Who doesn’t struggle with popularity? Officer Buckle thinks his safety tips have become funny and enticing, but really, it’s the oomph Gloria, his police dog, that adds to his presentations. Peggy Rathmann times the pictures, dialogue and storyline perfectly in this Caldecott winner. It’s a funny read and full of useful safety tips like “Never leave a thumbtack where you might sit on it!”
Ask your kids to come up with their own safety tips prior to the first reading. Then see how many additional safety tips they can come up with after reading the book. Talk about buddies. Do you have a buddy system for field trips? Why would our local parks and trails system advocate for a buddy system on their entrance signs? What characteristics do good buddies have? Use examples from the book.