Skills Children Learn

The Crayon Box that Talked By Shane DeRolf


Back of Book:

 Quarrelsome talking crayons learn to appreciate one another when the narrator draws with them, thus showing them how each help create a bigger picture. The message of the book, to learn to appreciate rather than dislike other people’s differences, is conveyed.

My Review:

In honor of National crayon day and the retirement of the Dandelion crayon I wanted to review “The Crayon Box that Talked”. I read this book the first week of school to help show my students how to get along. I loved how the little girl in the story teaches the crayons that if they work together they can make beautiful pictures. This is a perfect message to children that everyone is unique and special.

Ages 4 and up

32 Pages 

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The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes By Mark Pett

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Back of Book: Meet Beatrice Bottomwell: a nine-year-old girl who has never (not once!) made a mistake. She never forgets her math homework, she never wears mismatched socks, and she ALWAYS wins the yearly talent show at school. In fact, Beatrice holds the record of perfection in her hometown, where she is known as The Girl Who Never Makes Mistakes. Life for Beatrice is sailing along pretty smoothly until she does the unthinkable–she makes her first mistake. And in a very public way!

My Review: I have learned that even in Kindergarten children can be perfectionists and when they don’t get something right they completely fall apart. I have to remind them that no one is perfect and that everyone makes mistakes. Beatrice is a girl who does everything perfect until one day she doesn’t. Then she realizes that it can be okay to not be perfect all the time. This is an excellent story to read to any child who thinks that they must perform perfectly at all times.

Ages 6 and up

32 pages