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 the Librarian on the Columbia County Book Mobile recommended it!
By Claire Alexander
26 pages -ages 4+
Published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers on June 6, 2012
Theme/Topic – Dyslexia/perseverance
Opening and Synopsis – Taken from the back of the book –
“Let’s all make birthday cards for Mr. Slippers!” Miss Catnip said. Stan had lots of brilliant ideas for what to draw. “Excellent!” said Miss Catnip. “But first of all… your cards need to say Happy Birthday.” Oh no! thought Stan. He hadn’t realized there would be writing!”
Stan wants to do a great birthday card for Mr. Slippers, the principal. But when he tries to write, his words come out back to front and upside down! Stan is afraid to ask for help because he thinks everyone will laugh at him. What will Stan do?
Why I liked this book – First off, the illustrations are CUTE! I love that the kids are animals too, meaning it can be any kid. That is a great message. I like how Stan handles his problem. Jack was a great friend to Stan and I would love it if he was a real person in my grade. I like that this book is a book about a kid that has problems writing. It could be that he has dyslexia or that he is just not as experienced with writing as the other kids. I like that a boy and a girl are having trouble. I like that it shows that girls have trouble too with writing, not just boys. The book also teaches kids to ask for help when they need it and usually there is another person having the same trouble.
Activities and Resources –
Here is the book’s trailer –
Plan a birthday party for one of your kid’s favorite stuffed animal. Help your child write a birthday card and makes signs for writing practice.
You can learn more about dyslexia and how to help someone with it by visiting the International Dyslexia Association by clicking HERE.
This is a video my parents showed me to help understand what it is like to be dyslexic (someone very close to me is dyslexic).
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!
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