there are very few products i get really excited about so when i find one i will pass it on to you! this one is so great cuz it's not just a product that makes life easier or food more yummy or something temporal like that. it actually helps children understand an important concept in God's word and even better, it is written in such a way that it would be acceptable to use in a secular setting!
the book is called Tale of the Poisonous Yuck Bugs and was written by Aaron Reynolds. it is based on Proverbs 12:18, but as i said, if you don't read this verse on the title page, the rest of the story does not refer to anything religious and would be acceptable almost anywhere.
it uses a concept interesting to kids (bugs and venom) and the illustrations are impossible not to look at. these bugs "infect" all those around them with their poisonous words until one day they unleash on each other and feel the effects of their tongues. they add insult to injury and sink deeper into ill health until a "watch-what-you-utter-fly" comes and starts spewing her words of affirmation and kindness. not only do the bugs not feel worse, they actually start to feel the effects of the poison lessening.
i have used this book with my own children, with children i baby-sit, and even in my work setting. for some reason it always holds kids' attention and they seem to grasp the concept more than just rote memorization of it.
my son asks me frequently now if something he just said was a "yuck-bug" word or an "utter-fly" word and wants to administer the antidote when one of the yucky words hurts someone else.
click here to check out this book. there are two others in the series that we own and enjoy, but this one is definitely our favorite.