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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