Three Books of the Week: Friendship! Ages 3-7

Nov 30, 2017 | Kids Books | 0 comments

It’s been quite a while since I’ve updated this poor book blog.

Due to an incident involving a hot cup of tea, a mom trying to buy a child’s parka online and a three-year-old asking for a story (the irony is not lost on me) – my trusty laptop now rests wherever dead laptops go to rest.

In the time it has taken me to replace said laptop, my to be written about book list has grown steadily higher on the floor next to my bed, on our kitchen table, in our reading nook – you name it – anywhere there can be books, there are books.

So without further adieu, let’s get back to my three picks of the week!

Super Manny Stands Up!

by Kelly DiPucchio and Stephanie Graegan

Children's Books - Super Manny Stands Up by Kelly DiPucchio

Manny is a little racoon who has capes of many colours that he wears at home.  He has his blue cape that helps protect him from unsavoury sea creatures or his purple cape that helps him fight off alien robots.

His most important cape is the invisible one he wears to school that helps to give him courage when it comes time to stand up to the bully.

What did we learn?

We learned you should always remember you are wearing your invisible cape: it will give you super powers.  We also learned to stand up for those who need it.

Why I like it:

I won’t lie:  the lesson of this book hits you over the head like a hammer to a point where even the title is a tad unimaginative.  However, the lesson is a great one.

Manny is really sweet and has a super sense of imagination.  Standing up to the bully gives him power, and better yet, a sidekick.  This book opens up the conversation very easily about bullying and how you can help your friends.

George really liked talking about Manny’s capes and then went to go get his own cape – this makes pretending to have an invisible cape really easy!

Without You

by Geneviève Côté

Children's Books - Without You by Genevieve Cole

I randomly grabbed this off the shelf at a recent visit to the library and not only found a book that George needs in his life right now, but I also have since discovered it’s one of many books about this duo.

Not to mention – this author is French Canadian so you can get this title in both French and English.

Bunny and Pig are little BFF’s.  But everything Pig does makes Bunny mad and the way Bunny wants to play makes Pig mad. They decide to play without each other and do their own thing.  It doesn’t take long for them to realize that although they might like to play differently or do different things – doing them with each other and for each other is much more fun than alone.

What did we learn?

We learned that sometimes our best friends might do things that make us mad or might want to play a different game and that’s okay.

Why I like it

George has a little best friend who he is obsessed with.  They love each other fiercely but they have started to argue fiercely too.  I use this book to explain how to be more patient and kind to Ellie.  It also works with his sister.

Children's Books - Snappy the Alligator by Julie Falatko

This was another random grab-off-the-shelf library that turns out to be the second book about Snappsy the Alligator.

According to his best friend Bert the Rooster, Snappsy is the most fascinating reptile in the world.  He’s taller than the tallest tree, he’s delighted crowds at the jamboree and he once jumped over 23 cars on his scooter.

The only problem is that all these things, including being Snappsy’s BFF are quite the exaggerations.

This is a funny book about a reluctant reptile and an over-zealous rooster who become unlikely friends. Maybe even roommates.

What did we learn?

We learned that sometimes even the most annoying people can be your friends.  Just kidding. I don’t know what we learned -it’s just a fun book.

Why I like it

The book is humorous which makes reading it several times in a row much more bearable.  Bert the Rooster is hilarious with his undying enthusiasm and Snappsy reminds me a bit of my curmudgeonly dad.

Hope you enjoy these picks! And as always,

Happy Reading,

Curious in Wonderland

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