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Simplicity, Companionship, and a Favorite Quilt in Charming Story and Picture Book

Updated on June 15, 2020
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Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Simple Things are the Best


The Bunny That Appreciates Simplicity

Kate Knapp's charming story and picture book Ruby Red Shoes: A Very Aware Hare is the perfect choice to curl up with children for a reading time while at home. Parents know that children have high anxiety during this unprecedented time that we are all living through, and a new friendship with Ruby the bunny is the answer to lowering the temperature of their anxiety.

Ruby lives with her grandmother in a pretty little caravan trailer. She got her name as a baby when her grandmother made a beautiful pair of red shoes for her. Ruby has worn red shoes ever since. Ruby's grandma has taught her an important lesson about feelings. Everyone's feelings should be respected and treated with care. Her grandma has also taught her to respect all living things on the earth. Animals, plants and trees all have a place in our life and should be treasured. Ruby has learned these lessons well. Ruby and her grandma love their home and all are always welcome. They have filled their home with things that they love. Comfy chairs and quilts are just a few of their favorite things. Ruby also loves her special green bath tub. Ruby spends a lot of time in her garden and she even sings to her plants. Young readers will have fun with Ruby's chickens and the special trick that she has taught them. The simple things that Ruby also loves include butterflies and the stars.

Ruby Red Shoes: A Very Aware Hare was published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin/RandomHouse and is recommended for ages 3-7. The delightful and colorful illustrations are a special part of this sweet picture book and story. It has an ISBN of 978-0-593-12346-1.

Charming Colorful Illustrations Are Special Part of the Book

Ruby and her beloved grandma
Ruby and her beloved grandma | Source
Ruby's collection of red shoes
Ruby's collection of red shoes | Source
Ruby enjoys the simple things in life
Ruby enjoys the simple things in life | Source

Bring Ruby and Her Love for Simplicity Into Your Home or Homeschool Classroom

Kate Knapp's delightful story of Ruby and her love for the simple things in life is the perfect book to add to your family's bookshelf during these times we are living in. Many children are being homeschooled and may continue homeschooling for the coming school year. Reading fun read-alouds is an important part of school and parents who have also become their child's teacher will appreciate added activities to enhance the reading experience.

*Read Ruby Red Shoes: A Very Aware Hare together . This charming story also makes a great bedtime story.

*How many children have a red pair of shoes? What is your child's favorite color of shoes that they have? Create a math activity for young children in counting and sorting shoes according to color.

*Call attention to the colorful trailer that Ruby lives in with her grandma. There are many patterns on the decorated trailer. Call attention to all of the patterns in the designs with different shapes. Stars, rectangles, and ovals are all part of the patterns. Patterns are part of a math curriculum for young children.

*Ruby's grandma has taught the important lesson of learning that feelings are important. Engage children in a discussion of the variety of feelings that everyone experiences. Have a variety of stickers available that illustrate feelings and create a chart of your child's feelings on any given day.

*Call attention to the simple things that Ruby enjoys. Engage children in a discussion of things around their home or outdoor environment that they love.

*Ruby enjoys gardening. This summer or fall might be a great time to plant a family garden.

* Ruby has a cuddly quilt that she loves. Does your child have a favorite blanket or quilt?

*What are the simple foods that Ruby likes? Engage your child in a discussion of their favorite foods? Collect examples of the foods that Ruby loves and have a tasting party after reading.

*Ruby enjoys the stars at night. Plan an activity to study the star designs and patterns in the sky at night. Provide star stickers for your child to design their own night sky designs.

*Enoy the simple things with your family with this fun read aloud.

© 2020 Cindy Hewitt


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