Thursday, May 29, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 40

Picture Book: You Will Be My Friend

Author & Illustrator: Peter Brown

Summary: Young Lucy’s plans for making a new friend backfire repeatedly because of her over enthusiasm & lack of respect. Just before giving up & when not even trying, a new friend finds Lucy. Their differences don’t seem to matter.

Hanna’s Comments: Sometimes the best way to illustrate a concept is by reading a picture book that demonstrates the exact opposite. This book is a great example. Poor Lucy tries too hard to make a friend. She is too pushy and too enthusiastic. This would be a great book for lessons on gentleness, meekness, humility, respect, self-control, & the patience required while waiting for something to happen. Therefore, you’ll find these topics listed below even though poor Lucy is anything but. When you do this type of book reading, conversation will be crucial. You must explicitly contrast the picture book with the concept you are teaching.

Publisher & Date of Publication
: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011

Age and Grade Appropriateness: 3 and up, Pre and up

# of Pages
: 40

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book
: None at present

PBT Category: Post 2 K

PBT Topics this Book Con
nects with: acceptance, chosen, communication, conflict, consequences/punishment, cooperation, disappointment, evangelism, friends/friendship, gentleness/meekness, humility, loneliness, mistakes, partners/teamwork, patience, perseverance, perspective, presence, relationships, respect, risking, searching, self-control, waiting 

Scripture Connections: The Golden Rule/The Great Commandment (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 7:12), A friend loves at all times (Proverbs 17:17), This is my commandment that you love one another (John 15:12)

Idea(s) for Application: This book would be a hilarious conversation starter on Evangelism Do’s and Don’ts.

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