Howard B. Wigglebottom doesn’t listen. He won’t sit quietly while his teacher reads. He doesn’t listen when she asks him to stop bouncing. And he doesn’t hear his friend telling him something important. As a result, Howard ends up in time-out, so he can think about how he’s behaving.
Since Howard is a smart rabbit, he realizes he’s in trouble because he doesn’t listen, and he makes up his mind that he will be much better. When he changes his actions, he finds out that life is so much more fun.
Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen is a cute story with a good message. It doesn’t preach, but instead demonstrates by example what it means to be a good listener. There is also a lesson guide after the story, which highlights the important points and offers discussion questions. This book would be a great classroom resource, as well as one parents could use to establish good behavior at home.
Reviewer: Alice Berger