Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 290

 Terrific Trio: Book 1

Picture Book: Sorry

Author: Norbert Landa

Illustrator: Tim Warnes

Summary: Bear and Rabbit live together in a Bear-Rabbit house which is designed well for both of them. The two best friends get along very well until one day when they spy something shiny in their yard. When they go to investigate it, they discover a large reflective silver piece (a portion of a Mylar balloon). Bear picks it up and is pleased to see his fluffy bear ears, but when Rabbit looks at the shiny thing, he doesn't see bear. Instead he sees a picture of himself with long ears. An argument begins then ends with the friends tearing the shiny piece in two. At once, they storm off with their half of the treasure. Rabbit goes home, and Bear goes to their tree house. That night they begin missing each other so they grab their half of the shiny piece and prepare to give it to their best friend. Upon meeting at the door, they say that they are sorry and give up their shiny pieces. Together they lean over and look at the 2 shiny pieces together and see a picture of both of them which they immediately proclaim to be perfect!

Hanna’s Comments: This is the first in a PBT Terrific Trio in which there will be 3 picture books with the same title. This book for young children would be a great tool for helping them begin to understand the concept of different perspectives and the importance of sharing because of the joy it can bring. Considering the perspective of another is an essential way to learn to have empathy, a crucial skill for those of us in the Abrahamic faiths for we have been instructed to “love others as we love ourselves.”

Original Publisher & Date of Publication: Good Books, 2009

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

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: None at present

PBT Category: Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book connects with: affection, anger, belonging, companionship, confession, conflict, exile/separation, friends/friendship, greed/selfishness, guilt, loneliness, possessions, presence, reflection, regret/repentance, relationships, renewal/restoration

Scripture Connections: Love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18); repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out (Acts 3:19); for all have sinned (Romans 3:23)

Idea(s) for Application: Read this book to young children who are struggling with sharing and understanding others’ points of view. Help them see how pride in the reflection the animals saw in the balloon, led the characters to be self-centered and separated.

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