Book: Soda and Bonda
Written and Illustrated by Nivedita Subramaniam
Bonda is a cat that feels like a dog! Can Soda, the dog, and Bonda be friends? A beautiful story about identity and friendship. On the surface, it is a funny story about a cat who feels like a dog, but deep down it has a subtle message about identity, compassion, and empathy for the other. Is identity really fixed or a fluid idea?
Activity: Explore Emotions with Bonda, the Cat
Make your own Bonda, the cat stuffed toy, and use the toy to identify and express emotions by sticking the correct emotion shape to Bonda’s heart. Discuss how you are feeling today using Bonda!
Skill: Explore Emotions with Bonda, the Cat
Naming feelings helps children express emotions in an appropriate way. Self-awareness is the ability to recognize and name personal emotions.Learning to empathize with the emotions of others as well as recognizing our own emotions forms the basis of emotional intelligence. Besides academic skills, kindergarten readiness includes developing social and emotional skills to thrive in school. It lays the foundation for learning and it is linked with good academic performance in school and is of course, an important life skill.
Kids make and use Bonda, the cat to pretend play, and as an outlet for expressing their emotions!
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