PPBF: The Wolves of Currumpaw

WolvesOfCurrumpawCoverAuthor/Illustrator: William Grill
Publisher: Flying Eye Books, 2016
Age: 7-14
Themes: wolves, wildlife conservation, New Mexico
OpeningHalf a million wolves once roamed freely across North America, but with the arrival of European settlers the habitats of the animals began to change.

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Summary: (from my library catalog) Lobo, the legendary leader of a band of cattle-killing wolves has been terrorizing cattle ranchers and their livestock in the American Southwest. Bounty hunter Ernest Thompson Seton, sets out to trap and exterminate Lobo. “A beautiful re-telling of the first story from Ernest Thompson Seton’s 1898 Classic, Wild Animals I Have Known”–publisher.

WolvesOfCurrumpaw1Resources/Activities: Why I like this book: I deeply admire William Grill’s visual storytelling skills (see my recommendation for Shackleton’s Journey HERE) and was so pleased to find this in the library! I made myself a nice cup of coffee and sat down with it as soon as I got home but barely took a sip, I was so riveted. By the time I finished my coffee was cold, and I was sopping up my tears! A sad AND beautifully told story you will not regret reading. I promise!

WolvesOfCurrumpaw2For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: Next to You

NextToYouCoverAuthor: Lori Haskins Houran
Illustrator: Sydney Hanson
Publisher: Albert Whitman, 2016
Age: 2-5
Themes: animals, cuteness, parent/child relationships
OpeningNext to you, the softest puppy in the world is only kind of cute.
Summary: (from my library catalog) When it comes to new babies, friends, or other loved ones, we should remind them of just how darling they are. But are they cuter than a piglet in a sweater? A basket of baby chicks? An elephant calf taking a bath? Of course! Sweet, funny, irreverent, but above all, CUTE, this keepsake-size book is perfect for both gift-giving and cuddly story times.

NextToYou1.pngWhy I like this book: Amazing how this one can be so funny and touching at the same time. You’re going to want to buy this one for someone you like to be next to!

NextToYou2Resources/Activities: great for learning how to draw a child’s face, esp a small child; I could see this being used in a biology class, discussing evolution and how we are wired to take care of our young.

NextToYou3For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

PPBF: Eerie Dearies

EerieDeariesCoverAuthor/Illustrator: Rebecca Chaperon
Publisher: Simply Read Books, 2014
Age: 9-14
Themes: academic absence, alphabet, concept book
OpeningA is for astral projection.
Summary: (from Amazon) Eerie Dearies is an unusual book that offers a carefully crafted & alphabetized selection of twenty-six beautifully illustrated excuses for being awol from school. Faded and well-used book covers serve as compelling backgrounds to each of these delicately rendered acrylic paintings, creating an atmosphere akin to an old and dusty collection of darkly humorous myths..

EerieDearies1.jpgWhy I like this book: Reminds me so much of Edward Gorey’s sense of humor. Not for the little ones, but I thought since the postings on Susanna Hill’s blog are on summer hiatus I could slip this one in for the older kids.

EerieDearies2Resources/Activities: Make your own list of ‘excuses’ and illustrate them, with pencil, ink collage, etc.; read Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies – watch the read-aloud video HERE

EerieDearies3For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

 

PPBF: Two Emberlys Times Two

DrummerHofcoverAuthor: adapted by Barbara Emberly
Illustrator: Ed Emberly
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 1967
Age: Amazon says 6-9, I say younger!
Themes: cannons, war, folk songs
Opening: Drummer Hof fired it off.
Summary: (from my library catalog) A cumulative folk song in which seven soldiers build a magnificent cannon, but Drummer Hoff fires it off.

DrummerHof4Why I like this book: Folk songs are treasures and I am so grateful that these two picturebook makers have been able to bring them to life with careful pacing and an extraordinary mixture of trippy 60’s and Colonial elements. We could call it Colonial Punk! As fresh and juicy now as they were 50 – FIFTY!! – years ago.

DrummerHof2Resources/Activities: read the folk verse from which the text book was adapted HERE; discuss the clothing and how it differs from uniforms today.DrummerHof3

Beauty x 2 (x2!):

OneWideRivercoverAuthor: Adapted by Barbara Emberly
Illustrator: Ed Emberly
Publisher: first piublished, 1966; First Ammo edition, 2014
Age: 3 and up
Themes: animals, Noah’s Ark, folk songs
OpeningOld Noah built and ark, he built it out of hick’ry bark.
Summary: (from my library catalog) An adaptation of the folksong classic is presented as a counting story about Noah’s Ark and is complemented by silhouette woodcut illustrations.

OneWideRivertitlepage.jpgWhy I like this book: uncomplicated and accessible illustrations propelled by bold background color – need I say more?

OneWideRiver1.jpgResources/Activities: make potato prints with black paint on colored construction paper; discuss why saving life from extinction is important; watch the book trailer HERE; listen to the recording from The Country Gentlemen.

 

OneWideRiver2For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

PPBF: Ada’s Ideas – Book Birthday

1AdasIdeasCoverAuthor/Illustrator: Fiona Robinson

Publisher: Abrahms, 2016
Age: 6-9
Themes: Ada Lovelace, women mathematicians, computer algorithms
Summary: (from the publisher)Ada Lovelace (1815–1852) was the daughter of Lord Byron, a poet, and Anna Isabella Milbanke, a mathematician. Her parents separated when she was young, and her mother insisted on a logic-focused education, rejecting Byron’s “mad” love of poetry. But Ada remained fascinated with her father and considered mathematics “poetical science.” Via her friendship with inventor Charles Babbage, she became involved in “programming” his Analytical Engine, a precursor to the computer, thus becoming the world’s first computer programmer. This picture book biography of Ada Lovelace is a compelling portrait of a woman who saw the potential for numbers to make art.

