Not singing the blues anymore ...

Summary:

Life is pretty lonely for Mr. Homarus Americanus. He is blue - literally and figuratively. None of the other sea creatures will talk or play with a lobster of a different color. So he wandered alone around the ocean floor, got caught in a trap, and ended up at the Kettle of Fish Restaurant. Instead of becoming someone's dinner, Blue Lobster was given his own tank and a prominent place in the restaurant where everyone could see such a unique creature! 


Parent Perspective:
First, who knew that there really are blue lobsters? Not I. Second, I hope you can find this book. Both he and the story are cute and the messages are layered very well. There is of course loneliness and the lack of acceptance, but Blue Lobster also shows us how to stay positive and that even good things can come from what looks like a bad situation. Definitely recommended for sharing with preschool through first grade.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Blue Lobster is a rare crustacean with a positive outlook and a fun story! Kids will relate to his story and be able to "get" the messages pretty easily. Recommended.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
This is a picture book about feeling left out.
Educational Themes:

The story makes it easy to pause and ask kids what they think Blue Lobster is thinking of feeling. In addition to talking about his feelings (being left out, feeling different), ask them about friendship: would they try lots of "tricks" to get people to like them?

there are opportunities to ask your child what they would do if someone different came into their life.

Reading Level:
unknown
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, for sure. Blue Lobster is cute and the message is easy for young readers to understand.

Title The Blue Lobster
Author Robin Taylor-Chiarello
Publisher The Peppertree Press © 2011
Illustrators Lisa Bohart
ISBN 9781936343843
Material Paperback
Cost $15.95
Genres Animal Character, Humor, Rhyme, Self Worth
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