It's time for Perfect Picture Books!
I took last week off from this activity on purpose. I love doing it, but really needed to focus a bit on how my 2012 is going to play out. While the plan is not fully formed yet (is a plan ever really fully formed?) it's in better shape than it was. It's mostly in my head and the next step will be to get it on paper, or some electronic format thereof.
That said, here is this week's Perfect Picture Book. Thanks to Susanna Hill, I keep finding myself looking at children's books in new ways and thinking beyond the words and pictures on the pages. And here, I'll also thank Miss Patty, one of my son's nursery school teachers, for sharing this book with me.
Title: Too Many Toys
Author: David Shannon
Publisher: Blue Sky Press, 2008
Suitable for: Age 4 and up
Theme/Topics: Abundance, Cleaning up
Overview/Synopsis: Spencer has too many toys! His father trips over them, his mother falls over them, and the house is overflowing with junk. Now its time to give some of the mountain of goodies away, but Spencer finds it hard. In the end, he fills a box, but decides the one toy he can't part with is the box!
Activities: Especially with 4 year olds,I think it would be fun to ask them how many toys is "too many toys." Their perception of numbers and amounts is not yet formed, but it could be fun exercise to try to count some of the numbers that come up. With older kids, a toy purge/giveaway to less fortunate kids would help teach the value of giving to others.
Why I chose this book: This book is my life. My kids have too many toys- we are partly to blame for that. However, the funny part is that just like Spencer, my four year old still finds just as much pleasure in the box and using his imagination to make the box into other things; like a boat, a tent, or a rocket ship.