Perfect Picture Book Friday! Erin by Monette Pangan

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I think this book has a great message.


Written and Illustrated Monette Pangan

34 pages – ages 4+

Published by Anchor Group on May 14, 2013

Theme/Topic- Being heard / listening / manners

Genre- Realistic Fiction

Opening and Synopsis-  Taken from the back cover –

“Erin is a screamer! She is the youngest child in a large family and it’s the only way she knows to  get herself heard. See what happen when the screaming no longer works and Erin decides it’s time to try something new.”

Why I liked this book – I liked the message in this book.  I think a lot of times kids don’t think that their parents, brothers and/or sisters listen to them. It also shows that screaming doesn’t get you what you want. The story makes a great point that everyone in a family, from youngest to oldest, needs to listen to the others. The illustrations are cute and go well with the story. I really like how one of Erin’s sisters always has a book in her hands. 🙂

Activities and Resources –

Dinner-time talks – I was having a hard time coming up with an activity for this book and my mom told me that we actually do an activity that helps listening in our house. Her and my dad decided that when we sit down for dinner every member of our family gets to say something about their day and other people can’t talk unless it is to ask a question for the person talking. I really like it when we have our dinner-time talks and I never realized it was my parents trying to get Josie and me (and them) to be better listeners (sneaky parents teaching us without me knowing!).

I found a teacher’s  guide at the City of Toronto’s Early Childhood Services Team’s website for teaching kids to be good listeners. Click HERE.

I also found a list of suggestions and games about teaching your kids listening skills at Disney’s Family Go Click HERE to go THERE!

To learn more, please visit Ms. Pangan’s website HERE and her blog HERE.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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40 replies

  1. Nice subject. SCREAMING should only work in an emergency or on a ball field (but then it is called YELLING!). Ah, yes, dinner-time talks is a great way to foster communication (and i am not agreeing with your mom just because she liked my Winnie the Pooh joke).

    I like the topic of this book and the cover looks terrific. 😀

  2. I like what your mom said–that’s neat you’ve been learning something all this time and didn’t know it. How sneaky!

  3. Great post! My parents didn’t have dinner discussions, but I wish they had… now I do it with my kids. Thanks!

  4. We used to have a similar dinnertime routine, where we shared our highs and lows of the day. A lot of middles needed sharing too!

  5. Screaming and yelling are pet peeves of mine. I always find it sad when adults yell at kids to not yell/scream. I don’t know how other humans react but when someone yells at/near me, it is hard for me to listen to them at all. What a great message and one that some adults need to learn as well. 🙂 I love your parents’ dinner lesson.
    Have a great weekend, all!
    ~CM (and the Gang)

    • I know what you mean about the adults and their yelling at the yellers. I remember in a movie (Nanny McPhee Returns) a mom is yelling at her kids to stop yelling and they reply that she‘s yelling, then she shoos them off the couch (where they were standing) and gets on and yells at them to stay off the furniture, and they reply back that SHE’s on the furniture etc. 🙂

  6. Ooh I must get this for Hannah lol. Thanks, Erik!

  7. I love your selection for today and also love what you say about listening. When my family was younger we also sat down to dinner and talked but didn’t have listening at the heart of it but that was a side element. I miss those times and now they are only there for holidays and only some holidays. I must get this book. 🙂

  8. This is an excellent must-have book. Love how your parents quietly encouraged all of you to be listeners. I’m glad you shared that so others may take note as it is a great activity.

  9. What a great book. I don’t like screaming and yelling too much, but sometimes the kids I work with do it and I try to be understanding. With all the communication happening on phones and computers these days I fear that listening is going to become a lost skill. You have some wise parents. And you are a wise young man. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Good parenting is sneaky! I was interested to see that this book has 34 pages, when we’re used to seeing 32/36/40. I’ll have to take a look! – And thanks for your kind comment two weeks ago. You were right.

  11. Is screaming something like barking?? I have had consistently good results…. Just saying….

    Love and licks,

  12. So important for little ones to be listened to. Nice one, Erik!

  13. A lovely book, Erik. Love how your family sit and have turns talking at dinner time. Love your sneaky parents.

  14. Sneaky parents can be VERY effective 🙂

  15. We may need this one for our little screamer and his parents.

  16. I just discovered Ms. Pangan’s lovely work, and now I can look for this book too! I like your family’s dinnertime tradition.

  17. The book cover is very evocative. Makes me want to go over and give the little girl a hug. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your “dinnertime conversations” as well. Always very important to listen. 🙂

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