roar like a tiger. But he also had long floppy ears and could hop like a bunny. Was Tibby a tiger or a bunny?”

Why  I like this book:

  • Great read-aloud for younger children…older kids will enjoy reading it themselves
  • Wonderful message about friendship, getting along with others and being yourself
  • Lovely illustrations by the talented Jade Fang

How a parent can use this book:

  • Great read-aloud
  • Opportunity for discussion about what it means to be a friend and why it is important to be yourself

Related Activities:

Arrange play-dates for your child…especially if he or she is not in preschool yet…a little socialization goes a long way towards helping kids learn how to get along with each other and discover their own strengths.

PAPER PLATE TIGER/BUNNY

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You will need a paper plate, construction paper, scissors, glue and markers.

  1. Cut out ears and whiskers from construction paper.
  2. Glue in place.
  3. Use the marker to add the bunny’s features.
  4. You can turn the plate over and create a tiger face on the other side.
  5. Let your child role-play with each side – how does he act and sound when he is a tiger? A bunny?

                     NEW SERIES COMING TO A BLOG NEAR YOU – GOAL BUSTERS

On the first Monday of each month, we be taking a peek at the goals we’ve made and the steps we are taking to reach them. This month, I’ll share my goals for 2014, the steps I’m taking to reach them…and how I plan to reward myself when I reach each goal! In February, author Alayne Christian will take the spotlight and in March, author Clarike Bowman-Jahn will be featured. Please join us for GOAL-BUSTERS!

 

If you write or illustrate, parent or teach…I know you have goals! Please share them in the comments or contact me (viviankirkfield@gmail.com) if you’d like to be featured in a blog post.jeremys first day at soccer made a goal 9_7‑13

Children’s Book Week: Giveaway Hop & Review of Peter Rabbit with Activity

Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday, so stay tuned for a great picture book review and activity AND a chance to vote for your favorite jingle.

But first, I want to share something else that is quite special.

Guess what! May 13-19 is Children’s Book Week! Helping every child become a reader and lover of books is a goal held by many of us.

To help celebrate, Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews are hosting an awesome GIVEAWAY blog hop.

Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop

Did I say this was an AWESOME blog hop?  Dozens and dozens of book-loving bloggers will be participating. You can join by doing a post and giveaway and linking up OR you can visit any or all of the blogs on the link-up and enter for a chance to win each prize!

My giveaway will consist of  Continue reading

Sunday Post: Sentimental Value…Easter Craft for Kids

Jake at Time after Time has a Sunday Post Challenge…today’s theme is SENTIMENTAL VALUE.

Sentimental value definition: value placed on something because of its emotional associations rather than its monetary worth.

Easter Crafts for Kids

What has the greatest sentimental value for me?

 People!

My family!

My children and grandchildren!

CHILDREN ARE PRICELESS! And pricey!

Did you know that it costs over $200,000 to raise a child to age 18?

But some of the most important things you can give your kids are free!

1.     Give them your time – participate with them in activities that are fun.

2.     Give them your attention – listen to them when they talk to you.

3.     Give them your respect – ask for their opinions and thoughts.

4.     Give them your love – show them and tell them EVERY day.

5.     Give them boundaries – set expectations and consequences.

Your return on investment will be well worth it!

Spending time with kids can be fun for everyone. If you have young children ages 2-8, my book is a great resource. Join hundreds of other parents and teachers who use the ideas in the book every day. It makes a great baby shower gift…the baby will quickly outgrow those little sleepers, but will never outgrow the benefits of positive parental participation!  Click this link to find out more about it!www.positiveparentalparticipation.com

What are some things you do with your kids?

With Easter just around the corner, how about crafting a paper plate bunny? Arts and crafts activities build self-esteem, develop stronger literacy skills, increase coordination and encourage creative expression and imagination.

PAPER PLATE EASTER BUNNY

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photo courtesy all kids network

You will need: Paper plate, cotton balls, glue, construction paper in white and pink, pipe cleaners, scissors.

1.    Young kids will especially love plunking cotton balls all over the bunny’s face…use a glue stick for less mess.

2.    The picture shows pipe cleaners for whiskers and mouth…as well as a pom-pom pink nose…but you can substitute pieces of construction paper.

Step-by-step instructions at: Paper Plate Easter Bunny Craft

 

There’s lots of fun over at Jake’s Sunday Post.

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