Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Bennett’s rhymes are clever and bold, graphic illustrations by Mike Lester add to the humor. This book is the opposite of the disruptive child at story-hour whispering something about somebody’s underpants. The premise is that the butt has been unfairly excluded from lessons and celebrations of our body, and the argument is convincing! The book begins with a presentation of the facts: butts come in many shapes and sizes and have a variety of linguistic and affectionate nicknames. Bennett goes on to point out some notable animal butts (large, small, and specialized). Which leads to the key message: “butts are vital body parts.” As the book describes, they are important for sitting, dancing, swinging, and riding. Rest assured, potty-humor is non-existent; however it is noted that the butt is necessary for proper use of a toilet seat. I appreciate Bennett’s honest and straightforward presentation of the butt; it is fun without slapstick and even includes some interesting facts and useful reminders!
A good match, after all…
I admit, I was initially unsure whether The Butt Book would be a good fit for Little Sprout Books. As much fun as it sounded, could I really pitch a book about butts as developmentally appropriate? After a thoughtful reading I found there is much to love about The Butt Book, and I am thrilled to “get behind it,” as Bennett puns. It’s sure to entertain preschoolers right up through elementary students. Even my middle school classes would have giggled at this one! Delightfully, it’s also a fun way to demonstrate that it is possible to talk about butts (and other body parts) in socially appropriate and respectful ways!
I have one copy of The Butt Book to share with a Little Sprout Books reader. How to enter:
1. Leave a comment to tell me what body part you’d teach your child the unsung virtues of. (or just say “I wanna win!”)
2. Follow and/or subscribe to Little Sprout Books via Google Friend Connect, RSS, Facebook, or email and leave a second comment to say so. If you’re already a follower/subscriber, thank you, leave yourself a second entry! If you follow/subscribe multiple ways, I appreciate it, but I’m limiting entries to two.
Contest is open to US residents only, and will close at midnight Wednesday, November 3, 2010. Winner will be selected using random.org and notified by email, so be sure to leave your contact info info if you don't use blogger/google profile! I received 2 copies of The Butt Book for my review/giveaway. I was not otherwise compensated in any way and my opinions are my own.
I’ll be sharing some favorite Halloween Books this week for Feed Me Books Friday – there’s a shortage of good ones for little kids in my opinion, so if you have a suggestion, come link up!