Lyle and the Birthday Party by Bernard Waber is a classic picture book about a crocodile who lives with an American family. Lyle is a loveable crocodile and displays admirable traits for children to imitate.
Lyle lives with Mr. and Mrs. Primm and their son Joshua. The book opens with Lyle helping Mr. and Mrs. Primm decorate for Joshua’s birthday party. The party is fun. Everyone enjoys themselves, but Lyle is struggling with jealousy. Later, he is so sad and ashamed of his jealous behavior that Mrs. Primm thinks he is sick. After some funny adventures, Lyle ends up in the hospital where he reaches out with kindness to all the other patients. Soon, he is feeling much happier and the doctor thinks he has recovered from his illness. Lyle gets to go home. A few days after his homecoming, Lyle is surprised by his own party—it’s been three years since the Primms found him.
More than an entertaining picture book, Lyle and the Birthday Party touches on jealous feelings that most children struggle with and feel bad about, just like Lyle did. This book can lead to an honest talk about how to deal with jealousy and envy.
“Did you ever feel like Lyle felt at Joshua’s birthday party?” you can ask to begin a discussion about jealousy and how to deal with jealous feelings.
This lovely book shows the consequences of jealousy which are a sick feeling in the heart and body. Jealousy can affect your health.
I love the way Lyle handles his jealousy. He does kind things for others. You see, if you read Psalm 37, you will find that David addresses his own feelings of jealousy and envy. He urges those who do likewise to be generous and willing to share. You see, whether the author realizes it or not, he is sharing a biblical principle with his readers.
There are several books in the Lyle series. Your little lambs are sure to enjoy each one.
Here is a list:
Lyle, Lyle Crocodile by Bernard Waber
The House on East 88th Street by Bernard Waber
Loveable Lyle by Bernard Waber
Lyle Finds His Mother by Bernard Waber
Lyle, at the Office by Bernard Waber
Lyle, Walks the Dog by Bernard Waber
Lyle and the Birthday Party by Bernard Waber
Funny, Funny Lyle by Bernard Waber
Lyle at Christmas by Bernard Waber
You and your children can enjoy them all.
Happy Read Aloud!