Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Story About Jealousy

It sucks sour lemons when someone else is getting all of the attention. You feel like screaming, “Hey, look at me! I’m pretty cool, too!” My students notice someone being singled out for praise faster than they blink and they always try to replicate the behavior so that they can get in on the action, too.

Most kids will relate, therefore, to Cat’s jealousy of the Easter Bunny in the picture book Here Comes the Easter Cat written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Claudia Rueda. The book starts with Cat very upset about something. When prompted, he explains that everybody loved the Easter Bunny and Cat just doesn’t understand why. Cat starts to brainstorm what he can give everyone so that everyone loves him, too. See the book trailer:

Cat doesn’t talk, so kids will have fun figuring out what he is trying to say using only the illustrations. The author and illustrator perfectly depict all of the emotions that children (and adults) go through when they are feeling a little jealous and manage to do it in a funny and reflective manner.

In the end, Cat shows shows true honor and strength of character, but you will have to read the book to see how. I promise your kids will be entertained.

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