Sunday Morning For the Kids #AWarmFriendship #TempleGrandin

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Good Morning! Each Sunday Morning, okay some Sunday mornings, I like to share with you some wonderful kids’ books that I’ve read the previous weeks. These are books that meet my very high standards. Naaahh, I like books with pretty pictures, that teach a lesson or don’t put me to sleep. I share them with a kid or two and if they agree then I share them with you. I don’t get overly picky because kids aren’t – or shouldn’t be – overly picky about what makes them happy.

A WARM FRIENDSHIP – by EllenDeLange, Illustrations by Jacqueline Molnar

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The creatures in the forest have made a friend with Mr. Snowman but he is very cold and shivering. They decide to bring him scarves to keep him warm but, of course, soon he is too warm and begins to melt. The animals are so sad that that they have lost their friend but they are reminded that they always will have the joy and memory of their friend with them forever.

This is a very short story, brilliantly illustrated and beautifully written about friendship, caring, empathy and, ultimately, loss. These are emotions that young children often struggle with understanding and to see it illustrated in this book so basically is just wonderful. I shared it with two children who were 5 years old and it was perfect for them. They easily grasped the concept of losing a loved one but holding on the joy you are left with. I think this book is perfect for a family bookshelf.

TEMPLE GRANDIN by Rachel Castro

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This is part of a new series of STEM Superstars. Hopefully you are aware that the STEM program is one that is in the US public schools to encourage Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. The fact that they began the series with one of the greatest human minds in recent history is amazing – Temple Grandin. You see, Grandin is profoundly autistic. Her mother never gave up hope that her child could learn, was brilliant and would be able to contribute to society and, wow, was she ever correct! Temple Grandin revolutionized the way in which modern agriculture operated. She now is a THE leading spokesperson on Autism, teaching children with Autism, and an expert on all that we now refer to as “the spectrum.” As a mother of an adult son who is on the spectrum who is a leading performer with Cirque du Soleil, Temple Grandin is my hero!

Yes, as critics have pointed out, there are other books that offer more information about Temple Grandin, including her own. This book is for younger students, most likely Middle School students, who are interested in the STEM program. Hopefully it will interest students who are on the spectrum themselves and GIRLS who will be interested in the STEM program. Sadly my town’s STEM program is all male – not what it was meant to be.

If you have a younger, middle school aged child or are the parent of a child who has been diagnosed on the spectrum, I highly recommend this book. If you are a teacher in these fields or a homeschool teacher, please get this STEM series in the hands of your students.

 

3 thoughts on “Sunday Morning For the Kids #AWarmFriendship #TempleGrandin

  1. Mackay, two terrific books for children this Sunday morning. ‘A Warm Friendship’ looks adorable, so beautiful with an important message for all … a must for everyone’s bookshelf! I haven’t heard about Temple Grandin but I am intrigued and look forward to learning more!

    Have a wonderful and relaxing Sunday … filled with the delights of reading!😀

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    1. Oh wow – Temple Grandin is utterly amazing. I had the honor of hearing her speak last autumn and it is something I never will forget. I first learned of her when we began homeschooling our kids. My youngest was on the spectrum and I was researching anything I could find on the subject. Her name kept coming up over and over. The more I read, the more I was astounded at this incredible woman. She has her own book but there are multiple ones out there. There also is a very well made movie about her life. I simply don’t have enough words to describe my appreciation and admiration for her.

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  2. We really enjoyed A Warm Friendship, nice review there. I just downloaded Temple Grandin. My grandson is on the spectrum, he is also very interested in everything to do with science. I will have to read it to him when I get back home. It sure sounds like a wonderful little book.

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