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 is a good anti-bullying story.
That’s Not Normal
Written by Mar Pavón
Illustrated by Laure du Faÿ
44 pages – ages 6+
Published by NubeOcho on Sept. 13 2016
Theme/Topic- Being bullied/Helping others
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Elephant had a very, very long trunk… Incredibly long!
THAT’S NOT NORMAL!“
Synopsis from Publisher: “The elephant has a very long trunk. With it he helps all his friends, but the hippopotamus always mocks him and says: “that’s not normal!’
But what is “normal”?”
What I Thought- I love that this book has Hippopotamus being nasty, but still the animals help him. It shows that you should always try to help others. There is, of course, an anti-bullying statement, ending with Hippopotamus and Elephant collaborating. It is a nice story line. The illustrations are simple, and they remind me of some comic strips. Kids will like that. Ms. Pavón has a nice, basic, easy-to-read type of writing style, and the words are formatted to accent words in a fun way. An all-around great book! 😀
Activities and Resources- I found an article from Nymetroparents.com on showing acceptance of others as a parental figure HERE.
There is a nice lesson plan for teachers/homeschoolers from Edutopia.org about teaching acceptance HERE.
What’s nice about this publisher is that NubeOcho publishes this and many other titles in Spanish too!
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!