Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
No Could Be a Yes for Another Day
There is Always Tomorrow
Every parent must cope with the problem of having to say "no" to their toddler or preschooler and the tantrums that inevitably come when that dreaded word is said. Elisabetta Pica's adorable picture book I Want Ice Cream is a funny and creatively illustrated picture book for toddlers and preschoolers with a lesson that a "no" on one day might turn into a "yes" if one waits until tomorrow.
A young child asks for ice cream and is told the dreaded word "no". There is hope and there is possibly a "maybe" for "yes". The second request for ice cream brings again the dreaded "no". Then the answer from the child that every parent has coped with is the dreaded phrase "it's not fair!" Everyone else is getting ice cream and it is not fair that the young child is not getting their ice cream. The tears are beginning and then there is the familiar outburst of a full blown screaming tantrum when the answer is still "no". In between the "it's not fair" and the screams, the pout is seen with the attitude that the child is refusing to talk to you.
Silvia Borando contributed her talents as an illustrator with hilarious and creatively done illustrations in colors that match the behaviors when the young child is told "NO". She starts with simple black and white illustrations. The possibility of a "YES" is colorfully printed on a bright yellow page. "It's not fair" is printed on a green background to illustrate jealousy that everyone else is getting ice cream. Tears come with a blue background. Bright red comes with the huge tantrum and screaming. The text is appropriately written in large letters for a very dramatic reading when the tantrum is happening.
Pica's picture book and story ends with the hope that there is always tomorrow. The "NO" has the possibility of being "YES" when tomorrow comes.
I Want Ice Cream was published by Rise Penguin Workshop, a division of Penguin/Random House and is recommended for ages 2-5. It has an ISBN of 978-0-593-38265-3.
Hilarious and Creative Illustrations for Telling the Story
The Word "No" Can Be Used And Accepted With the Hope for Yes Tomorrow
Picture books and stories can be used with toddlers and preschoolers to teach a variety of concepts. Parents and teachers who teach in early childhood classrooms have the opportunity to use this creative picture book and story when a skill such as learning to accept "NO" is needed to be learned.
*Read I Want Ice Cream in a story time session. Call attention to the request for ice cream and the fact that the parent is saying "no". Engage your young preschooler in a discussion of what they have asked for and their parents have said "NO".
*Engage your preschooler in a discussion of how they feel when they are told the dreaded word "NO".
*Provide drawing paper, crayons, and markers for children to draw an item or situation that they have requested and their parents said "NO'. Call attention to the illustrations from the book with the facial expressions when the child is reacting to the word "NO". Encourage the children to use the same facial expressions in their drawings.
*Use the illustrated texts with large print for dramatic reading. Young readers will find the dramatic reading to be funny. Laughing together can make the word "NO" somewhat acceptable.
*Engage your child in a discussion of one of their requests that they might anticipate a "YES" for in the future. Talk about the concept of "tomorrow". The lesson of accepting "NO" for one day and the possibility of a "YES" for tomorrow makes hearing this dreaded word a bit more acceptable to young children.
*Go out for ice cream with your child after reading this hilarious and useful picture book and story.
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