Thursday, April 7, 2011

Thursday Book Review-city dog, country frog

I started a new group at school. It is a friendship group. We have a lot of students that are new or just don't appear to have many if any friends. So as a counselor I started a group where we have fun and play games and talk about friendship. And I included some of the leaders in the school. They are all 10th and 11th grader so that next year when the students come back to school there will be someone to say hello to in the halls.

Next week we are having a discussion about  the stages of friendships and what makes a good friend at each stage and what kind of friends fit each stage of our lives.

Something I like to do is read a children's book to the students. I love the books and the students love being read to and it always starts a great discussion.

This week we are reading this book

and can I just say that I love, love, love this book!

In spring, when City Dog runs free in the country for the first time, he spots Country Frog sitting on a rock, waiting for a friend. "You'll do," Frog says, and together they play Country Frog games. In summer, they meet again and play City Dog games. Through the seasons, whenever City Dog visits the country he runs straight for Country Frog's rock. In winter, things change for City Dog and Country Frog. Come spring, friendship blooms again, a little different this time. Mo Willems' spare, poignant text and Jon J Muth's expressive watercolors team up to present a reflection on the natural course of friendship--and life--that will resonate with readers of all ages. (review from here)

By Mo Willems - Hyperion Books for Children (2010) - Hardback - 64 pages - ISBN 1423103009

The illustrations are amazing and the text, while simple, is poignant and speaks volums and lends itself well to discussions of friendship with any age.


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