PPBF: The Hare and the Tortoise

Another classic picture book in the *giveaway series to celebrate my 4th blogiversary.

H&TCoverIllustrator: Brian Wildsmith
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 1966
Ages: 3-7
Themes: hares, tortoises, fables
Opening: A hare and a tortoise were having an argument. The Hare, who could run very fast, thought he was much more clever than the tortoise, who could only move slowly and had to carry his house around on his back.

H&Ta.jpgSummary: (from goodreads) The race is on–the race, quick as lightning, against the tortoise, who not only moves slowly but carries his entire house on his back. Off they go. In a flash, the hare is yards away, flying over the grass. The tortoise has barely moved. Does he have any chance of winning?

H&T1.jpgI like this book because: not only is it a favorite fable, but it’s a stunner, then and now!

H&T3Resources/activities: research the intelligence of animals, as perceived in the past in comparison to now; what differences are there? Does one life skill trump another?

H&T4.jpgFor existing PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE

*giveaway contest rules: find an animal that is present in all four of the classics in the series of picture books, starting with last week’s recommendation: Rosie’s Walk. Mention your guess in the comment section after the fourth book is featured on April 8th.

 

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PPBF, my 500th post and 4th blogiversary!

To celebrate the almost 20,000 visitors and over 50,000 views, over the next weeks I will feature 4 classic favorites of mine, in which one animal is present in all four. Guess which animal and leave an entry in the comment section on April 8th.  I will pull a *winner for a copy of another favorite book…which will be featured 4 weeks from today, on April 15th! Thanks for following!

Rosie'sWalkCoverAuthor/Illustrator: Pat Hutchins
Publisher: Simon and Schuster, 1968
Ages: 3-6
Themes: farm animals, linear stories, picture book classic
Opening: Rosie the hen went for a walk

Rosie'sWalkTitlepageSummary: (from my library catalog) In this picture book, with a story told in very few words, Rosie the hen takes a walk. Although Rosie doesn’t know it, the fox is chasing her.

Rosie'sWalk2.pngI like this book because: The use of bold analogous color and array of patterns in well-balanced yet striking compositions is still fresh! The story is simple, yet enthralling. (*notice the title page sets the stage, above)

Rosie'sWalk3Resources/activities: perfect accompaniment for teaching prepositions (can you come up with more?), or analogous color harmonies; create your own Rosie’s Walk using equipment on the playground.

Rosie'sWalk4.jpgFor existing PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE

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*giveaway rules: find an animal that is present in all four of the classics in the series of picture books, starting with this week’s recommendation, Rosie’s Walk. Mention your guess in the comment section after the fourth book is featured on April 8th.

PPBF: Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea

LeviStraussCoverAuthor: Tony Johnston
Illustrator: Stacy Innerst
Publisher: Harcourt, 2011
Age: 4 and up
Themes: tall-tales, clothing, inventions, Gold Rush
Opening: “GOLD!” somebody yelled. Next thing anybody knew, the whoile world rushed to California and started digging up the place. The trouble was, they rushed so fats, they lost their pants.
Summary: (from my library catalog) Retells, in tall-tale fashion, how Levi Strauss went to California during the Gold Rush, saw the need for a sturdier kind of trouser, and invented jeans.

LeviStrauss1Why I like this book: I LOVE historical fiction, especially when the text makes me laugh, and the illustrations are something to marvel at. This book fits the bill!

LeviStrauss2Resources/Activities: Everyone has an old pair of jeans laying around, right? No? Well, come over and get some from me – I had grand plans for a quilt, but I don’t quilt! Try painting on fabric, maybe even add some decorative details to jeans you still wear.

LeviStrauss3For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: A Crow of His Own

ACrowofHisOwnCoverAuthor: Megan Dowd Lambert
Illustrator: David Hyde Costello
Publisher: Charlesbridge, 2015
Age: 4 and up
Themes: roosters, identity, farm animals
ACrowofHisOwn1.jpgOpening: When Larry was called off to new opportunities, Sunrise Farm suddenly found itself without its prized rooster. The animals overslept and no one knew what to do.
Summary: (from my library catalog) Clyde the rooster is a little scrawny, so he is having a hard time trying to measure up to his predecessor on the farm–but with a little help from a friendly goose he may find a crow of his own.

 

ACrowofHisOwn2Why I like this book: These farm animals have such character! The text is smart, creative and engaging, and there is so much to read in the illustrations. Clyde is a new favorite protagonist!

ACrowofHisOwn4.jpgResources/Activities: discuss the responsibilities of classmates, or family members, and what would be missed if any one person were away.

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

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