Guest Post and Giveaway!!

Hey all!!!  I am beyond excited to be a part of The Pink Tiara Blog Tour:))  Maria Dismondy is a teacher turned author and is touring now with  her wonderful new book Pink Tiara Cookies for Three.  This is a wonderful story of friendship and teaching kids how to work things out and do the right thing.  I just love any character building books!!!  Books like this make our world and classrooms happier places:D  I am so excited to have her here as my guest today:

I am thrilled to be a guest blogger today on 4th grade Frolics! I am also excited to use my lesson planning skills from back in the day (um, it’s only been since September that I took a leave from the classroom) when I was teaching.
 Today I am providing you with a lesson that you can use with my newest children’s book, Pink Tiara Cookies for Three. The lesson can be use from grades K-5.
Large Group Time: Read the book to your class. Take time to ask plenty of questions before, during and after reading.  Ask children to think about a time that they felt left out when playing with friends. Please remember that this book looks like a book for girls but the lesson learned is also a very important one for boys.
Friendship Triangle: On a large piece of chart paper, make a large triangle. In one corner of the triangle write “Say” in another triangle write “Do” and in the last corner write “What Not To Do”
Brainstorm: As a class, use both the book and children’s personal experiences to fill out the three corners of the chart. There are some ideas below. Friendship Triangles can take up a lot of energy from both students and the teacher trying to solve them. Time and energy that could be used doing something more fun! Working with children to learn strategies to use when issues like the Friendship Triangle occur, will help your classroom run more smoothly.
Include others                            
Have more than one friend                             
Think about the qualities you want in a friend                             
Get involved in activities where  you can meet new friends                                                               

Kind things to others
How you feel
Talk to your parents/teacher about your feelings

What Not to Do
Do not threaten others
Do not purposely exclude others
Do not create "clubs" where members decide who can and can not be included

Independent Work: For older students, you can have them write to a prompt about  a time they felt left out. What happened? What did they do? How did they feel afterwards? Hand out the Character Cut Out picture from Illustrator Cary Pillo. Have the class fold the paper like the diagram then cut out the character. Be sure they do NOT cute where there are not dotted lines by the hand. This is what holds the paper dolls together. Once they have their group of three friends, they can decorate them to look like the three characters in Pink Tiara Cookies for Three or like themselves and two other friends they have. Display your triangle chart along with the writing and paper dolls.

Thank you so much Maria for guest posting today and for sharing your wonderful ideas with others.  Be sure to check out her new book Pink Tiara Cookies for Three HERE

If you purchase a copy from her amazing website (HERE) you can get an autographed copy:D

Click HERE to link to her site and check out her other wonderful books!

You can win a copy of this wonderful new book about friendship and a tiara cookie cutter!!  All you have to do is leave some love (comment) for Maria here at this post.  That's it!! Don't forget to leave your email with your comment so we can contact you if you win.  Giveaway ends Jan. 31 at midnight.  Jump in and leave some love....this is a wonderful book to add to your home or classroom:)

Thank you Maria for allowing me to be a stop on your tour:)))


  1. LOVE this post, love LOVE the book, and LOVE LOVE LOVE Maria . . . thanks for featuring her on your site and for the great giveaway!!! So Maria, if I win, I'm going to donate it to our school auction along with two dozen of your FAMOUS cookies!

    Thanks for stopping by the Corner today, Tara; your comments ALWAYS fill my bucket. Let me know when you're ready for your guest post.


  2. fantastic book and ideas Tara!!!

    P.s. If you came in my class I would freak out and stutter and melt into a pool of butter!!!

    :) But you are always welcome. :)

    1. You crack me up!!!! Wish I lived closer....I would do the surprise pop in visit!!! teehee

  3. I can't wait to get my hands on this book!!! Looks so cute!
    Great guest post!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  4. I love this book! And the tiara cookie cutter is soooo cute!!!

    First Grade Delight

  5. What a wonderful book with a wonderful message. Hoping to win a copy!

  6. I tagged you in a post, come over and check it out!

    Twins, Teaching and Tacos.

  7. What a wonderful book and friendship lesson. I hope I win a copy. Helping children learn how to make and keep friends is something that I believe, as a teacher, you can never do too often. :)

    Thank you for sharing.

  8. Tara , thank you for being a part of the tour! My blog post came up a little later than I had hoped but it's up and I am having a giveaway book perfect for teachers! Head on over to to enter to win!

  9. What a great book!


  10. Hi -

    I have tagged you! You can see my post tomorrow morning at

    1. Hi Tara -

      Sorry for the confusion... I am very excited to see your post for the Tag.

      Yes, I want to enter the contest. I left a response to your previous blog about this for Maria. I am so excited for this as all I have are "boy books" - it comes from being a mom of boys. =) I can't wait to get my hands on this to read it. It sounds great!

  11. Sounds like a wonderful book! Great for Valentine's Day and friendships! I'm having a challenge with 2 little girls and a boy - real friendship issues!

  12. What a great book this would be for my class! We have a serious "mean girls" issue going on with the 4th grade at my school. I am always looking for more literature to share with them hoping that something will eventually stick and make a difference!
    emilyanncooper (at)

  13. Great ideas, thank you for sharing! I'm an elementary school counselor--I teach classroom guidance to every class in the building once a week. We are a K-5 school, so I would be able to use this with lots of classrooms and small groups. Thanks again for the ideas!

    1. Forgot to add my email address!

  14. What a great book and fantastic lesson plans to go with it. If I don't win this book I am going to have to buy it! My fourth graders would really benefit from a lesson like this:))) I hope I win!! Thanks for the ideas!

  15. What a great concept for a book!! Would love to win!!

  16. This book looks super cute and I would love to share it with my class.

  17. What a super cute book!

    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  18. A great book to share with my fourth grade class! Thanks so much for writing it.
    My email:

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  20. Maria. Thanks for sharing an awesome lesson with an amazing story. I hope I win.
    Life with Mrs. L

  21. Hoping to win this wonderful book:)

  22. I can't wait to get this book! My good friend Maria introduced me to Spaghetti in a Hog Dog Bun this year! It went perfectly with my Bucket Fillers that I started up this year! Teaching the kids about kindness makes such a difference in the classroom! Thank you for creating wonderful resources for us to use!

    1. You're welcome!!! I have a free Reader's Guide for all my books on my website! Go grab them! :) Maria

  23. This looks like a great book! Thanks for the nice message yesterday! It made me smile. I gave you a bloggy award for your kind words!

    Thanks for reading my blog! Your blog reminds me why I loved and miss 4th grade so much!

    Happy Reading!

  24. What a wonderful book!! If I don't win, I will definitely be buying this one! I have this exact same thing happening with 3 of my girls and it has brought so much drama to my classroom!


  25. Tag! Come on over and check it out. You can get details at

  26. What a super cute book!!

    The First Grade Dream

  27. This book is exactly what I need! There are several "strong" personalities in my classroom and they would really benefit from such a wonderful book :)


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