Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I think this book has a great message.
Written and Illustrated Monette Pangan
34 pages – ages 4+
Published by Anchor Group on May 14, 2013
Theme/Topic- Being heard / listening / manners
Genre- Realistic Fiction
Opening and Synopsis- Taken from the back cover -
“Erin is a screamer! She is the youngest child in a large family and it’s the only way she knows to get herself heard. See what happen when the screaming no longer works and Erin decides it’s time to try something new.”
Why I liked this book – I liked the message in this book. I think a lot of times kids don’t think that their parents, brothers and/or sisters listen to them. It also shows that screaming doesn’t get you what you want. The story makes a great point that everyone in a family, from youngest to oldest, needs to listen to the others. The illustrations are cute and go well with the story. I really like how one of Erin’s sisters always has a book in her hands.
Activities and Resources -
Dinner-time talks – I was having a hard time coming up with an activity for this book and my mom told me that we actually do an activity that helps listening in our house. Her and my dad decided that when we sit down for dinner every member of our family gets to say something about their day and other people can’t talk unless it is to ask a question for the person talking. I really like it when we have our dinner-time talks and I never realized it was my parents trying to get Josie and me (and them) to be better listeners (sneaky parents teaching us without me knowing!).
I found a teacher’s guide at the City of Toronto’s Early Childhood Services Team’s website for teaching kids to be good listeners. Click HERE.