Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Spring is upon us, and so are t-ball, baseball, and soccer practices. I don't remember the last time I met a kid over the age of four that wasn't involved in some sort of sport. And in a society where so much importance is put on getting the win, how do we encourage our kids to be good sports? Howard B. Wigglebottom may be able to help get the message across.
What it's About:
Howard is very competitive little bunny. He just has to win. He doesn't seem to care what he has to do to make that happen, whether it's being rotten to his teammates or even cheating. Until he is taken out of the championship game for being a poor sport. From the sideline, Howard sees that all his teammates are supporting each other and having a good time. He also sees a parent asked to leave for carrying on and finally realizes how foolish he'd been acting.
What We Thought:
Sportsmanship is something that we've discussed a lot. When I received my free copy, I was happy to share "Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Sportsmanship: Winning Isn't Everything" with my 2 and 4 year olds. Not only does the book discuss winning, it discusses losing. It shows the kids having a good time even though they are not first. I loved the message, and it came across very clearly to my little team players. What I found very helpful were the discussion points and lessons on the back pages. There is even a website that accompanies the Wigglebottom books, with songs, posters, lessons, etc. I love that this short story is easily turned into a lesson, with the tools provided to teach it. Both of my boys enjoyed the story and discussing what it was about. I heard them talking about sportsmanship while playing Transformers (apparently the Decepticons are sore losers). My oldest even suggested that Pop-pop should probably read the book.
There are 10 books in the Wigglebottom series, including the topics of bullying, listening, giving, and even too much of a good thing. I think the Easter Bunny might just bring "Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen"! I'm hoping that message is absorbed just as easily. The hardcover books retail for $15, but you can win your choice of any one of the Wigglebottom books by entering below!