PPBF: A Summery Saturday Morning

SummerySaturdayMorningCoverPPBF on Susanna Hill’s blog is taking a nap – a long summer slumber – but I can’t help myself – gotta share books I think are ‘pickcha poifect’! (I’m allowed to tawk like that – originally from LonGisland, NY).

SummerySaturdayMorningEndpapersAuthor: Margaret Mahy
Illustrator: Selina Young
Publisher: Viking/Penguin Group, 1998
Ages: 2-6
Themes: dogs, summer, stories in rhyme
Opening: We take the dogs down the wiggly track,/The wiggly track, the wiggly track./One dog’s whoite and the other dog’s black/ On a summery Saturday morning.
Summary: (from my library catalog) Nothing seems to go as planned on their Saturday morning, but the children enjoy themselves.

SummerySaturdayMorning1I like this book because: it’s a rollicking read-aloud with a funny storyline with cheerful watercolors that play up the fun. I really appreciate Margaret Mahy’s playful way with words.

SummerySaturdayMorning3Resources/activities: watch this New Zealand TV trailer for a Margaret Mahy documentary, even if we can’t get out hands on the film here in the US – it’s still fun!; take a walk on a summery morning and describe what you encounter – maybe in a rhyme?!SummerySaturdayMorningSpot

For existing PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE

PPBF: The Little Red Hen

LRHcoverAuthor/Illustrator: Paui Galdone
Publisher: Clarion, 1973
Ages: 3-7yrs
Themes: folk tale, animals, just rewards
Opening: Once upon a time a cat and a dog and a mouse and a little red hen all lived together in a cozy little house.
Summary: (from my library catalog)The little red hen finds none of her lazy friends willing to help her plant, harvest, or grind wheat into flour, but all are eager to eat the cake she makes from it.

DSC01146I like this book because: it is the didactic tale we all know, but what I like is that the hen does not give in, and that leads into the discussion of right and wrong so much better than versions where the hen decides to share. But who is kidding who here? I chose it for the illustrations! Specifically for the character designs and the way Galdone lends emotion to the character’s faces and postures, making visual reading so much fun!

LRH3Resources/activities: bake bread; make pretend/playdough bread using rolling pins; try assorted breads in class – have a taste test.

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PPBF: Rosie and the Nightmares

RosieCoverAuthor/Illustrator: Philip Waechter
Publisher: Handprint Books, 2005; originally in German, Verlagsgruppe Belz, 2005; translation: Christopher Franceschelli
Ages: 3-7yrs
Themes: fear, nightmares, monsters
Opening: Rosie looked deep into the dark red maw. Sharp teeth glittered. Rosie knew her hour had come. She had only seconds left…
Summary: (from my library catalog) Tired of having nightmares about monsters, Rosie the rabbit decides to confront her fears.

Rosie1I like this book because: Yup, sold by the cover. I truly admire illustrators who can make great use of negative space in their compositions, and Waechter is one of them. I was very fortunate to see an exhibit of original work of his at the Wilhelm Busch Museum, in Hannover, Germany in March. This is a great story too, of a rabbit who not only confronts her fears, but OWNS them!

Rosie3Resources/activities: discuss different kinds of fears and the sometimes hilarious names for them, as well as suggestions on how to confront them; draw your own monsters (because that’s what I wanted to do after reading this!).

Rosie4aFor more PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE

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PPBF: The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night

FoxChillyNightCoverAuthor/Illustrator: Peter Spier
Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young readers, 1961, 2014
Ages: 3-7yrs
Themes: fox, folk song, New England
Opening: The fox went out on a chilly night, and he prayed to the moon to give him light,for he’d many miles to go that night before he reached the town-o, town-o, town-o…
Summary: (from my library catalog) The countryside of New England is depicted in the pictures accompanying this folk song in which a fox travels many miles to get dinner for his wife and ten cubs. Includes musical notation.

FoxChillyNightTitlePageI like this book because: my sister used to lead us in song on long car rides while we were growing up, and one of our favorite drives was to go leaf peeping in New England, specifically into Connecticut, every Columbus Day. Though never out-of-print, this reissue is now full-color, as the illustrator was asked to add to the black and white spreads of the original book – over fifty years later! I enjoy both versions.

FoxChillyNight3Resources/activities: learn to sing the song – music in the back of the book; discuss how a folk song might be different than a pop song, and list songs a family might enjoy singing on a car ride (just as the author and his wife sang this one!), as well as other activities we engage in to pass the time.

