Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
Even the Differences in Animals Makes for a World That All Can Share
Life Lesson from the Animals That We Can All Use
P. Crumble's We Are All Equal has a lesson that we can share with our children in this time that we are living in. There are so many issues that are dividing us now. Differences are being magnified in our society every day now. Crumble uses animals to demonstrate that we are all different in a variety of ways, but these differences do not make anyone better than another.
The jungle is home to many different types of animals. Pandas, monkeys. snakes, and huge elephants share the same environment. Penguins live in a different type of environment in ice-covered areas of our world. The environment that each lives in is different, but these differences do not make one type of animal better than another. It doesn't matter about size. The smallest turtle is just as important as the huge brown bear. Each animal acknowledges its differences with other animals. But in the end, all of the animals feel that they are equal in value.
Jonathan Bentley contributed his talent as an illustrator with his large and colorful illustrations of the different types of animals that we have in our world. Each page is filled with a delightful illustration of an animal. The colors of nature are present in each illustration.
Crumble writes with delightful rhymes and concepts that each animal is valuable in its own right. He includes the concept that bullying is not the way to belong in our world. Each animal has its own hopes and dreams and has the right to live in our world.
We Are All Equal was published by Penguin/Random House/Penguin Young Readers and is recommended for ages 3-7. It has an ISBN of 9780593202555,
Delightful and Colorful Illustrations Convey the Important Message That All Are Equal
Bring We Are All Equal Into Your Classroom for Life Lessons and Fun Activities
Picture books were always my go-to tool for teaching a variety of concepts in my early childhood and elementary classrooms. P. Crumble's We are All Equal offers a wealth of ideas for teachers to incorporate into their curriculum.
*Read We Are All Equal in your story time session. Call attention to the variety of animals in this fun picture book.
*Call attention to the variety of sizes that animals come in. Which ones are the largest? Which ones are the smallest? Introduce the concept from the story that it does not matter about size. Bigger does not make one animal better than the other.
*Take height measurements of the children in your classroom. Do the children believe that bigger is better? Do the children believe that being tall is better than one of their classmates who might be short? Engage children in a discussion that everyone is different but that everyone is equal in importance.
*Call attention to the ox and the owl. The ox is stronger than the owl, but that does not make bullying acceptable. All differences should be accepted.
*Offer a creative writing activity for children to write about their favorite animal form the story. Why is the animal their favorite? What makes the animal different from the others in the story? Engage the children in a discussion to contribute their ideas for the teacher to write if your students are not yet writing.
*Divide children into pairs of two. Have each child draw a picture of the other and include differences in appearance from their own appearance.
*Create a class graph of favorite activities that each child participates in. Does everyone have different interests? Our differences make us more interesting and all are still equal in importance. Call attention to the panda and the monkey from the picture book. Each spends its days in a different way.
*Engage the children in a discussion of how they can get along with someone who is different from them.
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