Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 24

Picture Book: Officer Buckle & Gloria

Author & Illustrator: Peggy Rathmann

Summary: After being unsuccessful as a school safety presenter, Officer Buckle is a hit once police dog, Gloria, joins him. When Officer Buckle realizes the audience is not enjoying him but Gloria’s imitations of him, he is hurt and refuses to go to schools. Gloria goes alone, but is sad and then there is a terrible accident at that school. Officer Buckle realizes his value and begins presenting with Gloria again, while adding a new safety tip to his repertoire, “Always stick with your buddy.”

Hanna’s Comments: This wonderful book offers hilarious lessons on pride vs. humility, strengths vs. weaknesses, and solo acts vs. partnerships.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Putnam, 1995

Age and Grade Appropriateness: 4 and up, Pre and up

# of Pages
: 40

Available in Spanish?

Formats other than Book
: tablet, video on Youtube, audio cassette, Audible
PBT Category: Award Winner (Caldecott)

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: gifts/giftedness/talents, humility, partners/teamwork, pride

Scripture Connections
: Moses & Aaron (Exodus 7), the 1st shall be last & the last shall be first (Matthew 19:30 & 20:16), Paul & Barnabas (Acts 11 & 13)

Idea(s) for Application
: a program for youth or adults on vocational discernment or spiritual partnership which emphasizes knowing your strengths & the importance of recognizing your interdependence with others who have different strengths

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