Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Has the butt been neglected?
As I mentioned in my last post about learning about our bodies, I have one more body part book to share with you today, and is also a book giveaway! I received the opportunity to review The Butt Book, by Artie Bennett with you. According to the jacket, this book “pay[s] homage to an unsung body part.” So is the butt really “unsung?” If you’re a parent of a preschooler, you might think, as I did initially, that butts receive enough attention without devoting story time to them. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I got past my fear of potty humor and shared the book with B.

Funny, witty, and even admirable:
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 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!


Janey October 28, 2010 at 7:37 AM  

Looks like a cute book. I'd love to win!

Janey October 28, 2010 at 7:37 AM  

I'm entering a second time since I'm subscribed to your feed. :-)

missreneer October 28, 2010 at 10:14 AM  

I would teach my children about the importance of hands. How we can wave hello and goodbye in greeting, pat or rub someone's back for comfort. How some people speak with their hands and how I first held them in my arms and used the strength of my hands. Thanks for the great giveaway. I know this book is something we would love :)

mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

missreneer October 28, 2010 at 10:17 AM  

I follow your blog with GFC.
Username: missreneer :)

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annc999 October 28, 2010 at 6:19 PM  

I wanna win for my nephew. He would LOVE the Butt book.

Brimful Curiosities October 29, 2010 at 6:54 AM  

While it is not exactly a body part, I just finished discussing blood with my kids. We are recovering from some particularly annoying colds and I wanted to talk about white blood cells and how they fight infection.

Heather October 29, 2010 at 12:51 PM  

Butts are a big topic around here with my kiddos :) they induce lots of laughter! They would adore this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

Heather October 29, 2010 at 12:52 PM  

Blog follower through GFC!

heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

Kristie October 29, 2010 at 1:54 PM  

Sounds like a fun book. My daughter is actually learning about her body (things like eye color and stuff) in Preschool. I'm sure she'd really like this!

khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Danielle a.k.a Yellie October 29, 2010 at 2:35 PM  

With 3 boys in our house, I am guessing this book would be a big hit. I would love to win! Thank you for the chance!


Danielle a.k.a Yellie October 29, 2010 at 2:35 PM  

I follow your blog via google friend connect!


Karen October 29, 2010 at 7:18 PM  

I'd loved to win for my nephew. I bought him one about snot and boogers. His parents love me. November 1, 2010 at 3:47 PM  

Sounds like a book for the 4 year old class! I will preview it even if I don't win it. Thanks for visiting Hope you have had a chance to tryout the pumpkin muffins. We used them at a birthday/Hallloween party last night. They were a huge hit with young and old. Pretty healthy too.

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