Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 229

Picture Book: Is There Really a Human Race?

Author: Jamie Lee Curtis

Illustrator: Laura Cornell

Summary: The title question leads to a series of wise poetry full of fun puns and considerations about modernity’s fast-paced culture and tendency toward competition. This delightful book brimming with fun illustrations includes reminders that sometimes it’s better to slow down and see the beauty that surrounds us and be thankful for the help along the way.

Hanna’s Comments: I especially love the end of this book:
“So, take what’s inside you
and make big bold choices.
And for those who can’t speak for themselves,
use bold voices.
And make friends and love well,
bring art to this place.
And make the world better
for the whole human race.”  

Publisher & Date of Publication: Harper Collins, 2006

Age & Grade Appropriateness: 4

# of Pages: 40

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: Audio download

PBT Category: Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: abilities, adventure, anxiety/worry, aspirations/dreams, attentiveness/observation/seeing, authenticity, babies/children, beauty, blessings, challenges, competition, creativity/imagination/ingenuity, difficulties, encouragement, gifts/talents, grace, gratitude/thanksgiving, growing up/growth, humanity, identity/names, individuality/uniqueness, life, perseverance, purpose, questioning/questions, righteousness, self-acceptance/self-image/self-esteem, sports/sports stars, variety

Scripture Connections: I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14); Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3); I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)

Idea(s) for Application: Consider reading this book to the children of your family, faith community, or classroom when you want to discourage competition and rivalries. 

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