2AdasIdeasExOpening: Once there was a girl named Ada who dreamed of making a steam-powered flying horse.

3AdasIdeasWhy I like this book: It’s inspiring to young girls AND beautiful!! I had the great joy of sharing this the day it arrived with my FAC buds, and to see my creative computer geek friends gush over it! Knowing how much effort was put into this from Fiona herself makes it all the more special to me. Bravo, Fiona!

4AdasIdeasResources/Activities: great read for a discussion on applied math, inventors, or female role models; try your hand at paper-cutting – intructables instructions for beginners HERE; check out SCRATCH: computer programming for kids HERE

5AdasIdeasFor more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: The Forest Feast for Kids

ForestFeastcoverAuthor/Artist/Photographer: Erin Gleeson
Publisher: Abrahms, 2016
Age: 8-12
Themes: cooking for children, vegetarian food, art
Summary: (from the publisher) The first children’s cookbook from New York Times bestselling author and popular food blogger Erin Gleeson, The Forest Feast for Kids, serves up kid-friendly vegetarian recipes that are quick, easy, and fun to make. This cookbook showcases the rustic simplicity of the fare through vibrant colorful photography of Gleeson’s beautiful home in the woods and of children cooking the dishes themselves..

ForestFeast1.pngWhy I like this book: Something quite different this week in anticipation of the latest midnight release party for a Harry Potter book tomorrow night. If only there were such pretty cookbooks when I had first started out! I did burn my mother’s tablecloth with a pan of snickerdoodles, but these dishes may have prevented that negative turning point in my cooking career!

ForestFeast2Resources/Activities: make some delicious dishes; draw your favorite foods – use watercolor; try something you have not eaten before.

ForestFeast3For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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Attaching some of my creative efforts for tonight’s party below – all to be give-aways!

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PPBF: Hector Protector and As I Went Over theWater

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Illustrator: Maurice Sendalk
Publisher: Harper & Row, 1963
Age: 2-5
Themes: Mother Goose rhymes, behavior
OpeningHector Protector was dressed all in green.
Summary: (from the publisher) Maurice Sendak has interpreted these old’ Mother Goose rhymes in animated sequences that have the aliveness and immediacy of a child’s own imaginings. There is little in these verses to suggest the settings, the characterizations, the unforeseen twists and turns of Mr. Sendak’s fantastical picture-stories. They extend the boundaries of the short rhymes and add surprising dimension.

HectorProtectorendpapersWhy I like this book: The visual interpretations are stories themselves, perfect examples of what an illustrator can bring to the text, especially to something so familiar and seemingly ‘non-illustratable’.

HectorProtector1Resources/Activities: For any age group: pick a Mother Goose rhyme and bring it to life: with hand-drawn pictures, a collage, puppet show or cartoon. This book can be put to good use in a high school classroom to introduce illustration as a profession. Check out this page for more info on nursery rhymes and their origins.

HectorProtector4For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: Animals should definitely not wear clothing

AnimalsShouldDefinitelyNotcoverAuthor: Judi Barrett
Illustrator: Ron Barrett
Publisher: 2002, Weekly Reader (Originally published by Aladdin, S&S, 1970)
Age: 2-5
Themes: animals, clothing, concept book
OpeningAnimals should definitely not wear clothing….
Summary: (from my library catalog) Pictures of animals wearing clothes show why this would be a ridiculous custom for them to adopt. (I doubt this was the original pitch!)

AnimalsShouldDefinitelyNot1.jpgWhy I like this book: Simply silly! The concept is clear and easy for young and old to find hilarious. The illustrations have just the right amount of dry humor in them, and I love the design – even the cover is unconventional yet straightforward. A classic that has stood the test of time!

AnimalsShouldDefinitelyNot2Resources/Activities: what else can we think of that animals should better leave to humans? Why? What if we reversed the thought? Should humans chew grass? Grow fur?

AnimalsShouldDefinitelyNot3For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: Sometimes I Like to Curl up in a Ball

SometimesILikecoverAuthor: Vicki Churchill
Illustrator: Charles Fuge
Publisher: Sterling, 2001
Age: 3 and up
Themes: wombats, parent-child story, rhyming story
OpeningSometimes I like to curl up in a ball, so no one can see me because I’m so small.
Summary: (from my library catalog) Wombat likes to do many different things during the day, but when night comes he seeks out the coziest place of all.

Sometimes1Why I like this book: A customer recommended this book to me, and it is rather adorable! So fun to read aloud and the wombat’s expressions are priceless! A great bedtime story and the ending has a satisfying “ahhh”.

Sometimes2Resources/Activities: discuss what simple activities give you pleasure; make a bunch of funny faces; take time to go outside and do the things that wombat likes to do.

Sometimes3For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: Coming and Going

ComingandGoingcoverAuthor: Isabel Minhós Martins
Illustrator: Bernardo Carvalho
Publisher: Tate Publishing, 2014
Age: 5 and up
Themes: nature, transportation, human impact on the environment
OpeningThe head, it is said, is not just for wearing a hat. Feet, we might also say, are not just for wearing shoes.
Summary: (from my library catalog) Humans aren’t the only ones on Earth who travel long distances. Many birds, fish, and mammals migrate hundreds of miles in search of food, warmer climates, or places to raise their young. But it’s not just the incredible distances these creatures travel; it’s the way they do it that makes us slow down and think…

ComingandGoing1Why I like this book: the bold clear graphic style of illustration is a perfect background for a serious and very important subject.

ComingandGoing2Resources/Activities: discuss how we get where we need to go, how that differs depending where one lives: in the city, a town or in a rural area; how do things we need get to us? Great supplement to a unit on transportation.

ComingandGoing4For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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