As a teacher it is important to understand the power that stories have over young children. Stories are the window outside the norm for these children. It gives them the chance to see that the world is a big place, beyond their home, family, and school surroundings. And when a young child connects with a character, he or she is getting involved with a journey of self discovery that is sure to bring a smile to their face.
For example, let’s take a closer look at the popular story: Porcupining: A Prickly Love Story. This is just one of the books for kindergartners that have become so popular over the years. In this book, Cushion the porcupine ponders why he is alone and single. He writes a four line song expressing his current state of mind. Just when he is about to give up on making friends, he meets Barb – a hedgehog that is in the same position.
Children can connect with these characters as they attempt to make new friends at school. They get to see how Cushion does this, as well as the trials and tribulations that he faces along the way. They are interested in seeing how Cushion handles the experience, as well as what he ends up doing to make friends.
With so many books for kindergartners that teach lessons, just like this, it is easy to see why teachers focus on them year after year. If you are a