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John Burningham Friday 12-18-2015

Can a children’s book REALLY help an adult?
Mr. Gumpy's Outing
by John Burningham
Mr. Gumpy is going to take his boat out for a ride, but many people and animals ask to go along. This is fine with him, as long as they follow his instruction about how to behave. They do great for a little while, but what do you think happens when they get restless out in the middle of the water?
You are probably right!
However, like most things, it’s all what you make of it. Mr Gumpy is a wonderful role model! He is open to sharing his life and making the best of any situation. John Burningham’s art is rarely the same in any of his books. He uses rich and unusual textures and techniques. Look up as many of his works as you can!
This Week's Fav!
by John Burningham
What parent of preschoolers doesn’t need another great bedtime story?
With this one the parent may get lulled to sleep too! The word “Hushabye” ends each phrase and it begs you to whisper the entire book. This book is filled with lovely two to three sentence stories of various living creatures needing to rest for the night after a busy day. Goodnight.
Creative Interactions!
The Adventures of a Goose with No Feathers
by John Burningham
What a wonderful character building story! (Your children won’t notice though)
Poor Borka is different from the other geese and doesn’t fit in. Doctors and parents try to help, but nothing works until a dog wants to be a friend. The dog always wanted a goose for a friend, but he is allergic to feathers! How wonderful that Borka is featherless!
Finally a friend! That’s all Borka needed!
A enjoyable activity to go along with this book would be to look on the internet for funny/ interesting animals. Here is a Pinterest page for interesting and different animals:
Read, look, laugh and discuss the appearance of the creatures Talk about the positives and negatives of being different. Ask your child if they know anyone that seems different from them? Let your child know that different is not better or worse, it’s just different.
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