The back cover is utilised to teach teachers and parents about the essential elements of a children’s story book: characters, a problem, a solution, a message and good illustrations. We also explain that a well illustrated children’s story book tells the reader a lot about the emotions being experienced by the characters! This provides a great opportunity for discussion.
The teachers/parents also learn about repeated text and rhyme, and how books are ideal resources for themes. Story books can also be used to introduce virtues to young children.
Banu has a big problem… how to save the little lamb who has fallen down the cliff. A group of sheep work together to find a solution
Once you have read a story book for the pleasure, you use it for other educational activities. It can be used for topics such as colours, themes, emotions and virtues.
Banu nia Salenda is good when you want to illustrate the value of critical thinking to solve a problem.
Banu is curious and he discovers a problem. He goes to get help to solve the problem and he and the other sheep have many creative ideas, but they don’t work! It is Banu who has the imaginative idea, he becomes the hero! We often need an imaginative idea to solve the difficult problems!
Banu nia Salenda is also good for developing observation skills in children. Can you find a butterfly, duck, horse, snail, chicken and rabbit?
Some of the pictures (eg page 21-22) have a great deal of detail and these can be used in circle time for discussion.
Roble Dahur ba Udan is about a rat who lives in the desert in Africa. A desert is a place where there is very little rain and very little grows.
Children’s story books always include a problem to be solved. This engages the children’s interest and encourages them to think creatively and critically. In Roble Dahur ba Udan the problem is that there has been no rain for a long time. What do Roble and his friends do to solve this problem?
Books about other countries widen children’s understanding of the world they live in. They also highlight the similarities between cultures – the rain dance is part of many cultures.
If a teacher or parent has read and understood the back covers of the full series of books
then they will have engaged in a ‘mini-lesson’ in
the value of reading children’s story books to their children!