Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.
For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.
Birdy starts every day by smiling at herself in the mirror. She says you can smile while doing just about anything--brushing your teeth, taking out the garbage, or eating broccoli. Okay, maybe not while eating broccoli. Even people with bad teeth (like our first president, George Washington) should show their toothy grins because there's no such thing as a bad smile. So heed Birdy's advice and practice your smileyou'll need it while reading this book!
This title has Common Core connections
|Publisher:||Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||9.56(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.43(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Reading Group Guide
Laurie Keller knows how to write, illustrate, and make people smile and laugh. Get ready for some fun as you learn all about smiles in Laurie's latest book, Birdy's Smile Book, and keep those smiles warm and limber by revisiting some of Laurie's other titles, sure to make you grin and sometimes, even, laugh out loud!
When You're Smiling the Whole World Smiles with You!
Birdy says that smiles are contagious. When you smile at someone, that person is sure to smile at someone, who will smile at someone, who will smile at someone, until your smile spreads across the whole worldeven as far as Timbuktu!
Begin this activity by brainstorming with children and listing as many fairy-tale and folktale characters as you can. Encourage children to look through collections of tales for ideas. Be sure to include the mean and dastardly characters as well as the nice ones.
Next, color-code the characters (using highlighters or round colored labels): yellow for those most likely to smile and purple for those most likely to frown. If you have plenty of time, ask kids to draw a picture of their favorite character (including a smile or a frown on his or her face).
Now draw a very large circle on chart paper or, if you have plenty of room, make a large circle with removable tape on the rug or floor.
Then create a "smile circle" in which you begin by attaching the name or picture of a nice, friendly character, such as Little Red Riding Hood, at the 12:00 position on the circle, followed by an evil or unhappy character, such as the Wolf, alternating all the way around the circle. Invite kids to add a sentence for each character in turn. For example:
Little Red Riding Hood smiled at the Wolf.
The Wolf smiled at Granny (and didn't eat her).
Granny smiled at the Troll.
The Troll smiled at the Three Billy Goats Gruff (and didn't knock them off of the bridge).
If you are using pictures of the characters, make the whole activity even more fun by having a package of smiling-lips stickers on hand to affix to each character.
My Favorite Place to Smile!
Everyone has at least one place that they love to be, whether in their own home, a home of a person they love to visit, or a special place they have only visited once or twice. Ask each child to think of the place that brings the biggest smile of all to his or her face. Ask them to bring a smiling photo of themselves from home. Cut out the child's image and glue it to a large sheet of paper. Now ask children to draw in the background of their favorite smiling place.
You Can Smile When You Do ANYTHING
Birdy makes a list of ten things you can do and smile while doing them. Someone sneaks in an eleventh thing ("Eat broccoli") that Birdy is sure you CANNOT smile about. Challenge students to create their own list of ten things you can do while smiling and one thing that makes smiling impossible.
Birdy claims that smiles are contagious. Ask your students to give examples from their own experience of smiles spreading from one person to another. Next, challenge students to keep a smile log where they record each instance in which they smile at someone in an effort to gain a smile in return. Award a smile sticker or bookmark to the top smile-winner each day.