Picture Book Pair for Sharing Love and Friendship

  Picture book pair posts are about showing how books with similar themes can open up a world of discussion possibilities, and those discussions are great ways to connect with your children or students. It can be fascinating to see how different authors and illustrators approach different topics and themes. Pairing books with similar themes during story time will help children learn that everyone sees and experiences the world a little differently, and it's good to see other people's perspectives. Today is Valentine’s Day, and that has everyone talking about love! But not just romantic love. The love of friends and family is a big topic too! Yes, this time of year love is a hot topic, but it’s a good topic to read and talk about all year long. So today we’d like to share two lovely books with a theme of love between friends. But love isn’t the only thing these two books have in common. They also both feature bears! In Love is in the Little Things by Stella J. Jones, illustrate

Read, Discuss, and Do: MOUSE'S CHRISTMAS GIFT

Mouse's Christmas Gift by Mindy Baker, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk, is the story of a little mouse who steps in to help make the Christmas Eve celebration happen. In the story, when Parson falls ill and is forced to cancel the Christmas Eve service, Mouse takes things into his own paws, setting up the nativity and lighting a candle in the church window. This small act inspires people around town to contribute to the joy of the Christmas season, even in a time when there seems to be "no money for Christmas." Mouse's Christmas Gift is a sweet, charming story full of Christmas spirit that you will want to share with your loved ones year after year.

READ: Mouse's Christmas Gift

DISCUSS: 
  • In what ways can you help spread the joy of Christmas using your own skills and items you find around the house?
  • What does your family do on Christmas Eve? 
  • If you had "no money for Christmas," what could you give as gifts?
  • Do you have a favorite Christmas song? 
  • What is your favorite thing about the Christmas season?
DO: Make a torn paper Christmas wreath.


You will need:
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Red and green paper, any kind
  • Paper plate
  • Red yarn or ribbon 
Directions:
  1. Cut out the middle of the paper plate. 
  2. Tear green paper into random pieces (I used construction paper, but any kind of paper will do). 
  3. Tear the red paper into small, roundish shapes to look like berries. 
  4. Glue the green paper pieces onto the plate until it's completely covered. Next, glue the red pieces around the wreath.
  5.  Tie a length of ribbon or yarn into a bow and glue it at the top. If you don't have ribbon or yarn, draw a bow on red paper, cut it out, and glue it to the top of the wreath. 
Once your wreath is dry, hang it somewhere for all to see!

Other wreath ideas: 
  • Make smaller versions of the wreath to decorate homemade Christmas cards to give to friends, family, and neighbors. 
  • Make tiny wreaths as ornaments to hang on the Christmas tree.
  • Use fabric scraps instead of paper.
  • Try different colors!

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Note: This is an updated version of a post that was published on rebeccajgomez.com


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