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Introducing a dog called Cumberland

Cumberland

Cumberland lives with granny and grandad and catches up young James and Fran in his adventures when they come and stay at granny and grandad's house.

This series of books invites you to share in Cumberland's adventures alongside James and Fran, exploring issues that really matter. These issues include love, joy, feeling alone, enjoying company, being sad, and being happy.

These stories for 3- to-5-year olds are published by the St Mary's Centre's Bear Lands Publishing and authored by David W. Lankshear. They are freely available as downloadable PowerPoint presentations - simply click on the title below, open the PowerPoint, and go to slideshow to read the story!

How the dog got his name

This book could be about the importance of names and why we choose names carefully. It could be about annoying older brothers or having a nice time with families and the giving and receiving of love. Better still it might be about whatever those who hear the story think it is about, but you will only discover what children think it is about by talking with them.

Cumberland and the journey of a brick

This book could be about the usefulness of bricks and the different types of brick we see around us. It might be about how we feel when we are not wanted or we are told we are the wrong size, shape or colour to fit in. It could also be about feeling useful, but most likely the children that you read this story with will have their own ideas on what it is about.

Cumberland and the summer walk

This book is about what we think is beautiful or what we like and stopping to consider these. It might also be about all the nice secrets and talks that children share with their cuddly toys, which as adults we rarely are privileged to hear. Of course, for the child or children that you read this book with, it could be about something else entirely.

Cumberland and the unhappy day

This book might be about being unhappy and angry, it might be about hurting your friends. It might be about putting things right and the giving and receiving of love. Better still it might be about whatever those who hear the story think it is about, but you will only discover what children think it is about by talking with them.

Cumberland at Christmas

This book could be about feeling left out. It could present opportunities to talk about Christmas and the family traditions that form part of the festival. It could be about the differences between meeting people in your own home or going to visit them in theirs. Better still it might be about whatever those who hear the story think it is about, but you will only discover what children think it is about by talking with them.

Cumberland in goal

This book could be about fairness or about not spoiling a nice time by making a fuss. You might want to talk about whether those hearing the story thought Fran was right to let James say it was a draw. It might be about who should be the one to go in goal. It could be about annoying older brothers or having a nice time with families. Better still it might be about whatever those who hear the story think it is about, but you will only discover what children think it is about by talking with them.

Cumberland and feeling sad

Children often blame themselves and ‘naughty’ things they have done for experiences that are not caused by them at all but which they feel bad about. This might be one of the things that this story raises as might keeping secrets or leaving toys out in the garden. Better still it might be about whatever those who hear the story think it is about, but you will only discover what children think it is about by talking with them.

Where is Cumberland?

This book could be about getting lost or perhaps searching for something that has been lost. It could be about families working together – everybody trying to help. Better still it might be about whatever those who hear the story think it is about, but you will only discover what children think it is about by talking with them.