20 Sep 2007

My good deed


Gorgeous frogs!

"Two Frogs" is a fantastic book. I want to share this book today and by doing this, do my "good deed" for today! I love books, even more, children's books! I'm slowly busy building up a library! I used this book with great success during Philosophy lessons...oh yes, BiB, if you read here...take notice! Firstly, the pictures in this book...just look how stunning! Doesn't it convey allot, only by looking at it! That's why children's books fascinate me, you get outstanding illustrations and lifelong messages. This book is definitely one of those which you would buy and have different uses for, when teaching. I'm going to copy a few lines from the book...
"Once there were two frogs sitting on a lily pad in the middle of a large pond. One of the frogs was holding a stick. "What's that for?" asked the other frog. "For protection," said the frog with the stick. "This stick is to beat off the dog."
"What dog?" said the other frog, quickly looking over his shoulder. "I can't see a dog. There is no dog!" "Not now there isn't, not at this moment," replied the frog with the stick. "But what if a dog should come swimming across the pond and try to eat us up? Better be safe than sorry." The other frog was puzzled. "But no dogs ever come swimming in the pond," he protested. "At least I've never seen one. In fact I can't even remember seeing one on the edge of the pond. And why would a dog want to come swimming in the pond anyway? They're not so fond of swimming as us frogs, you know."

Now, by looking at the pics, you can imagine what happened...I put questions forward to 9 year old children e.g. Should we always be prepared? Should we always think about all the "what ifs"? Is it ridiculous thinking the worst might happen? Why would you want to be prepared for the worst? What do you need to be well prepared? What do you see as "the worst"? How else can we prepare us for the "worst"? This book lends itself to numerous questions and at least an hour's discussion with children. One of the "what ifs" in this book really happened at the end! That was the dog...but the frogs were already gone and not there to see the dog...

If you want to leave your point of view about these questions, it would be well received!

A Japanese story about Two frogs..do enjoy!

2 comments:

  1. David Wheeler24.9.07

    I was talking to a Masai pastor from Kenya and he had been on a lion hunt as an adolescent. They carry a spear in one hand, and in the other hand they have a double ended hard stick rather like your frog. Their stick is sharp at both ends. If the lion attacks them first they use the spear. Then if that does not stop it they push the stick into its mouth which stops it closing. Clever like a frog, hey?!
    David W

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