Square Cat: Stories About Self Acceptance

Stories we shared

The theme of this week’s Pajama Storytime is “Self Acceptance.”  Each story draws on themes of courage, friendship, and encouragement for self acceptance.

The Monster Who Lost His Mean and Freckleface Strawberry are humorous stories–the first is a tale about a monster who is ostracized because he has lost his “mean,” and the latter about a seven year old girl who learns to accept her freckles.  Taking a less comical approach–though no less delightful–One by Kathyrn Otoshi also explores the topic of bullying; while young readers learn about colors and numbers, they also learn about standing up for themselves and accepting each other’s differences.

The Monster Who Lost His Mean by Tiffany Strelitz Haber
Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore

One by Kathryn Otoshi
Sqaure Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker

The fourth story is Square Cat.  Based on the picture book by Elizabeth Schoonmaker, this story was adapted for the flannel board.  Eula is a square cat and wishes she was round.  Her round cat friends try to cheer her up by showing Eula just how great it is to be square.

The craft below is also based on Square Cat.

 

Square Cat flannel 2   Square Cat flannel


Film we watched

The film we watched is “Spoon,” a story about a spoon who wishes he was another utensil, but eventually learns to accept himself.  The short film is based on Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s picture book of the same name.


Craft

Square Cat box

Square Cat craft

Supplies:

cardstock
crayons or markers
scissors
tape or glue

How to Make Them:

Print out square cat box template —square cat pdf

For preschool-kinder aged kids, adult assistance will be needed for folding; pre-cutting and pre-folding may work as well.  For 1st-2nd grade kids, they should be able to cut and fold with little assistance.

Instructions are on the printout:

  1. Color the cat (face, sides)
  2. Draw eyes, nose, mouth, whiskers, and feet
  3. Cut along solid lines
  4. Fold on dotted lines
  5. Glue or tape together box
  6. Tuck in tabs as noted
  7. Curl and tape on tail

Hastings Branch Pajama Storytime 6/3/13. For ages 3-8.

Jane Gov

Jane is a Youth Services Librarian at Pasadena Central Library. She purchases YA books for the library system and maintains the teen booklist, online resources, and webpages. She oversees Teen & YA programs including Summer Reading, Advisory Board, Zine, book reviewers, Teen Mental Health Initiative, and volunteers. She also coordinates the library's Innovation Lab, STEAM Kits project, and Young Readers League. She also conducts a few kids events and storytimes. Jane is a contributor to VOYA Magazine and a YALSA Board member.  A majority of her free time is spent with her two corgis Tyrion and Gimli. She tweets as @missjanegov.

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