PPBF: Looking for a Moose

Author: Phyllis Root
Illustrator: Randy Cecil
Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2006
Age Level: 3-5
Themes:moose, stories in rhyme
Opening: “Have you ever seen a moose- a long-leggy moose- a branch-antler, dinner-diving, bulgy-nose moose?”
Summary: (From Amazon) Spurred by Phyllis Root’s sing-songy text and Randy Cecil’s buoyant illustrations, this hunt for an elusive moose through woods, swamps, bushes, and hills is just as fun as the final surprise discovery of moose en masse.

original is in color

Why I like this book: It’s just a fantabulous read-aloud, with energetic rhythm, but also because it reminded me of a naive search for moose in the white mountains of New Hampshire, many noons ago. A ranger happened upon us and let us know the noises we heard were squirrels, and the moose would not be as close to the road at that time of day. Ahem.

Activity: make your own moose antlers – click on the photo for instructions on activitybucket.com; create rhyming adjectives by putting two words together to describe something, or make up some new ones.

Moosey on over to Susanna Hill’s blog for more Perfect Picture Books and activities – any day!

PPBF: Benny and the Binky


Author: Barbro Lindgren (English Translation: Elisabeth Kallick Dyssegaard)
Illustrator: Olof Landström
Publisher: R&S Books, 20o2; First Published in Sweden as Jamen Benny, 2001
Age Level: 2-5
Themes: siblings

Opening: Benny has a brother now. He wanted one. And then he got one.
Summary: (From Amazon) One morning Benny awakens to find a bassinet standing next to him. Finally, Benny has a brother! All Benny’s new sibling does is scream and scream – until his mother gives him a binky. Benny wants a binky, too, but his mother says he’s too old for one. And Benny’s brother isn’t willing to share. Benny soon grows tired of his new brother – he’d rather have the binky. So when his mother isn’t looking, Benny runs away with the binky. He feels triumphant, until he meets up with some porcine bullies. Fortunately, he is rescued, and after running all the way home, Benny restores the binky to its rightful owner.
Why I like this book: There are picture books I admire for their stunning illustrations, the orchestration of their design, or their transporting texts that hum in my head for days. A few collaborations have a good marriage of these elements, and finding them is a complete thrill. And then there are  the very few I find difficult to describe: the renderings are cute, simple on first glance. The text doesn’t necessarily sing with rhyme or alliteration. But when I turn the pages slowly, carefully, I realize I’ve been duped. A clever deceptive sort of perfection. The only word that rings, that even comes close is  T R U E . This book is.

Activities/Resources: This is the kind of book I wish we’d had when our second child arrived, it might have led to good discussions on what our oldest was expecting, and how they felt after the arrival. This is the perfect time to reintroduce baby games that an older sibling could teach his or her new sibling: finger plays, nursery songs and rhymes. Here is a board on Pinterest, that might spark…interest (sorry – couldn’t help myself!). And if you are as enamored as I am with this book, read more Benny books along with this Kirkus review.

Check out the cute video: http://www.wimp.com/pacifierwar/

Jingle Contest

I TRIED! This is the only thing I could upload, and as you can see I was silly enough to film myself in my pjs!

In case you were wondering what got me out of bed to do this – it’s for The Can’t Sleep Without Sheep E-Book Launch Jingle Contest! Go to Susanna Hill’s blog to see and/or hear the other entries.

If you’ll excuse me, I’ll go get dressed now.

ps – I don’t sleep with the scarf, but doesn’t it go well with my jammies?

If you want to snuggle with the ebook – click here

PPBF: When I Was Born

Author: Isabel Minhos Martins
Illustrator: Madalena Matoso
Publisher: Tate Publishing, 2010; First Published in Portuguese as Quando Eu Nasci; Planeta Tangerina, 2010
Age Level: 3-8
Themes: world around us, senses
Opening: When I was born I had never seen anything. Only the darkness of my mother’s tummy.
Summary: (From Amazon) When I Was Born revisits the adventure of discovering the world for the first time. Breathing, seeing, hearing, tasting, and touch are encountered afresh in this beautifully illustrated, poetic tale, reintroducing readers to the richness and delight of life.

Click on image for more pics and  a mini review by awesome print maker Mina Braun.


Why I like this book: I love the simple, bright, eye-pleasing art. The artist makes wise use of  negative space. And the whole design, especially the text font gives it a 60’s feeling. The story is a gentle journey of curiosity and falling in love with the world. Read this excerpt aloud: Or how nice it is when someone whispers in your ear. Or how loud it can be when something falls. Or how a leaf falling just goes: plip!

Activity: Talking about the senses and identifying favorite sights, sounds, tastes will probably come naturally from the child(ren) being read to.

Related review : http://minabraun.blogspot.com/2010_12_01_archive.html