I already know that you must be a book lover because you love Mister Spunky and His Friends, children’s book! That’s what brought you here right? You may want to know that April 2 is a very special holiday…it is International Children’s Book Day! A day to celebrate all the amazing and fun books and stories that have been written just for you!
International Children’s Book Day is celebrated on April 2nd because that day is also the birthday of the Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen. He wrote many wonderful stories for kids; the most famous are The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling.
Around here, we love any story that reminds us to be kind to others. The Ugly Duckling is all about treating everyone with love and friendship, even if they are different from us. A poor little bird is born in a barnyard but he is very plain and totally different from all the other little ducklings. He does not look like anyone else on the farm and he becomes very lonely. The others treat him badly and bully him until he decides to leave the farm all alone. He soon grows up and becomes a beautiful swan, the best-looking bird of all. His transformation reminds us that we are always changing into something better than before.
The Ugly Duckling is a lesson about treating everyone with gentleness and kindness. Sometimes a person who is special in some way can feel very alone. Not everyone looks and acts the same, do they? What a boring world it would be if we all were exactly the same! If you know someone who looks or acts differently, it might be a good idea to reach out and be a friend. Are there kids in your school who always sit alone? They probably want to have a friend just like you!
Being kind is easy. Mister Spunky and His Friends is all about the importance of love, friendship and helping those with special needs. Showing friendship takes a little bit of extra thought, but it is worth it when you can help someone else smile! Do you know someone who needs a friend? Why not offer them a big smile the next time you see them? I bet you will get a smile in return.
Happy International Children’s Book Day! And Happy Birthday to Hans Christian Andersen!
Susie is a freelance writer who has always had a dog as part of her family since childhood. Her current writing partner is Layla, a mixed breed Labrador and Cocker Spaniel. http://susieklein.wordpress.com/
Based in Phoenix AZ., animal lover Kelly Preston is an award winning author of Real Dogs Don’t Whisper, a book in which she talks about her experiences and adventures with her special needs dogs and the life lessons they have taught – how she has learned and grown from them and they have learned and grown from her. Preston also produces Mr.MaGoo’s Corner, a free monthly dog-focused newsletter that features a reader of the month, birthday announcements, green pet tips, organic dog recipes and more.
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