Looking ahead to Christmas and gift giving, books are always a timeless and welcome gift. I have found a few excellent books which I want to share with you. I had to buy them, as they’re that good. Children in my classroom heartily agree!
In today’s world children need to develop social and emotional skills now more than ever. They have been isolated with Covid for a long time, and while they’re (mostly) back in school, it’s just not the same thing. Masks and required social distancing has taken its toll on what is most important for children. So, when a book is a great story and also a piece of what they need, it’s win-win.
The Rabbit Listened
by Cori Doerrfeld
Taylor builds a magnificent block structure. Clearly, all of his energy and creative ideas have gone into this building.
And then… a terrible thing happens. What can Taylor do?
The animals think they can help. One by one, each animal stops by to offer Taylor advice. Chicken, bear, hyena, kangaroo, elephant, and more all have very different ideas as to what Taylor should do. Chicken wanted to talk, talk, talk. Taylor didn’t feel like talking.
And so the story continues with animal after animal telling Taylor what to do. Nothing felt right. Until the rabbit stops by and sits beside Taylor – just being there.
When Taylor is ready, he recounts what each animal has said to do, and the rabbit listens.
Talking about it, becoming angry, remembering how it was built, laughing about what happened, knocking down someone else’s and more weren’t the right things to do at all. At last Taylor decides to build again.
Children love books with animals. They also like seeing the animals feeling and acting the same way that they do. Every child relates to Taylor and enjoys block building. This book has it all. Highly recommended for the reader and also the reader aloud.
Stay tuned for #2, Stick and Stone.