Robin's Gift | By: Kenya Baker

"Robin's Gift is here. Children will read this delightfully colored text and learn the joys of being a giver. In a world, where "taking" has become second nature, Robin shows the world that it is more blessed to give than it is to receive."

"Robin's Gift" is about never allowing someone to make you stoop their level or feed into negativity. It is always important to never stop being who you are and to show kindness, even when you have the opportunity to be unkind to others. Robin had a chance to treat the flock of birds how they treated her, but she made a choice to treat others how she wants to be treated.

"Robin's Gift" is an exceptional children's book that is packed with lessons. It demonstrates that not everyone in the world is going to be kind to you, but that does not mean you have to do to others what has been done to you. It teaches children that you can always show people something different by displaying acts of kindness.

Social Emotional Learning Domains from the book:
  • Social awareness
  • Self-awareness
  • Relationship skills

One of the domains that are evident in the book " Robin's Gift" is social awareness, "the ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others." The other flock of birds was not kind to Robin. Although Robin did not like how the other birds treated her, she was still compassionate towards them. She demonstrated empathy, respect for others, and perspective-taking, which are all key elements of social awareness. The other birds were sad because it was getting cold outside, and they were not prepared for the winter. Robin was able to take the perspective of the other birds. She knew that the other birds would struggle throughout the winter if they did not have the proper supplies. Robin had more than enough, so she gave them some of her supplies. Instead of treating the birds like they treated her, she empathized with them and still helped them. It would have been much easier to be unkind to them, just as they were to her. But she still treated them with dignity and respect. 

Another Social Emotional Learning Domain that was taught in the book was self-awareness, "the ability to recognize one's own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior." Although the other birds were unkind, Robin chose not to focus on them. She decided to focus on herself, which made her feel good about who she was. Robin demonstrates self-confidence and accurate self-perception. The last Social Emotional Learning Domain skill that is taught is relationship skills. Robin demonstrates the ability to resolve conflict and offer help when needed. She also used her communication skills when she saw the other birds in distress.

We love the messages in the book and rate it 5/5 afro puffs! 

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