As we approach the holiday season it is important for parents to talk to their children about giving back and donating items that we no longer use or have out grown. A great way to help illustrate a lesson is to read books written for kids about the subject. The Little Green Jacket by author, Jodi Dee shows kids the journey one of their donated items can take and how happy other children are to receive it. This wonderful story shows that it is better for our clothes and toys to travel to other children in need rather than staying tucked away in a drawer or closet.
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The Little Green Jacket | Children's Book Review
The Little Green Jacket: About the Book
Written by: Jodi Dee
Co-illustrated by: Steve Goad
The Little Green Jacket is a book with a cause, 10% of net profits of each book sold will be donated to Planet Aid.
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‘Mike, our youth group is looking for items.
The Little Green Jacket tells the story of a green jacket who travels from child to child through the power of donation.
This story is beautifully illustrated in a grey scale, expect for (of course) the little green jacket.
The Little Green Jacket flips from third person narrative to first person as readers are let in on the thoughts of the little green jacket as it leaves one child and meets a new.
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The Little Green Jacket: My Thoughts
Teaching our kids about donating and giving to those less fortunate is so important.
In my own family we talk to my kids about sorting through toys they've out grown or have lost interest in and putting them in a bag to bring to a donation drop off so other little boys and girls get a chance to play with them.
Reading The Little Green Jacket beautifully illustrates the journey a toy (or in this case, a jacket) can have as it is passed on from one child to the next. Each child loving and appreciating the jacket.
The Little Green Jacket is unique in its illustrations as the entire book is in a grey scale (less the green jacket). The people depicted in this book are also very realistic and are not "cartoony" at all.
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In order to keep younger children engaged, I suggest having them look for and point to the green jacket on each page because with the material being a bit heavy and the illustrations being more mature, they may have a hard time staying focused without some interaction/interjection from the parent or guardian reading the story.
That being said, The Little Green Jacket is a wonderful children's book and can certainly be used as a teaching tool and talking point for donating.
The importance of donating is really driven home when a family, watching the news, sees a terrible storm ravage an area.
The latest little boy to have received the green jacket decides to donate the jacket to those living in the storm's path and hopes that the green jacket, that brought him so much joy, will bring joy to a child out there.
After we finished reading The Little Green Jacket, my preschooler was ready to scoop up more of her toys to donate.
We've done rounds of donating before but I was really pleased and impressed that she was able to make the connection all on her own!
About the Author
Jodi Dee, M.Ed is a Mother & Author whose books, materials, and resources promote proper growth & development, self esteem & individuality, and social & emotional intelligence of all ages!
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