Looking for more ways to work on social skills? How about perspective taking? This review of Freddie the Fly Motormouth will give you ideas!
When I was contacted by the author, Kim Delude, to review this book, I was so excited to learn about a new resource that can be used in a fun way to work on social skills. I love using storybooks in my therapy room! Although this book was given to me to review, the thoughts and opinions are all mine. Disclaimer: this post contains Amazon Affiliate links.
This book is about Freddie an insect that has a tendency to babble about EVERYTHING. When he hears anything, he finds something related to it and wants to share it. It goes into descriptive detail about what he goes through and what he is feeling when that urge happens, “The humming in my body begins…” It also shares his struggle of trying to get it to stop, “I cross my arms trying to stop the whirling and the twirling.”
I love how they use large and coloring fonts to draw your attention to all the descriptive language. It also includes conversations that the main character is having with others. It is so relatable since it is at school and on the playground.
I love that it even shares how he feels when he hears someone else babbling and won’t let him get a word in. It shares how he feels when another is talking about a topic he is not interested in.
I love how it shares how Freddie feels when he realizes that the character Mesquita is also a motormouth. It helps him realize that others may feel about him the way he felt about Mequita. This can totally elicit a conversation about perspective taking and putting yourself in others shoes.
It uses the teacher, Ms. Stinger to teach Freddie what to do and the “motormouth club” and the “red light-green light” strategy. How cute is that?! Can you see yourself using that lingo with some social skills groups? Our students can really relate to this and really learn from reading about Freddie learn what to do.
Who is this book perfect for? I highly recommend this book to SLPs, social workers, school psychologists, and teachers that have students that tend to talk too much and don’t stop and let others speak. You can also recommend it to parents too! Do you have students that only like to talk about topics THEY are interested in? This book is perfect for them too! Are you already picturing in your mind the students that can benefit from this book?
Want to learn more about this book and the author? You can check out the book by using the Amazon link below. You can follow the author on Twitter by following @KimDBooks and see updates on future books from this author.