I have some exciting news! Marni Jarman of the “Words to Dreams” blog read my December Upper Bucks Free Press newspaper article and liked it so much that she wanted to put it on her blog. 🙂 I didn’t post my December article on my blog (I had things way over scheduled) but you can read it at Mrs. Jarman’s blog HERE. It is about book-related gift ideas for kids! I hope you like it!
Now onto PPBF!
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 it teaches about another culture and the mom in the book let the kids be MESSY!
The Schmutzy Family
by Madelyn Rosenberg
32 Pages – Ages 4+
Published by Holiday House on August 1, 2012
Theme/Topic – I don’t know how to say what the topic is in a couple of words but it’s about letting kids be kids (maybe somebody can help me) and the other topic would be Jewish Traditions
Opening and Synopsis – From the inside jacket –
“Sunday through Friday, the Schmutzy children are encouraged to explore, experiment, and create. It’s messy work involving mud pies, tomato sauce, worms, and frogs!
But on Friday morning, Mama exclaims, “Look at this dirt… And It’s nearly SHABBOS. We can’t bring in the Sabbath smelling like COWS!”
Mama Schmutzy lets her kids explore and create even if it is MESSY (and it does get very messy). She encourages her kids to create and learn but on Friday, she expects all the Schmutzys to help clean up and get ready for the Sabbath.
Why I liked this book –This is a funny book with great illustrations. I like the ending (not telling 😉 ) a lot. It tells an important message – have fun and get messy, but you still have a responsibility to clean up. My Mom let’s us play messy. I like that. It also teaches about some Jewish traditions. I am not Jewish and I liked learning about the Shabbos. I think it is important to learn about other cultures and religions. I think this book will make a great read-aloud! I recommend this book to kids 4+!
Activities and Resources –
Let your kids get MESSY!! Let them jump in mud puddles and roll around in the dirt. 😀
Get a can of shaving cream and spray it on a table or in a bin and let your kid swirl his or her hands through it and make sculptures or draw pictures in it.
Use water-color paints and clean brushes and let your kids paint each other (Crayola makes non toxic water-color paints). Some places even have bath paints that are meant to be used on your body.
After all the messes are made, have your kids help clean up (which you can maybe make fun)!
I found a great blog with a whole section of sensory play activities (some messy) good for teachers and their students called Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes (this blog will also be important at the end of my post 😉 ). Click HERE to go to it.
I also want to mention that I won my signed copy of “The Schmutzy Family” on Jama Rattigan’s “Jama’s Alphabet Soup” blog. Thanks Ms. Rattigan! If you’ve never visited Ms. Rattigan’s blog you should!It is a lot of fun. She posts about books, food and writing! Click HERE to go to her blog.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.
NOW for the winner of the signed copy of “A Bad Kitty Christmas”. Josie picked a name out of a hat containing all the entries. The winner is –
Sandi Purdell-Lewis of the Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes Blog!! Congratulations! I will email you to get your mailing address!