Author: 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.
Why 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!
Resources/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.
For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.