Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 186


Picture Book: Spoon

Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Illustrator: Scott Magoon

Summary: Spoon is, as you might have guessed, a utensil, with a wonderfully rounded shape, perfect for certain kinds of eating. However, Spoon is jealous of the unique things that Fork, Knife, and The Chopsticks can do. Meanwhile, the other utensils are sure that Spoon’s life is lucky. Spoon’s mother helps him appreciate his unique life. The book ends with the entire family snuggling in bed together as they, you guessed it, spoon each other.

Hanna’s Comments: This clever book will tickle the children in your faith community. Be sure your audience gets all the puns. You might need to explain them. Then engage them in a conversation about jealousy and coveting. Encourage them to be real while helping them view their own unique and blessed lives. Share your own struggles with jealousy. We all battle that green monster sometimes!

Publisher & Date of Publication: Hyperion Books, 2009

Age & Grade Appropriateness: 2 and up, Toddler and up

# of Pages: 40

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: audio, There is a video version in the collection: Spoon and More Stories about Friendship.

PBT Category: Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: abilities, affection, affirmation, authenticity, body of Christ, call/calling/vocation, coveting/jealousy, difference, diversity, feasting/food/hunger/nutrition, gifts/talents, gratitude/thankfulness/thanksgiving, individuality/uniqueness, labor/work, the Law/rules/10 commandments, mothers, parents/parental love, perspective, purpose, reassurance, self-acceptance/self-image/self-esteem, sin, (at) table

Scripture Connections: Do not covet (Exodus 20:17); present your bodies as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1); there are varieties of gifts (1 Corinthians 12)

Idea(s) for Application: Read this book in a lesson for children on the 10 Commandments or more specifically, jealousy and coveting. Be sure to talk about how jealousy can squelch thanksgiving and joy.