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PPBF: Pig and Pug

PigPugCoverAuthors: Laura Marchesani and Zenaides A. Medina Jr.
Illustrator: Jarvis
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers, 2015
Ages: level 2 progressing reader
Themes: farm animals, friendhip, commonalities
Opening: Pig lives on a farm. There are four cows. There are ten chickens. There are six sheep. But there is just one pig.
Summary: (from my library catalog) Pig lives on a farm where he is the only animal without a friend until a new creature arrives, Pug, who is not a pig but has a curly tail, snorts, plays in the mud, and just might be a good friend for Pig.

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I like this book because: despite my choice being a leveled reader, it’s narrative is fun to read aloud and the takeaway is endearing. The illustrations are delightful, simple (okay, a little more depth of color/contrast might be too much to expect in a leveled reader, but I’d suggest it for the series), and full of emotion.

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Resources/activities: Compare animal traits; What do we feel would make a good friend and why?; Do we have friends with which we share a lot in common? How important is that? Draw the characters in the book – they are perfect for emulating.

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For more PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE

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PPBF: Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear

HHMDcoverAuthor: N. M. Bodecker
Illustrator: Erik Blegvad
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry, 1998 (originally written in 1975)
Ages: 6-9yrs
Themes: poetry, married life, New England
Opening: American history is filled with stories of brave and powerful men…but have you ever wondered where the women are?
HHMD1Summary: (from my library catalog) A woman frantically rushes to prepare for the fast-approaching winter while her husband sits idly by.

HHMD2I like this book because: Let’s just say I can easily empathize with Mary! Ha! I love the depiction of the change of seasons in Erik Blegvad’s New England, and the simple understated humor in both words and text. I won’t spoil the ending, but I do hope you can get hold of a copy to find out!

HHMD3Resources/activities: Talk about how chores are shared in your household, what chores are specific to the change of seasons.

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For more PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE

Love the cat's shadow in this !

Love the cat’s shadow in this !

PPBF: Rad American Women A-Z

RadAmiWomenCover1Author: Kate Schatz
Illustrator: Miriam Klein Stahl
Publisher: City Light Books, 2015
Ages: 5-9yrs
Themes: alphabet book, women, biography
Opening: American history is filled with stories of brave and powerful men…but have you ever wondered where the women are?
Summary: (from my library catalog) Presents a collection of short biographies of notable American women representing each letter of the alphabet, from Angela Davis and Billie Jean King to Yuri Kochiyama and Zora Neale Hurston.

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I like this book because: I’m a woman too! And I believe it’s always more important than ever to educate both boys and girls on the impact both sexes have on the world (And I hope to see the day where I don’t have to say that!). The vibrant graphic illustrations are a powerful plus. Every non-fiction book should be this exciting!

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Resources/activities: choose a biography in the book that resonates and find out more about the woman and contemporaries in her field or cause; check out the comment section on the Amazon page- HERE

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For more PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE

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PPBF: The Death of the Hat

DeathHatCoverA Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects: selected by Paul Janeczko
Illustrator: Chris Raschka
Publisher: Candlewick, 2015
Ages: 5-9yrs
Themes: poetry
Opening: (from Things, Eloise Greenfield) Went to the corner/ Walked in the store/ Bought me some candy/ Ain’t got it no more/Ain’t got it no more.
Summary: (from my library catalog) The award-winning creators of A Foot in the Mouth present a collection of poems inspired by earthly and celestial objects to reveal how poetry has been an enduring artistic form that reflects the historical periods of its writers.

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I like this book because: I am a BIG Raschka fan, because I love how loose and free his illustrations are, and I know it looks a lot easier to do that than it truly is (still trying!). This volume is particularly special because the collection is a history of poetry – you might be surprised how timeless and fressssshhhh century’s old poetry can be!

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Resources/activities: WRITE poetry! Pick one object you like, and one you don’t. READ poetry! When I feel like  I need a break from writing, revisions, drawing even, I like to read poetry, and I am particularly fond of poetry meant for children (I know it’s a scam to keep the best stuff for kids!).

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For more PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE

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PPBF: It’s Only Stanley

It'sOnlyStanleyCoverAuthor/Illustrator: Jon Agee
Publisher: Dial, 2015
Ages: 4 and up
Themes: stories in rhyme, dogs, humorous stories
Opening: The Wimbledons were sleeping. It was very, very late, when Wilma heard a spooky sound, which made her sit up straight
Summary: (from my library catalog) Very strange noises that keep awakening the Wimbledon family one night have an even stranger source.

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Why I like this book: It’s JON AGEE. Yep, I am a total fan, and I was not disappointed with his latest! Check out my guest post on why he inspires me on Marcie Colleen’s series: Friendspiration Fridays – HERE

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Resources/activities: learn about the intelligence of dogs – HERE; and their emotions – HERE; and some fun facts about dogs, (like a dog’s hearing is four times better than yours!) – HERE

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For more PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE

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