Spring is here and it seems kids everywhere are starting t-ball and baseball season. It was very applicable when I received Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Sportsmanship: Winning Isn’t Everything hardcover book recently, to review. My 3 and 4-year-old were so excited for me to read this book to them. I really love the lesson this story teaches, and it has turned into my 4-year-old’s favorite book and a must read every bedtime. This book really conveys an critical message to little ones about the importance of being a good team player and showing good sportsmanship.
Howard B. Wigglebottom just has to win everything and once when he came in second place the threw a temper tantrum and kicked his second place trophy. We then learn how he is a ball hog and will even cheat his friends to win a game. At the soccer finals he really loses it and trips players, hogs the ball, calls the players on the other team bad names and talks back to his coach, which lands him on the bench. While benched, Howard sees an angry dad in the crowd yelling at the referee. For the first time he imagines that is what he must look like. Howard feels horrible, he does not want to be like that angry dad who ends up escorted out of the game. He tells his coach this, and begs to be put back in the game where Howard has a chance to score the winning goal he instead passes the ball to his team-mate and his team-mate misses the goal and the other team gets the ball and scores, winning the game. Still, Howard was not mad and gladly accepted the second place trophy, shaking hands with the winning team.
If you are looking for a great story that will capture your child’s interest, and teach them all about good sportsmanship and team work in kids and adults, you should check out Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Sportsmanship: Winning Isn’t Everything. There is even a section on lessons and reflections in the back of the book.
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