Sunday, March 7, 2010

Digby Takes Charge by Caroline Church

This week our theme with Kayden's library books was dogs. He loves dogs so he was very excited about all of the books we picked out. My favorite of the 4 was Digby Takes Charge by Caroline Church.

Digby is a sheepdog and he has difficulty taking charge on the farm. He tries all different methods to make the sheep on the farm listen to him. He tries using a bulldozer, a tank, and even a helicopter to get the sheep to herd into their pen. But the 6 silly sheep still won't listen to him. The cows and pigs come to his rescue and tell him their secret for getting what they want, using the word PLEASE. As soon as he uses please the sheep happily listen to him. I loved the message this book gave to Kayden, that people will listen to you if you ask kindly. Since we started reading this book I've noticed a BIG increase in his please and thank you use. I always try and make a point of telling him how much I like it when he uses those nice words and it seems to really be making an impact on him! I think this is a book I'm going to have to buy for our own home library to keep Please and Thank you usage up in our house as a little reminder for him.

Along with the "nice words" we also talked about the following vocabulary words in this story- what it means to HERD and PEN sheep and what MISERY, FURIOUS, CONFUSED, IGNORED, and FEROCIOUS mean.

I would definetly recommend this book to others to read with their little one, it kept Kayden's interest and taught him a lesson, it also had cute pictures he enjoyed looking at and describing. For us it was a 5 out of 5 star book!

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