How can we teach kids about love and friendship?
- By being great role models and treating our friends with love and respect
- By giving our children respect and attention and expecting the same from them
- By reading stories that deliver this important message
Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday…an opportunity for me to share a book with you that teaches kids about love and friendship…come and join Susanna Leonard Hill’s fantastic group of picture book writers, illustrators, librarians and others who contribute a picture book review.
February is a month that is chockfull with special days. Thursday, February 14 is Valentine’s Day…which is all about love…but it is also International Book Giving Day…which is all about getting books into the hands of children who have none.
I want to help young children become lovers of books and reading…and a child must have a book in order to fall in love with it.
Last year, I donated to Reach Out and Read, Sit Together and Read and Books for Africa.
In honor of International Book Giving Day and Valentine’s Day, I am donating $25 to provide books for kids…but I would like your help in choosing where the money goes. Do you have a favorite organization that supports this cause? Please leave a comment on my blog and tell me why your favorite should get the money. I will use Random.org and the winner will be announced in next Friday’s post.
Today’s Perfect Picture Book celebrates love and friendship…and is written by a children’s author and blogger I connected with last year. Emily Lim is now a member of 12×12 and is one of the featured speakers at the 2013 Asian Festival of Children’s Content. If you’d like to find out more about her and the many beautiful books she has written, you can visit her blog. When the book first came out, Emily appeared on TV, talking about how she came to write the book.
Prince Bear and Pauper Bear
Written by Emily Lim
Illustrated by Neal Sharp
Publisher: Mustard Seed Books (2007)
Ages: 2 and up
Friendship, love, self-esteem, believe in oneself, caring about others, sharing
From Amazon’s book page: “Pauper Bear is a sad little teddy bear who longs to be loved whilst Prince Bear is a proud teddy bear who loves himself. When their paths take different turns, the two bears discover that things do not happen as they expect… Prince Bear & Pauper Bear has been awarded the Bronze Medal (Children’s Picture Books category) at the 2008 IPPY Awards (World’s largest independent publishers book awards).”
Why do I like this book:
All kids love teddy bears…and here is a timeless story about two bears who are as different as day and night. Kids will cheer when Pauper Bear is carried home and lovingly cared for by his new owner. The illustrations are sweet and clever and clean and simple, with muted tones (a perfect bedtime story) and bold lines. The pictures are so expressive that we can tell what the teddy bears are thinking, even without reading the words. The author has given us a fresh perspective on the classic story of The Prince and the Pauper, with a book that kids will want to hear over and over again. Unfortunately, the book has limited availability here in the States…I was lucky to get a copy on Amazon and I plan to use it for the fall semester in my school programs.
TEDDY BEAR PAPER BAG PUPPET
Photo courtesy www.dltk-kids.com
You will need: 1 paper lunch bag, construction paper, markers or crayons, scissors and glue.
A paper bag is an amazing craft resource. Depending on the age of the child, you can make this puppet as simple or as intricate as you wish. If you want templates for the arms, ears, etc…please go to: http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/teddy/mbearbag.html
If not, you can just cut out approximate-sized pieces from a piece of construction paper.
- Cut out arms, ears, eyes, etc. from construction paper.
- Glue onto the paper bag in the appropriate places.
- If you’d like to make this a Valentine Bear Puppet, you can cut out a heart and glue onto the front, instead of the bow tie or the stomach…wherever you choose.
- Make one with your child so that you each will have one…then you can role-play…retelling the story of Prince Bear and Pauper Bear.
Great teddy bear Valentine’s Day crafts from DLTK: http://www.dltk-holidays.com/valentines/mheartbear.htm
More teddy bear Valentine’s Day drafts here: http://parenting.leehansen.com/holidays/valentine/kids_valentines/index.shtml
And more here: http://dreamlandmagic.soniacjensen.com/valentine/valentine_teddy_pin.html
Wonderful resource website here: http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/bears-crafts-ideas-activities.html
Last link for teddy bear Valentine’s day crafts here: http://www.ehow.com/info_12100662_teddy-bear-valentine-arts-crafts-preschoolers.html
Okay…I lied…here is one more: http://easypreschoolcraft.blogspot.com/2012/07/teddy-bear-puppet-craft.html
And this one has a template you can print out for a bear with movable arms and legs: http://www.storyplace.org/preschool/activities/takehometeddy.asp
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