Friday, January 16, 2015

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 272


Picture Book: You are Not My Friend, But I Miss You

Author & Illustrator: Daniel Kirk

Summary: This delightful story begins with a sock monkey being very upset because his friend, a plush toy dog, has taken sock monkey’s red ball and won’t share it. He declares, “You are not my friend! Friends are supposed to share.” He sneakily gets the ball back, but he finds that finding a new friend to enjoy his ball is not so easy nor is it fun to play ball by himself. As he begins missing his friend, he remembers that he didn’t share the ball either so he invites the toy dog to play again. As they share the ball, their friendship is revived and all is forgiven.

Hanna’s Comments: For very young children, the issue of sharing toys is crucial. While playing, toys are their world. The ability to take another’s point of view is still very immature, but it is growing so conversations about others' perspectives are important. Encouraging sharing, considering another’s perspective, and forgiving selfishness are all important lessons for all members of faith communities where those values are foundational to their Holy Scriptures.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Abrams Books, 2014

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

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: Tablet

PBT Category: Fresh off the Press

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: acceptance, anger, conflict, cooperation, forgiveness/mercy/redemption, friends/friendship, golden rule, greed/selfishness, judgment/judges/judging, perspective, play, possessions, self-reflection, regret/repentance, sharing, sin

Scripture Connections: You shall not steal. (Exodus 20:15); if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will God forgive your trespasses (Matthew 6:15); why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not see the log that is in your own eye (Matthew 7:3)

Idea(s) for Application: Read this book to a group of children who are learning about forgiveness and generosity or to refrain from judging and stealing.