“The Gift of Nothing”
It is a special day. Mooch wants to give a gift to his best friend, Earl, but what do you give someone who already has a bowl, a bed and a chewy toy?
Mooch searches and searches until he finally finds…
This sweet book reminds us that the simplest “nothings” are the best gifts.
This book promotes sharing and different perspective.
TITLE: The Gift of Nothing
AUTHOR: Patrick McDonnell
ILLUSTRATOR: Patrick McDonnell
PUBLISHER: Little Brown Company, 2005
AGE GROUP: 4-7
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: sharing, different perspective
1) How is an empty box be a gift? What would you do if you received an empty box?
2) Love is something that cannot be seen. Or can it? In what ways do you show love?
3) The symbol for love is a heart. What symbol would you create to represent friendship?
4) What does love sound like, smell like, taste like, feel like and look like? Using your answers to these sensory questions, write a poem about love.
To learn more about author/illustrator Patrick McDonnell, visit:
In the spirit of the holiday season, I wanted to share Rabbit’s Gift written by George Shannon, which honors the selfless act of giving and generosity.
Winter is coming. As Rabbit searches for food, he finds two turnips. One is enough for him and he wonders if Donkey found food.
Rabbit leaves the turnip by Donkey’s door. Donkey has enough food so he leaves the turnip by Goat’s door. Goat has enough food. He leaves the turnip by Deer’s door. Deer leaves it by Rabbit’s door, who shares with all his friends.
TITLE: Rabbit’s Gift: A Fable from China
AUTHOR: George Shannon
ILLUSTRATOR: Laura Dronzer
PUBLISHER: Harcourt, Inc., 2007
AGE GROUP: 4-8
1) What can you share with others? Brainstorm ways you can share. Remember sharing doesn’t have to be a thing, it could be spending time with others, a smile, etc.
2) From time to time, animals, people, and the Earth need help from others. Who would you help? Make a list of things that you could do to help them.
To learn more about author George Shannon, visit:
To learn more about illustrator Laura Dronzek, visit: