Expressions from our Youngest

Expressions from our Youngest
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Great Picture Books

Here are more great picture books I read with my five year old:

1)  A Weekend with Wendel by Kevin Henkes

This is a wonderful story about a mouse named Wendell who has not learned his manners yet.  He stays the weekend at a friends house and the family experiences some difficult and humerous encounters with Wendell.  Wendell learns a valuable lesson in the end and the family is releived that he has to return home.  It is a good story to introduce youngsters to choose civility in encountering any difficult peers.

2)  Sophie's Window by Holly Keller

A great story about a bird who learns to fly with some difficulty.  The bird miraculously meets a friendly dog who helps him return to safety until he learns to fly on his own.  They become great friends after the dog reaches out to help the bird.

3)  Little Rabbit Lost by Harry Horse

If you are ever worried about your little one getting lost in a crowd, this is a good story to help your child learn to stay near mom.  Little Rabbit wants to be grown up too fast and learns the hard way that he has to wait until he is a little bigger.

4)  One Fine Day by Nonny Hogrogian

The fox learns that he should not take things that do not belong to him by encountering some unwanted strenuous activity to have something returned to him.  A great lesson to reinforce the seventh commandment, "Thou shalt not steal."

5)  The Caterpillar and the Polliwog by Jack Kent

The caterpillar is very excited because she knows she will one day become something else and tells everyone she encounters.  The polliwog learns he will become something else too and is lead to believe that it is also a butterfly.  At the end of the story, the polliwog is delighted to learn that he becomes a frog.  This story introduces children to the concept of metamorphisis in a fun way.

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