Joshua's school has the great program for sharing books. It is to encourage parents to read with their kids. For a week at a time, your child receives a bag to take home containing a book and sometimes some props to accompany the story.
Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson (the author of the Gruffalo, which we really enjoy). The bag also included a real sea shell and a little toy crab.
This book is written in the sing-song rhyme style of Donaldson's other books, which is very fun and develops language skills for kids. The art work is colorful and quickly engaged my children (ages 4 and 2). But it is the story that really grabbed me.
A sad little hermit crab quickly needs a new home to protect him from the seagulls. No one will help him or share, but finally he spots an empty shell. Through no act of his own, he ends up sharing his shell with two unlikely friends - a purple anemone and a yellow bristle-worm. As they help each other through challenging situations, they learn lessons of friendship, sharing, forgiveness and peace-making.
I love this little story and the lessons it teaches kids. We had to return the book to school today, but it is one we will be investing in soon. I was even more excited about this book when I heard Joshua talking about sharing something with his sister "just like the Sharing Shell," he said. Beautiful!
Check out more wonderful books for your kids on Feed Me Books Friday, hosted by The Adventure of Motherhood.
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