The arrival of a new book creates enthusiasm that compares to Christmas morning in our house. The boys were recently introduced to one new title that has quickly become the household favorite and is currently on repeat each night. You might be surprised to learn that two boys have fallen in love with a book titled "A Unicorn Named Sparkle" but that is exactly what has happened this past week. With a delicate yet captivating cover, the boys immediately began commenting on the colors, images, and even shouted "Mommy, there are sparkles on the letters!"
Like each of our reading sessions we first explored this new book with a picture walk. The boys were immediately fascinated by the illustrations and layout. Their imaginations ran wild with ideas on what might happen in this story and questions such as "why would you dress up an animal?" prompted conversation about how they might dress up our dog. The images provided enough detail for the boys to make thoughtful predictions which included, after careful consideration of her facial expressions and body language, ideas of how Lucy might be feeling throughout the story. We often use story characters to approach conversation about feelings and Lucy provided a lot of opportunity for such discourse as an incredibly charismatic subject.
Lucy is a lovable character and my boys related to her creative and sensitive nature. Tt was easy for the boys to empathize with Lucy's enthusiasm, excitement, and frustration as we learned about her wishes for a unicorn and the challenges she faced when something different from what she expected arrived. After the very first reading Lucy was a new favorite amongst our long list of story characters. The boys were equally enamored with Sparkle, falling in love with his quirkiness and sensitive side. One of the more impressionable moments was a page that described Sparkle's fear of storms, something both boys experience firsthand.
Reading this story of unexpected friendship has opened up the opportunity to discuss acceptance, patience, kindness, love, and what it means to care for someone else. We reread many books, but not all of them allow for so many different conversations. It is as though with each reading the boys get to know Lucy a little better and they become more connected with the story. I find them giggling at Sparkle's actions and antics and connecting with Lucy's expectations for her new friend. Even after reading the story a handful of times they still become concerned at the thought of Lucy and Sparkle being separated despite knowing the end of the story.
Sparkle is likely to remain on the top 10 list in our house for quite some time. I am not sure whether the boys are more enamored with Lucy or Sparkle at this point. Either way we are grateful to have met both of these characters!
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views expressed are those of my own and I will not receive any compensation from
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ABOUT CHRISSY K
I am mom to three boys (one with several life-threatening food allergies) who will never own too many picture books or create Pinterest-worthy snacks. Simply Chrissy K is a place to find helpful tips on parenting that stem from my work with families as an educational consultant and parenting coach.
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