With a seven year old girl and a four year old boy, we are always looking for good new character books, especially one that they can enjoy together. One of our favorites that we've found is the Howard B. Wigglebottom series, which my daughter and son truly enjoy reading together.
Howard, a young rabbit, is the hero, and he's always finding himself in some tricky situations. In the end, Howard always manages to do the right thing and readers (typically 4-8 year olds) benefit from his character building escapades. At the end of each book, there are 2 pages devoted to reflections and lessons, which allow for easy adaptation of this book to the classroom.
In Howard B. Wigglebotton Blends in Like Chameleons:, Howard finds himself in the middle of a wild game of hide and seek, as new student Joey loses the chameleons he brought to school in order to help win over his new classmates. Howard learns a lot about chameleons, but he learns even more about himself and his new pal Joey. Joey was having a hard time adjusting to a new school and wasn't blending in - instead he was sticking out. By the end of their adventure they both learned a lot about how to make friends, treat others with respect,
My daughter Riley, 7, thought this book was great and loved all the pictures of the chameleons playing hide and seek. She and Jacob (4) had a bit of a race to find the chameleons on each page. Riley also liked how the book depicted a student going to a new school, and the difficulties that may exist while trying to fit in, as she switched schools this past year. Jacob is switching in the upcoming year, so she took the opportunity to tell him how to make friends easily.
The We Do Listen Foundation has generously offered to giveaway one copy of this wonderful book (or another Wigglebottom selection) to a lucky Kleinspiration reader. The We Do Listen Foundation is a non-profit organization geared towards making kids feel better about themselves. Their website includes other books in the Howard B Wigglebottom series, as well as some online activities.