This month the Virtual Book Club for Kids is reading books by Leo Lionni. Earlier this month I shared some resources that I found helpful in planning for our Leo Lionni study, and since then we’ve been reading quite of few of Lionni’s wonderful books. One of our favorite books was Pezzettino.
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I chose to share Pezzettino because I love the message of the story. Pezzettino, Italian for “little piece,” is is so small compared to everyone around him. He’s convinced that he must be the missing piece of something else. After looking and looking, he finds out that he isn’t a piece of something else after all. He is himself!
As I read this story with children they always seems so happy for Pezzettino as we reach the end. I think as small children they can understand how Pezzettino feels, and they are as delighted as he is when he reaches the conclusion at the end of the story.
To go along with this book I set up a simple invitation to create. Lovey and I sorted through our construction paper and tried our best to match some of the colors used in the artwork within the book. I placed the paper squares, glue, and a large piece of white paper on the table.
Before the kids got started we talked about what we remembered from the story and looked again at some of the pictures.
We also talked about Pezzettino being all one color while the other images in the book were different colors. I asked the kids if they would make a creature that is all the same color or different colors and why. It was interesting to hear their responses.
Then the kids got to work on their creations. The preschoolers spent quite a while coming up with different pictures, and Lovey also had fun playing along experimenting with glue and paper.
Big Buddy was very proud of his creation.
If I were still in the classroom or working with a larger group of kids, I think this would be a fun project to make into a collaborative mural and writing activity. Kids could make their own creatures and add them to the mural. Then they could write a short story or descriptive piece about their creation.
What activities would you do to go along with Pezzettino?
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