Posted tagged ‘Encouragement’

Don’t Let the Crayons Quit!

January 9, 2014

When crayons are new, they fit into a neat little box like soldiers in a row. Each crayon boasts its special color. Over time, some crayons get broken. Some get lost. Some lose their paper jackets. Some get used more than others. And some are hastily stuffed back into their boxes. Those bright new crayons can become a sad lot.

Crayons have feelings. If you don’t believe me, take a look at The Day the Crayons Quit written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. When Duncan opens his box of crayons, he finds letters instead of crayons. In the appropriate color, each crayon writes a letter to Duncan. Some are complaints, some are suggestions, and some are asking for his help. Duncan takes the letters to heart and comes up with a delightful solution that pleases all – even his teacher who gives him an A+ for creativity. The combination of Jeffers illustrations and Daywalt’s imaginative text makes for a truly fun reading experience.

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This book brings to mind another thought. In our efforts as parents and teachers to make sure every child fits in, we sometimes forget to think outside the box. Every child has unique qualities. It’s our job to encourage our children to develop their talents to the best of their abilities so they can add their special color to the world.

Don’t let the crayons quit!

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Another Classic Book

January 20, 2012

There they go again. Whining. Complaining. “I can’t do it. I can’t.” Before you pop your top at your youngsters, grab a copy of “I Can’t” Said The Ant by Polly Cameron and share it. It’s a classic!

Poor Miss Teapot has fallen to the floor and can’t get up. With catchy one-line rhymes, the objects in the kitchen persuade an ant to help.

 “Push her up,” said the cup.

 “I can’t,” said the ant.

Never fear! With encouragement from the kitchen objects and cooperation from the ant and his friends, Miss Teapot is mended and lifted to safety.

Red is the color of choice for the illustrations, and the text is done in olive green. The color palette is a bit limited compared to today’s picture books, but the rhymes make the book sparkle. Read it once. Read it twice. Read it again. You and your listeners will be repeating the one-liners over and over!

Think of the fun you can have making up your own rhymes and drawing pictures to go with them. This classic book never loses its appeal!


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