While browsing in Barnes and Noble last week, I happened upon this wonderful book entitled Peanut Butter & Cupcake by Terry Border. It was a bargain at $7.99. I love books that are fun to look at, easy to listen to and have the potential to teach. This book is all of those. The illustrations are colorful photographs and the text has repetition a little bit a rhyme which encourages comprehension and prediction.
Peanut Butter is new in town. He has a new soccer ball, but no one to play with. He is good at balancing the ball on his head, but not so good at kicking it with his feet. He asks Cupcake, Meatball, Hamburger, French Fries and others to play with him, but all have other things to do. He is discouraged and about to give up because “making new friends is hard” when he happens upon Jelly. Jelly says that she would love to be Peanut Butter’s friend. She also asks him him to teach her how to balance a ball on her head. She’s not so good at that. She is only good at kicking it with her feet.
All the other kids in town see Peanut Butter and Jelly having so much fun, that they decide to join in the play too!
Lessons learned (taught in social skills group):
- Everyone is good at some things and not so good at other things. Friends can teach each other and learn from each other.
- When something is hard, you have to keep trying. You may get discouraged, but take a break, then keep on trying!
- Characteristics of a good friend and a not so good friend.
- Ways to respond when someone asks you to play (appropriate and inappropriate).
So, if you looking for a way to explore friendships or tenacity; or if you just want to enjoy a fun book, find a copy of Peanut Butter and Cupcake and get to know Peanut Butter and his new friends!