Last week I found this link http://pages.simonandschuster.com/nonamecalling here at Melvin Might’s page on No Name-Calling Week. Since the week is still going on till Jan. 27, (today) I wanted to highlight it once again. It can really be a help with anti-bullying to have a program like this once a year. And it was from Simon and Schuster the publishing house of Melvin Might that started it.
Written By: Jon Scieszka
Illustrated By: Design Garage; David Shannon, Loren Long, David Gordon and the illustration crew.
Published By: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 2008 Fiction
Theme: Trucks, Worry, Self-esteem and Self acceptance, Friendship
Written for: Ages Three to second grade.
Resources: “Honk if you’ve met the whole Truck Town Gang. For more fun and games take a look under the hood at www.trucktownbooks.com and www.trucktown.com .” Also check out www.Simonsayskids.com .and No Name-Calling Week from January 23 to 27, 2012. http://pages.simonandschuster.com/nonamecalling with down loadable discussion guides and many anti-bullying books available on this website.
Description:“Melvin the worrying Cement Mixer worries about EVERYTHING…and doesn’t think he can do ANYTHING. He watches nervously as Jack, Pete, and Rita soar, soar, and splash their way to cross a ravine. But when Rita cries out for help, Melvin knows he must do something. But how can he save her if he’s worrying so much?”
From the Jacket: “Rescue Rita needs to be rescued! Only Melvin can save her! There’s just one problem.”
First Two sentences: “Cement Mixer Melvin worries. Melvin worries, “I might get dirty.”
Can you see why I love it? Why anyone would love it? It’s got universal themes and there’s a hero. And to make it all the better for boys it’s in a language they all understand … trucks. The illustrations are out of this world brilliant and Jon Sciezka’s text is out of this world read aloud able. This book is geared for the very young reader and simple enough most kindergarteners and first graders can read it for themselves. But with a parents’ comforting arms around him the lesson in the book is bound to come across and stick.
Self acceptance, one of the themes this book deals with is brought out by worrying. That it is considered sissy to worry is to a boys detriment. That it brings it out as the hero turns it to his benefit makes it even higher in my *love it* ladder.
For more books with resources that come highly recommended please visit Perfect Picture Books at Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog. Or you can click on the Perfect Picture Book Friday badge and wisk through cyber space to arrive at Susanna’s place for resources and books all organized for you.
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