If you’re in need of a bedazzling way to start your day, A Bobby-Dazzler of a Pouch! (out this year from Pen It! Publications) is the book for you! I have one word for this children’s picture book from writer Janet Halfmann and illustrated Abira Das: cute. And I think that in our crazy world, we need just a bit more of that!
A fictional story about a young kangaroo who cannot always find his mom once he leaves her pouch (which actually happens!), A Bobby-Dazzler of a Pouch! is about resilience, the power of a community, and creativity! When Joey needs to find his way back to his Mum’s pouch, his neighbors, animals of all sorts, each give a little something to add to his mom’s pouch. Decorations, including feathers, mistletoe, and, yes, even an echidna’s spines, soon adorn a pouch that Joey cannot miss!
New and fresh, this story – even if a bit too wordy at times – is sure to entertain younger students and will make a fun read-aloud. Das’s illustrations are representative of her comic and animation background.
Teaching Ideas A Bobby-Dazzler of a Pouch! lends itself to many great classroom activities. It will fit perfectly with a unit on how we help others. Ask students to think about and discuss ways they help others before or after the book.
If you are looking for a creative extension activity, invite students to choose an animal and learn about a challenge that the animal might have. Then, ask students to solve the problem in a creative or unique way. They can present their solution in the form of a 2D or 3D art piece or a written story, using A Bobby-Dazzler of a Pouch! as a mentor text.
This book’s theme of devising a creative solution to help another is so important for our littles to hear. A Bobby-Dazzler of a Pouch! earns three stars! ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️