Monday, March 5, 2012
10 Hungry Rabbits by Anita Lobel
They're hungry and there is nothing in the pot to eat...
Alfred A Knopf sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you). It has been published and you can get a copy at your local bookstore now.
This book teaches counting and color concepts to children. Do you remember the fairy tale about stone soup? All the poor traveler had was a stone to make soup with, but he would share with everyone. By the time everyone added a little bit to the soup, it was quite tasty. This story is a bit similar. The soup pot is empty and Mama rabbit sends her children out to gather vegetables to make the soup.
As they put the vegetables in the basket, they identify the color and the quantity of what they've found in the garden. They also sit and share the soup for supper later in the story.
Here's an easy, non-stressful way to teach your child about colors and numbers. Why not take them for a walk in the park afterwards and see how many colors they identify outside? Or if you have a garden, let them help you harvest your vegetables. They might even suggest some "new" colors to you; have an open mind, OK?