Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 271

Picture Book: One Winter’s Day

Author: M. Christina Butler

Illustrator: Tina Macnaughton

Summary: The wind is blowing hard so that Little Hedgehog’s nest is toppled. He puts on all his winter clothes and heads to Badger’s warmer home. Along the way, he meets other animal friends who are shivering in the terribly frigid wind. In his generosity, Little Hedgehog gives his mittens, hat, and scarf to his cold friends. When he reaches Badger’s place, he is covered in ice. Badger greets him, warms him, and listens to his story. After the storm, Little Hedgehog returns to his home with little hope for recovering it. He is surprised to find his home rebuilt, stronger and cozier than ever, by the friends who benefited from his generosity.

Hanna’s Comments: Sometimes stories for the youngest children have such mature meaning and relate directly to the scriptures. This is not just a story of generosity and the payback that sometimes comes. It is also about a community coming together to help others endure and then recover after a storm.

Want a similar but more comical story for older children? Check out The Spiffiest Giant in Town by Donaldson & Scheffler. In this book, a giant buys new clothes and then begins giving them away.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Good Books, 2006

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

# of Pages: 28

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: Audio CD, There are amateur videos on

PBT Category: Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: body of Christ, caring/tending, clothes/shoes, comfort, community, difficulties, fruit/fruit of the Spirit, generosity/giving/offering/stewardship, God’s care/providence, God’s nature, goodness, gratitude/thanksgiving, helping, heroes, home, homelessness, humility, image of God, intercession, journeys/migrations/pilgrimages/quests, kindness, kingdom of God/reign of God, love, manna, neighbors, neighborhood, nurturing, outreach, perseverance, possessions, poverty, righteousness, risking, sacrifice, safe place/sanctuary, security, sharing, snow, storms, tragedy, unity, weather

Scripture Connections: If anyone wants your coat, give your cloak as well (Matthew 5:40); just as you did it to one of the least of these (Matthew 25:40)

Idea(s) for Application: Besides encouraging a conversation about generosity and outreach, this book could serve as a useful tool for children who are recuperating from a disaster. After a disaster, talking about what has happened to your family, members of your family of faith, or others in your community can be very healing and motivating.

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