Literature is a simple way children can learn important social lessons. Books with colourful illustrations and interesting storylines can motivate and inspire children to learn the value of working together as a team. There are several popular books available for children that teach sharing and group dynamics as an integral aspect of life together.
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Pumpkin Soup by Helen Miller
This story by Helen Miller tells of three friends--Duck, Squirrel and Cat--who make pumpkin soup together night after night. Each friend has a special role to play in making the soup, but one day Duck decides he is tired of his role as the one who stirs the soup. He decides that he would rather be the friend that adds the salt instead--and this causes many problems. It is a very inspirational story that teaches children the importance of friendship. This story caters mostly to young children from three years old to kindergarten.
The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll
This book, filled with colourful illustrations, tells the story of Clayton and Desmond, citizens of Mouseville who compete as a team to win the prize for biggest snowman. The story tells of how these two characters discover their need to work together to build the biggest snoman ever. Steven Kroll, the author and illustrator, has written more than 50 children's books. This book is a rhyming story best read to children in grades 1 to 3.
The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room by Stan Berenstein
Written for toddlers all the way to second graders, this Berenstain Bears book teaches the valuable lesson of teamwork as Brother and Sister find their bedroom increasingly messy. Instead of cleaning up the messy room, Brother and Sister argue over whose fault it is and who should do what. In the end, the two discover that working together is the only way for their room to remain clean and neat.
Rooster Can't Cock-a-Doodle-Doo by Karen Rostoker-Gruber
Quick! Wake up Farmer Ted! Rooster finds himself with a sore throat one morning and can't seem to squeak out his normal "cock-a-doodle-do." The other animals on the farm work together to not only wake up Farmer Ted but to complete all of the farm chores, including milking the cows and gathering the eggs. This story is both suspenseful and humorous with many colourful illustrations to keep the interest of the child. Children in grades K through 3 will enjoy this book.
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