Monday, November 24, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 219

Picture Book: Circle of Thanks

Author: Susi Gregg Fowler

Illustrator: Peter Catalanotto

Summary: An Alaskan mother and her son venture into the tundra to see new otter pups. A pup falls into the water and can’t swim yet so the human mother saves the pup with little thought of payback or thanks. A chain reaction of rescues across multiple arctic animal species circles around to end with an arctic fox signaling to the human mother of her hurt son’s whereabouts in the snow.  

Hanna’s Comments: This story has some wonderful seasonal arctic imagery. Also, I love a circle story! Here you have very human-like animals which may bother some of you, but young children will love it. Despite the anthropomorphism, here is a powerful story of being rewarded for tender loving kindness.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Scholastic, 1998

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

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: None at present

PBT Category: Pre 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: action, animals, attentiveness/observation/seeing, bonds/connections, community, dependence/interdependence, the environment/nature, gentleness/meekness, gratitude/thanksgiving, helping, kindness, neighbors, outreach, parents/parental love, relationships, rescue

Scripture Connections: Love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18); whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them (Matthew 7:12); live peaceably with all (Romans 12:18)

Idea(s) for Application: Read this book in a lesson with children on how goodness grows, how loving kindness furthers kindness, or how to treat your neighbors. You may want to talk specifically about how protecting certain species of animals encourages biodiversity which leads to a richer and more stable environment for all of us. 

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