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Robert Munsch
I love Robert Munsch books, in large part because they grab kids attention. I have had so many students who were circle time fidgets freeze, listen and enjoy story time when it was one of this author’s books. The way that some authors get kids emotions, Robert Munsch simply gets kids, he understands what will keep their attention , and more so what will make them laugh. I have reviewed many of Munsch’s works below are my favorites.

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch is perhaps the classic tear jerking picture book. I read this for years and years to children and had no problem getting choked up, it never bothered me, then I gave birth and I can’t read it without sobbing. The premise is simple, a mom sings this simple song to her son as he grows ” I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as you’re living , my baby you’ll be.” until she can’t sing it anymore and it’s his turn. For days after I read this I tear up as I lay my son in his crib.

Makeup Mess by Robert Munsch . After seeing my son covered in paint this book immediately came to mind. It’s a fun and silly story all about Julie’s desire for make up , she uses all her money and buys $100 worth! Now I do not like to see little girls encouraged to wear make up or made to feel they need it to be beautiful, but don’t worry that is not what this book is about, quite the opposite. It’s a fun book with a good heart!


Moira’s Birthday by Robert Munsch is a silly book, most of his books are, but silly is great! Moira is excited about having her birthday and doesn’t know how to say no to all the kids at school when they beg to come to her party. She ends up with the whole school at her house and her parents don’t know what to do! Luckily Moira does. This book at first look may seem like Moira is a spoiled brat who gets her way but really she is problem solving and when she gives away a present to each child who helps clean up, you can see she just wanted a good party, and isn’t a gift grabbing brat at all! Kids LOVE this book, I have never read it to a class that didn’t laugh hysterically.

Murmel, Murmel, Murmel is on my son’s dresser right now, it’s a current favorite. In the book a little girl finds a baby and quickly decides she needs to give it to an adult. However the adults she finds aren’t exactly suitable. My son loves doing the baby’s part saying “Murmel , murmel, murmel” as I read the rest. The message is about caring for a baby and my son repeats the line about what a baby is for ” loving and hugging and feeding and burping” which warms my heart. The baby eventually finds a loving adult and the little girl’s responsibility is paid off in a very Munsch like way.

Stephanie’s Ponytail is my favorite Munsch book. I feel a little like I am cheating on The Paper Bag Princess but I love Stephanie’s confidence. The story is about Stephanie whose friends, and even teachers start copying how she wears her ponytail. She moves if to the side, to the top of her head even right in front of her face and they keep copying her. So she outsmarts them all with shocking results. I like this book and while reading it to a class I would re-arrange my own hair to match Stephanie’s and have the class in hysterics when my ponytail ended up block my view of the book. The message though is about being your own person, a powerful one for kids today.

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch is one of my very favorite books. Some parents have shared their dislike of Elizabeth’s outburst at the end calling Ronald a bum but I think not only is it justified, he treated her horribly, but people say things when they are angry and you can easily use it to teach your child about anger. I think it’s a wonderful story about a princess taking things into her own hands and saving herself and the prince! My kind of fairytale.

Zoom! is another of my son’s favorite Munsch books. The little girl in the book is looking for a new wheelchair and isn’t satisfied until she has the fastest wheelchair she can get her hands on. What I love about this book isn’t the absurd humor ( which there is plenty of) it’s the fact that the main character being in a wheelchair is the norm. There is no long explanation about why she has a wheelchair , nothing preachy about children with disabilities. I think it’s important to have books that explain disabilities, and to learn more about them but also equally important to have books like this one that are seamlessly assimilated.

Don’t miss Robert Munsch’s awesome website
www.robertmunsch.com

Sponge Painting For Toddlers

toddler art projects
Simple but beautiful this sponge painting activity is a great choice for any age but especially fun for toddlers. My son isn’t afraid of getting paint anywhere ( or opposed to tasting it) but for kids not as eager a sponge with a long handle like this one is great for this activity.
 

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some paint ( at least 2 colors for a cool effect), a plate, paper and most importantly a fun sponge like this glass scrubber!sponge prints for toddlers
  2. Pour a few different paint colors onto a plate.sponge prints for little kids
  3. Dip your sponge in and have fun.sponge printing for toddlers My son loved this activity, possible too much!sponge paint fun
  4. Do make sure the paint you are using is non toxic, and watch carefully that they don’t bite the sponge and choke.Do not laugh at your child’s antics, it will only encourage them, as will picture taking, trust me I know!sponge painting with toddlers is fun
  5. Keep offering new paper if they are interested, my son made 3 beautiful paintings ! Also older children can wait until the paint is dry than make pictures like flowers, fish, bugs or aliens out of the prints!sponge printing