❤ You're All My Favourites by Sam McBratney + Conversation Guides
Exclusive conversation guides that encourage meaningful conversations between parent and child
Suggested values-in-action activities to concretise learning
Activity templates that are in line with the storyline
Personalised packaging that makes this package an ideal gift for any child aged 2 to 6.
Conversation Starters for siblings (Questions that siblings can ask each other)
- Suggested Activities for siblings to do with each other
- (Special Bonus) Conversations with an older sibling to ease the arrival of a new baby
How does it benefit my child?
This is a great book for:
> A mother who is pregnant with a second or third or fourth child and would like a book which will spark meaningful conversations with the older sibling(s) to ease the arrival of a new baby
> A mother who has multiple children and would like a book which contain conversation starters for siblings
This book and its accompanied conversation guides, will encourage meaningful conversations:
- Families can talk about jealousy, sibling rivalry and how to assure your children that you love them all the same
- If your older child is going through a difficult time after the arrival of a newborn, this book and the conversation guide can encourage the older child to articulate his/her thoughts and emotions
- Help your children to see the good in each other and encourage each other through words of affirmation
A short summary of the book
Mommy and Daddy Bear convince three worried cubs that there’s plenty of love to go around in this comforting tale from the incomparable team of Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram.
Every night, while tucking in their three cubs, Mommy and Daddy Bear tell them they’re the most wonderful baby bears in the whole wide world. But one day the three little bears start to wonder: How do Mommy and Daddy know this is true? And even more worrisome to each sibling: What if my parents like my brother or sister more than me? From the team who brought us the beloved 'Big and Little Nutbrown Hare' comes a tale that answers a timeless question with the ultimate reassurance — and offers the perfect way for parents to remind their own children how very much each one is loved.
Why this book?
The beautiful literary elements at work in this story: the characterization (of the father, the mother and the three baby cubs), the setting (in the forest, before bedtime), and the driving undergirding important question of "how can I know I am my mother’s favourite and my father’s favourite?"
Each young bear cub is described in birth order, sex, color, and size. The soft watercolor illustrations enhances the character development by deliberately showing each bear’s uniqueness. The story is set in the bear family’s home - the forest, and the moon placed in the nighttime sky depicts each young bear’s nightly musing: how can I know I am my mother’s favourite and my father’s favourite?
Any young child could easily retell the tale by following the artistry of the story. The illustrations create a warm and dream-like feel to the story, making this book a perfect choice for bedtime reading.
Conversations that you can have with your child
Read this book before bedtime with your child, let him/her hold the book and turn the pages. Have him point to the bear characters as you read. Consider to focus the child's attention on the observable - Talk about the sizes of the bear cubs: big, bigger, biggest; describe their fur colors: brown, grey, patchy; their ages/birth order: young, younger, youngest, older; the parents: mom and dad.
Ask questions as you go along with the story, “Who lives with the bears in the forest?” “Do you think it is day time or night time?” Talk about when your child was born. Who was there at the hospital? What were your first words said when you first saw your child? What did your spouse say? What did any siblings say?
In the story, the bear cubs notice their differences. Talk about differences in your family, with siblings. Some people are born big, some are born little. Some people have straight hair, some people have natural curls. Some people like to read, some like to run and jump.
Ask your child, “Who loves you?” Wait for responses. If he says, “Mummy,” ask follow-up questions, like, “Does she love you when you’re big? Does she love you when you’re little? Does she love you when you do something mischievous? (the answer is yes).
Reassure your child that your love for the children is multiplied, never divided and that each child is your favourite.