Polar Bear’s Underwear by Tupera Tupera

 

So I have wanted to write about this book for A LONG TIME.  I have been holding off because I wanted to take a picture of it in real life so you could see how much fun the cut outs are… but it is ALWAYS CHECKED OUT.

So, here is the post without fun pictures because YOU NEED TO GO GET THIS BOOK.

I’ve read this book to ones and twos classes in daycares, threes and fours classes in daycares, pre-k in elementary schools, and kindergarteners.  It is pretty versatile.  One of the pre-k teachers even e-mailed me after my visit to say that the kids were STILL talking about this book.

The concept of this book is pretty simple.  Polar Bear can’t find his underwear and enlists the help of his friend Mouse to go looking for it.  As Mouse and Polar Bear go looking, the underwear is revealed in a cut out and as you turn the page you see who is wearing the underwear.  None of the underwear is boring.  Stripes, carrots, treat-filled… there are tons of different types! The older kids loved guessing whose underwear we saw based on the patterns.  The younger kids just were intrigued by the cut outs.

Really, you can’t go wrong with this book.  Plus it’s about underwear, which is a real winner.  The kids can’t get enough!

Bonus book if your kid liked the underwear of this book: Froggy Gets Dressed by Jack London 🙂

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Thanksgiving!

So Thanksgiving is FAST APPROACHING! Today I have two Thanksgiving books that I think are cute.  There are actually a number of nice books about being thankful and being with family, so don’t think these are it!

The first book is……

Sharing the Bread: An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Story by Pat Zietlow Miller

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You’re a Crab: A moody day book by Jenny Whitehead

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You’re a Crab: A Moody Day Book

Jenny Whitehead

This book talks about FEELINGS.  Are you frustrated? mad? happy? silly? Want to be alone? This book relates all of those feelings to undersea creatures! I think the reason this book works so well is because of the illustrations.  Feelings can be hard to describe sometimes, but seeing how the animals are drawn and colored, that will help give your little an idea what each of these feelings really are.  For example, “you can be a friendly dolphin with a squeeeaky laugh.” And the picture has two dolphins, clearly smiling and having fun!

I like this book because it talks about how some days you are just NOT FEELING THINGS.  This books shows that sometimes, that is OK, and will give your little the concepts to help explain how they are feeling.  Plus, the book ends on a happy note.  It gives validation to your little’s
feelings and reassures them that you will be there, no matter what happens!

This book is not just about bad feelings though.  It also talks about hugging, kissing, laughing, playing moods.  Really, any mood!

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[BH] To be absolutely honest, I was unsure of this book at the beginning. The cover is bright and busy and it just didn’t catch me in a good way but WHOA was I wrong. As I read the story of a crabby crab and all these other aquatic animals my feelings changed (like the book talks about) and it won me over. This book is great as it tells littles that it’s ok to feel like a crabby crab every once in a while, but eventually your feelings will change and you will feel like a silly jellyfish, a funny clownfish or any numerous other goofy animal they talk about!  The one thing I do wish this book talked about is that although you may feel like a crab and want to snatch at everyone you see, that you don’t react with your feelings, because that’s when you can get into trouble. But, what a fun book to help talk about emotions and feelings with your little. Now when your little is feeling crappy you can ask if they feel like a crab or do they need some space like the hermit crab?

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Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

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Once Upon an Alphabet is a collection of short stories for each letter of the alphabet. Some characters pop up throughout the book and some are unique to their letter.

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[BH] To be honest I did not love every single short story in this book but then again there are 27 of them. I do however love books with this type of concept and Oliver Jeffers did a new spin on the A-Z book. My favorite letters in this book are E, N, Q and R. I mean a story about fitting an elephant into an envelope and Robots that steal clouds are just too much. What I love about this type of short story book is that it never gets boring. It is fun to read all at once or over a long period of time. You don’t have to read the book in any order and it still makes sense. Somehow Oliver Jeffers makes all the different characters come to life so quickly that each one feels special! If I were to read this with a little I would let them pick a letter each morning and we would read that poem a couple times that day.

[G] I like this alphabet book for a couple of reasons.  The first is that you don’t HAVE to read the entire book in one sitting if you don’t want! (In fact, it would be a littttttle bit long if you did).  As adults, we know that if our attention starts to wander, we should put the book down and regroup.  This could mean not picking the book up again until later—a couple hours, the next day, whenever really.  And we know this is OK! Kids need to learn this too! It’s OK if attentions start to wander during books! Sometimes modelling is the best way to teach good habits. This book lends itself quite well to that.  Each story is quite short, and can be read alone.  However, the other reason I like this book is because the stories all work very well together too! If you want to read the whole book, you’ll find surprises throughout the book that connect each letter.  In fact, I think the illustrations will become more rewarding the more you look at them! You’ll find new things each time.

[G] Speaking of the illustrations, they are fantastic! Lots of attention to detail and just the right amount of color to keep them interesting.

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Ish by Peter Reynolds

Hi, Hello, Bonjour! Welcome to Blue Hair and the Ghost. We hope you enjoy our children’s literacy reviews and activities. We are so excited about finally getting our ideas and views out there to help you read and learn with your little! Here’s to having fun and learning. Enjoy our first review.

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Ish by Peter H Reynolds

[BH] I found this book one day when I went on a book hunt at Barnes and Noble. When I was teaching, I used to spend an afternoon just looking through different children’s books trying to find quality books to use in the classroom; Ish has been my favorite book ever since. This is a wonderful story about a little boy who loves to draw but is discouraged when his older brother cannot tell what he is drawing. He loses hope and the desire to draw until one day he discovers his little sisters room. She has collected all his drawings and wallpapered her room. She describes them all as “ish”, “vase-ish”, “flower-ish” and so on. His love for drawing and creating comes back to life! This book is the perfect length and has beautiful illustrations to top it off!

[BH]I absolutely love using this book in the classroom because it helps teach children that they do not need to be perfect, their drawings don’t need to be perfect, their writing doesn’t need to be perfect. They just need to … wait for it.. my favorite thing to say to children… TRY. They just need to TRY! This book helps encourage those littles that are unsure of what they are doing to just try it – just go for it! This book will help your child gain confidence in whatever they decide to try, because just like the book their drawing or writing will probably come out “ish” like. The message is such a positive message for littles to hear. Anytime your little is getting frustrated or overwhelmed with a new task bring up Ramon to encourage them to try.

[G] For most of my life, I have hesitated to do things when I know that I would struggle.  Trying new things, especially as I got older, was not something I really enjoyed because I did not like the learning curve that went along with it! I think that part of the reason I love Ish so much is because I can relate so much to this character! (Even though I am MANY years older than Ramon).  This book is a great way to introduce the idea that starting something is just as important as finishing something—a lesson that adults sometimes need to be reminded of.

[G] Beyond this main idea, there are also important lessons about family and feelings! It’s a good way to start talking about bullying (which the older brother does!) and making others feel better (which the younger sister does!)

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