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Summertime with Snowman Paul

Paul is not your typical snowman; rather, he is alive and does not melt away with the winter snow. So, Paul stays with his friends year-round and participates in all their fun activities. However, summer is more challenging; a snowman does not do well even if he doesn’t melt away. So, his friend Dan comes up with a plan to help Paul survive summer and have fun too. But, can Dan’s plan really work and save summertime for Paul?

Summertime with Snowman Paul, written by Yossi Lapid, is a fun and entertaining picture book that preschoolers and kindergarten readers will enjoy. The full-page colorful and whimsical illustrations are done by Joanna Pasek. Kids will enjoy seeing popular summer activities in the book and will be able to understand why Paul is so sad to be missing out on them.

What I really love about this children’s book is the imaginative character of Paul. Kids are used to seeing other pop culture snowmen, but Paul is different, and I feel more relatable. Dan’s compassion for his friend Paul is also a wonderful message for children to read about. They learn how important it is to help out your friends and that not everyone has to enjoy the same activities to be friends. While Dan and his friends want summer by swimming and going to the beach, it just does not work for Paul. So instead of leaving him behind, Dan problem solves a way to make him comfortable and help him enjoy summer with his friends. The world needs more friends like Dan.

Summertime with Snowman Paul is a magical picture book that will have children and adults laughing and enjoying the antics of a snowman trying to find a way to enjoy the summer heat. Along the way, children learn a valuable lesson about compassion and friendship.

ASIN: B0B1HJ46YW

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Wilbur’s New Home

Wilbur’s New Home: A Surprise for Wilbur, written by author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is an engaging picture book for toddler and preschool-age children. Wilbur the tractor is getting older, and working on Farmer Jim’s land is getting to be too much for him. Jim is worried about Wilbur and wants him to go to a new home where he won’t have to work so hard and be with people who will love and appreciate him. Jim is more than Wilbur’s owner; he is Wilbur’s best friend. After meeting several people that were not a good fit, Wilbur is afraid to leave Jim. Jim, however, reassures him, washing his wheels, covering him with his favorite blanket, and telling him that he would not let him go somewhere he did not want to go.

This heartwarming story teaches children about friendship, patience, trust, and openness to change and new things in life. Wilbur is happy with Jim but trusts Jim when he says he needs to go to a home where he can still be helpful but not overworked. Change is hard, and Wilbur is anxious as new people come to meet him, especially when they are unkind. Change is hard for many people, especially children. This exceptional book shows children that it is ok to be worried, it is normal, and finding ways to deal with strong emotions is key. Wilber uses his blanket not just to stay warm but for the comfort of something familiar. Jim makes sure to reassure Wilber that the owner will know what he needs to be comfortable in his new home. He also promises to visit him and make sure things are going well. The author includes at the end a list of quiz questions to open up discussions with children on these important topics.

Illustrators Wanda L. Urabazo and Holly Humphrys-Bajaj use strong colors and bold lines to portray the excitement and emotions of the characters. Their creative portrayals will engage children as they listen to this meaningful story.

Wilbur’s New Home: A Surprise for Wilbur is a feel-good picture book for preschoolers and young children that introduces challenging topics in an age-appropriate manner. This is an excellent resource for teachers, parents, and caregivers looking for a fun and lighthearted way to introduce the concept of friendship and change.

Pages: 53 | ASIN : ‎ B09N9YZJBD

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