Are you looking for picture books that will help teach your child the concept of hard work and generosity? It is tough for many children to appreciate and understand the concept of hard work, especially at a young age. However, these books begin to help a child understand these very important concepts that can be valuable for many years to come. As a young child, I appreciated what my parents gave me, but it wasn’t until I got older and started working that I truly understand the hard work that both of my parents underwent in order to give the life that my brother and I had. Teaching a child the difference between need and want is tough but with these three books, a child will begin to understand this very important concept.
Mama, I’ll Give You The World is written by one of my favorite authors, Roni Schotter. Not only is Roni an amazing author, but she also a wonderful person. Through my experience with this blog I have met some wonderful people, Roni Schotter included. Mama, I’ll Give you The World is one of my daughter’s favorite books. She carried this book around for a good week or two and even traveled with it. What she loved most about this book is the connection that the little girl had with her mother. Given that my daughter and I are really close, she was able to connect with the young character in the book named Luisa.
Luisa’s mother worked at Walter’s World of Beauty long hours day after day. Luisa spent a lot of time there helping her mother and the customers. Luisa saw a picture of her mother dancing at her work station and wanted to bring that moment back for her mother by planning a surpirse party. My favorite quote of the book is, “Everyone in the world is a flower. Together we make a bouquet”. This book teaches a child the value of hard work but also the strong bond that daughter and mother share which is unbreakable. A beautiful book that should be part of anyone’s library.
A Chair for My Mother is a powerful story of a family that struggles after their apartment has been ruined by a fire. The book is written from the perspective of the young child whose mother works as a waitress at the Blue Tile Diner. After losing all of their valuables and furniture in the fire, the family of a child, mother and grandmother move into another apartment near their family members. The apartment feels empty because they have no furniture. When they move into their new apartment, their neighbors provide them dinner and give them furniture which also teaches children a valuable lesson. In hard times, we need to be generous and help our neighbors and friends. Often in many neighborhoods, we live side by side but never talk or connect. It can be a very sad situation in that way. However, in this book it shows the value and bond that a community can have for each other which is a precious thing.
The family works hard to make enough money to buy a new chair for their new apartment. Mama comes home every day from her job with her tips (sometime small, sometimes more) and fills the large jar at the apartment. When the jar is full, the family gets the chair they always wanted. A velvet chair with roses. A beautiful story that is timeless and can teach lessons that both children and parents can both benefit from.
Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts is a story that will help teach a child the difference between “need’ and “want”. Those Shoes is about a young boy who longs for the sneakers that all of his classmates have, a pair of black high tops with a white strip. His old shoes have ripped and he has to wear shoes that a teacher has provided for him which he is embarrassed over. All of his classmates make fun of him except for one boy named Antonio.
His grandmother agrees to go to the shoe store to see if she can afford to buy the shoes he would like. Unfortunately, the price is too high and they have to search for the shoes in thrift stores. They do find the shoes but they are too small! The young boy decides that he will buy the shoes with his hard earned money and pray that they stretch. The shoes do not stretch and he is very disappointed. At the end of the story, the boy decides to give his black high top sneakers to his friend, Antonio who was the only boy who has been a true friend to him. Those Shoes is about learning the difference between a “want” and “need” and the value of a dollar. More importantly it teaches a child the value of giving, generosity and friendship.
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