Turtle's Dad reads to Turtle a book all about penguins for bedtime one night. Turtle dreams about penguins. And when he wakes up he wants to be a penguin. So he dresses up like one, and off to school to share all the new penguin things he has learned. He and his friends slide like penguins, dance like penguins, and at dinner he evens eats like a penguin with a large bowl of fish crackers.
Pretending is a wonderful thing. When else can people, children or adult, can see from another perspective, explore the world with a different mindset, or really be free to in some ways be more of themselves?
This author is one to watch, as his carefully crafted works are a cut above in quality and talent.
Book for Children Ages: 3 years old to 6 years old
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Activities for Kids:
- Pick an animal to pretend to be and see if you can dress up to look like that animal.
- Turn on some music and do your own silly penguin dance. How would other animals dance? Do those dances too!
- Take a ball and pass it back and forth using your feet as if it is an egg just like Turtle and his friends did.
- Go to the park and see how many different things you can do like an animal (swinging on the monkey bars, sliding like a penguin or otter, etc.)
Cultural Diversity: Though this book is all about animals, it shows a variety of different kinds of animals all interacting and learning together. Also, simply the concept of being able to put yourself in someone else's shoes is one of the building blocks of teaching your child empathy.
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful Book