WHAT COOKIE BOY LEARNED FROM JAN'S BOOKS:
Wild Christmas Reindeer-Teeka must learn how to be patient before the reindeer line
up to pull Santa's sled. Group discussion may lead into helping students understand how
important it is to work with others in a kind and gentle way. Students will begin to learn
that what behavior is received from others is directly related to what behavior they first
give to others.
Christmas Trolls-Treva teaches the
greedy trolls that stealing is undesirable behavior. She helps the Trolls understand the
personal satisfaction and joy of sharing. Direct a group discussion centered on ways to
make others happy.
Trouble with Trolls-The trolls take
Treva's dog, Tuffi. Trolls take things they want, but do not belong to them, which is
stealing. Treva has a unique way of getting Tuffi back, but her good fortune to trick dim
trolls is very different from what happens when an item is taken in the classroom or from
a store. Building a group discussion relating to the consequences for taking things and
compare this with the effects of what happened to the trolls.
Fritz and the Beautiful Horese-Fritz,
is rejected because he does not look or do the same things the more honored and beautiful
horses of the village are able to do. However, when there is a special need to save the
children of the village, Fritz is the hero. The character building quality of this book is
to help children understand that every individual has unique talents. These qualities in
individual are important and require respect even if they are not the athletic or sports
hero image. Beauty of character is build on the inside and may not show on the outside.
Every individual must strive to achieve and build the talents that are unique to their
person. The eight learning styles directly as a topic for discussion. Individual student
may wish to contribute examples of their interests and help them find their unique styles.
The First Dog-Kip is self-centered
boy. Paleowolf, a wolf, teaches Kip love and devotion. In the process, Kip learns how to
share and Paleowolf becomes the first dog.
Berlioz-Pitching in and helping is
a character building quality. Teaching the students the need for community and group
cooperation will help make a good neighbor and win friendship. This book will stimulate
understanding of how cooperative community citizenship will achieve an impossible task.
Annie and the Wild Animals-Loneliness
and finding ways to concur it will lead a discussion about friendship found by owning a
Owl and the Pussycat-Finding a
friend and devotion to that friend will lead a discussion about dedication and commitment.
Comet's Nine Lives-Friendship and
the feeling of security are the quests of this very clumsy cat. The students will discover
how important finding a place to call home for Comet is equally important for them.
Building friendship and family brings security and love for Comet and is a powerful
example for young learners.
Armadillo Rodeo-Obedience and
listening are qualities the little nearsighted armadillo could learn. Relate how these
qualities are necessary for a good character.
Town Mouse Country Mouse-Envy can
only lead to unhappiness. Where home is, find ways to be happy.
Twelve Days of Christmas-The
boarder illustrations teach the joy of giving and building tradition.
The Mitten-Nicki's mitten becomes a
tool to teach cooperation.
The Hat-If you find yourself in a
situation that is difficult to change, make the best of it.