I love teaching perspective to my kids and students with the help of great books about point of view! A Tale of Two Beasts is a favorite children’s book on this topic, and it is a fabulous story to have when you want to help kids look at a situation from someone else’s point of view.
There are two sides to every story, and A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Robertson illustrates that concept perfectly. This fabulous book makes teaching perspective so easy! This story is broken into two parts and is thus told from two different perspectives: Part 1 is told from the perspective of a little girl who believes she is doing a good deed by “rescuing” a beast from the cold forest, and Part 2 is told by the little beast himself. It becomes immediately evident that what the girl thinks of as thoughtful, the beast thinks of as quite the opposite. The reader learns in Part 2 of the story that the beast believes he has been abducted.
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This story wonderfully enables kids and parents/teachers to explore how easily words and actions may be misunderstood, and how two people can walk away from a conversation or interaction with a totally different understanding of the discussion that was had. Despite such important principles, A Tale of Two Beasts never feels didactic. Instead, the story is entertaining, the pictures are humorous, and it imparts this concept with such a light touch that kids don’t even realize they are learning such a profound lesson. It’s a fun book, an important premise, and a must for your little one’s library!
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