Through repeated questions and answers, this picture book entertains with wordplay while simultaneously nurturing children's social skills.
- Book Intro
(English) Shall We Play Together?
A bunny doll asks, “Shall we play together?” The baby answers, "No, no. I am cleaning." When another toy asks, “Shall we play together?” the baby responds, "No, no. I am putting on makeup." With her back turned, the baby is playing alone. Then a commotion enters the baby’s ear. The toys seem to be having fun together. The baby approaches the toys and asks, “Shall we play together?” What will the toys say to the baby?
From the author’s notes
A baby encounters the world for the first time through play. A curious baby taps, touches, indulges, and knocks on the world’s door. Through these activities, she is adapting and growing. Mom and Dad approach the child and ask, “Baby, what are you doing?” and play together in the baby’s world. The baby realizes that playing with others is more fun. The experience also forms the basis for the baby’s social skills. This book has been created in the hope that all the babies in the world will be loved enough, have fun, and grow up healthy.
The joy of relationships
The toys ask baby to play together, but she says no because she's preoccupied with her own play. But you don’t have to worry about baby not making friends. Now she's only attached to her world, but baby will naturally look for another source of entertainment as time passes.
This time, kids are laughing together. The child who used to play alone now approaches them first and asks if she can play together. It's a sign that the child is starting to understand the joy relationships bring, and her social skills are growing. Young readers realize that being together brings more joy.
How to make friends properly
When making new friends, children sometimes hover around other kids and suddenly join in to play. Although this may look cute, it's important to let children know that they must express their intentions and be considerate of others.
This book depicts the process of forming relationships with personified toys commonly played with by young children. Before approaching others mindlessly, the character takes a step back and asks, “Shall we play together?” When someone wants to play alone, we need to respect that. That way, the other person will also be considerate of our feelings, and we can have fun when we play together. This book will help toddlers learn how to make friends properly.
- About the Author
(English) Lee Yesuk cherishes all the babies born into the world and tries to create meaningful and exciting books. She is the illustrator of We Are a Normal Family and the author-illustrator of We’ll Disappear Soon.