Today I am linking up with Paula over at Paula’s Place to share a beautiful book that I found over the weekend and read to my kiddies during our last week of term.

I have been looking for books about friendship as I am having a few problems with dobbing and some very emotional children as our term comes to an end. When I found this book, I knew I had to add it to my ever-growing collection!  Little Beauty is a book about a lonely gorilla who is gifted a new friend by his zoo keepers. They do everything together and become very close. One day, something bad happens and Little Beauty does a beautiful thing…it’s absolutely heartwarming so I don’t want to ruin it for anybody because it actually gave me goosebumps haha 

Afterwards, we sat in a big circle and discussed what it meant to be a good friend. I then passed around a paper heart and we each took turns saying something mean to the heart and crinkling it up. When it finally made its way back to me, I tried very hard to flatten it but the crinkles stayed. I then shared a story about when I was at school and a girl would always laugh at me and make fun of me when I got stuck up on the monkey bars (which happened almost every single day – I don’t know why I kept climbing them haha). I explained to the kids that even though I am a grown up, I still remember being laughed at and those crinkles were still there on my heart because it made me feel so sad inside. It was amazing to see their reactions to my story! They each got their own paper heart to crinkle up and then we wrote lovely things around the heart to help make it flat again.


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Casey is an early years teacher turned homeschooling mum of three who passionate about helping other parents create a play-filled home. She loves adventure days outside in nature and loves a good sensory tub. You can follow Casey on Instagram right here.

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  1. I LOVE that heart activity – I do it every year in my class – I think the message is very powerful. This book looks very awesome – I'm definitely going to check it out. What does "dobbing" mean? I'm also your newest follower.

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