Saturday, July 11, 2009
Think... Then Jump
Dana L. Perri is a student from my yoga class. She is also a picture book author. She gave me a book to share with you. It is the first in her series called Think... Then Jump. The series follows Rana the Frog, and the purpose of the stories is to help Rana learn some life lessons about thinking before jumping into action.
The first book is called The Grumpy Frog. Rana the Frog is wakened early by the birds singing and grumpily tells them to be quiet. His quick angry response does not help the situation. Along comes Lulu the Bird, who helps him learn to stop and think. Rana learns a lesson about being grumpy.
I was happy that Lulu also learned a lesson. It shows that those who teach us also still have room to grow. There are discussion questions at the end of the book to share with children to further help them understand the message of the book. I tested these out on Sierra. Sierra liked the story and was only slightly confused about the last question. This is good, because it gave us something to discuss!
We loved the simple rhyming story, and the bright illustrations energized each page. Dana was nice enough to give Sierra a t-shirt for the Think... Then Jump series. I think she wore it for two days in a row, she liked it so much! If you would like to read more about the series or pick up a copy, visit the website by clicking on the picture or the link above.