Yasmine’s Belly Button Book Review and Lesson Ideas

A complete book review of the amazing story Yasmine's Belly Button, with a complete summary & lesson ideas!

Summary

Yasmine’s Belly Button is an endearing story is about a young girl named Yasmine, as she gets ready for her first day of school.  As she feels butterflies in her stomach about her first day, Yasmine notices her belly button.  She begins to wonder why it’s there and embarks on a series of discoveries about the significance of her belly button. Yasmine’s mom tells her all about their connection as mother and daughter, and soon Yasmine realizes that everyone has a belly button in common!

Thoughts

This book is as much of a tale for mothers as it is for young kids.  It will definitely pull on any parent’s heartstrings as it recounts much of the bonds between a mother and her child.  It carries some important lessons about growing up and relationships.  This is a great book for a younger audience because it deals with a girl who is just becoming of school age.  I guarantee that if you add this book to your collection it will become a family favorite!

Lesson Ideas

Writing Prompt – First Day of School

Yasmine’s Belly Button provides a wonderful writing prompt to get kids writing about their first day of school.  The story features Yasmine, who is nervous about making friends on her first day.  Use this story as a catalyst for talking about your child’s or student’s first day of school feelings.

A complete book review of the amazing story Yasmine's Belly Button, with a complete summary & lesson ideas!
This is a great way to include some optimism into the mix. (Taken from The Starr Spangled Planner)
A complete book review of the amazing story Yasmine's Belly Button, with a complete summary & lesson ideas!
These sentence starters are great for younger learners.  (Taken from Teachers Pay Teachers)

Character Development – Confidence

The main character in this story starts her day feeling nervous, but she soon becomes proud about a very special part of herself.  This is a great example of developing confidence.  The activity below fits in wonderfully with this book.

A complete book review of the amazing story Yasmine's Belly Button, with a complete summary & lesson ideas!
Ask students to chose their favorite feature, capture it in a photo, then ask students to elaborate on why that is the best part of them.  What’s the story behind their choice? (Taken from Lessons With Laughter)

Character Development – Appreciation

Yasmine learns of all the hard work her mom put in to raise her.  This story really is a lovely way to discuss motherhood with your child or students.  You could then turn this discussion into an appreciation activity or mother’s day activity.

A complete book review of the amazing story Yasmine's Belly Button, with a complete summary & lesson ideas!
(Taken from Wayward Girls’ Crafts)

Word Choice – Homophones

Yasmine becomes confused about the different types of “buttons” and how they look nothing at all like her belly button! This is a nice introduction or elaboration on homophones.  Discuss the concept of homophones with plenty of examples, and then try the two activities below.

A complete book review of the amazing story Yasmine's Belly Button, with a complete summary & lesson ideas!
An ice cream approach, because when isn’t ice cream relevant? (Taken from Make, Take & Teach)
A complete book review of the amazing story Yasmine's Belly Button, with a complete summary & lesson ideas!
A triangle model.  (Taken from Thank God It’s First Grade)

Timelines – Your future self

Yasmine’s Belly Button demonstrates how Yasmine grows from being a small baby to a school-aged child.  The story mentions her budding independence.  This allows for a useful discussion of timelines.  Ask your student or child to map out their life: past, present and what they predict for the future.  They could use pictures or words, or both!

A complete book review of the amazing story Yasmine's Belly Button, with a complete summary & lesson ideas!
(Taken from Crisscross Applesauce)

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