momstown had an opportunity to review a new children's story, before it hit the shelves - lucky us! We were introduced to Yogurt the Ogre - part of the pdoink series, a relatively new entry into the Canadian children's literature scene.
We took at look at the latest story about Yogurt the Ogre - the Big Tale of the Not So Tidy Whale. Yogurt is a friendly young ogre who is learning life's lessons while having fun at the same time!
The book is filled with bright, engaging illlustrations that captured my children's (ages 4 and 6) attention right from the cover. The story follows Yogurt's day as he traipses through the woods and plays at home. He meets a wise old rock appropriately named Granite Mosstop, who helps Yogurt understand that when he's having fun and playing, he needs to remember that what is fun for him might not be fun for everyone.
Yogurt leaves a bit of a mess when he plays... and learns through the book that he needs to remember to clean up and make sure everyone he's with is also having fun. The books ends with a poem (presented as Yogurt's bedtime story) that reiterates the message - remember not to get too carried away when you're having fun, or it might not be fun for everyone.
My kids definitely 'got' the theme from both Yogurt's story and the poem at the end. Reading stories with 'morals' like this one presents a good opportunity to ask your child to connect it to their own lives "was there ever a time when you might have gotten too carried away?" If you are finding this to be a great teaching moment, check out the educator guide online.
This book was previewed by momstown and will be available in retail stores by April 15th, 2011.