Preschool Gems: Love, Death, Magic,and Other Surprising Treasures from the Mouths of Babes
By Leslie McCollom
Oh, what comes out of the mouths of children! Our team of teachers and parents have shared many stories of strange things our kids have said. With the addition of Preschool Gems to our book collection we can continually be surprised and filled with laughter at the wonderful (and often curious) things that children say.
For the past year I have laughed along with the tweets coming out daily from the @preschoolgems twitter handle. When I saw these hilarious tweets, shared by teachers of young children, were being compiled into a book I knew I had to have it! (Full Disclosure: Lucky for me, having a platform like KinderTown at my disposal put me on a short list to receive a free copy of the book to review)
Preschool Gems is a book entirely composed of the quirky, completely honest, and extremely funny things that children say. Curated by Leslie McCollom, many of the quotes are taken from her experiences working with preschool-aged children. The result is a book that makes those sitting near you while reading wonder what in the world could be so funny.
Each quote is a short statement revealing the complex environment that is the young child’s mind. Young children, ages 3 to 6, are developing language at astonishing rates. They often hear adult conversations and mimic and take the language for their own use. This leaves classroom teachers and parents with a treasure trove of magical moments!
Here are a few more of our favorites:
So now you are going to go and order PreSchool Gems so you can read more! Then you are going to want to order one or two to give as teacher presents this year. (You know that a book like this is much better than another holiday mug) You’ll also want to consider a book for your family and friends. You probably have a friend who has a “linguistically dynamic” child that could easily be quoted in this book.
Here are a few more quotes to send you on your way.