PPBF: 2 Cinderella Tales

RoughfacedGirlcover.pngAuthor: Rafe Martin
Illustrator: David Shannon
Publisher: G.P.Putnam’s Sons, 1992
Age: 5-9
Themes: Algonquin Indians, Cinderella
Opening: Once, long ago, there was a village by the shores of Lake Ontario.

roughfacedgirl1.jpgSummary: (from my library catalog) In this Algonquin Indian version of the Cinderella story, the Rough-Face Girl and her two beautiful but heartless sisters compete for the affections of the Invisible Being.

RoughfacedGirl2.jpgWhy I like this book: After reading a collection of tales illustrated by Edmund Dulac, and being interested in the Cinderella illustration (see below), I sought out other versions, and wanted to share two of the most stunning I found.

Yeh-Shencover.jpgAuthor: Ai-Ling Louie
Illustrator: Ed Young
Publisher:  Philomel, 1982
Age: 5-9
Themes: Chinese tales, Cinderella, Stepchildren
Opening: Once, long ago, there was a village by the shores of Lake Ontario.

Yeh-Shen1.jpgSummary: (from my library catalog) This version of the Cinderella story, in which a young girl overcomes the wickedness of her stepsister and stepmother to become the bride of a prince, is based on ancient Chinese manuscripts written 1000 years before the earliest European version.

Yeh-Shen2.jpgResources/Activities: Find more versions, of this tale and others. Compare and contrast what you like, or don’t like, about each one.

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from Edmund Dulac’s picture-book for the French Red Cross

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

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PPBF: We All Count

3BAC8C1C-5334-4A90-B509-9252EC4D1A50Author/Illustrator: Julie Fleet
Publisher: Native Explore, 2014
Age: 2-7
Themes: Cree numbers, counting book, American Indian culture
Opening: see image below

4EDD33E0-1517-46E2-B657-877FC2415B81Summary: We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers is a bilingual board book. The numbers 1-10 are presented in English and Cree with phonetic pronunciations to help young readers.

D22D7AEA-24BE-46B7-BFCA-241065CC221AWhy I like this book: I have had this one out from the library many times and could not decide if I’d like to recommend it here, only because I wondered if younger children, for whom board books are made, would be able to get as much out of it as I do. Reading it with my very young neighbor convinced me that it is indeed a PPB! I think it’s stunning as well as interesting, but my neighbor found it as engaging as I did, albeit on another level. And we read it again!

23087485-58DC-4709-8D48-BE6C2107E1C6Resources/Activities: read this interview or this interview with the author; read it with other bilingual board books, or others from the same artist!

As Thanksgiving approaches, I’d like to remind adults to contemplate the truth and the horrors of the  first Thanksgiving.

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

PPBF: Still Stuck

StillStuckcoverAuthor/Illustrator: Shinsuke Yoshitake
Publisher: Abrams, 2017 (originally in Japan by Bronze Publishing, 2015)
Age: 2-6
Themes: getting dressed, families, bathtime
OpeningIt all started when Mom said it was time for a bath. She wanted to help me get ready, but I told her I could do it all by myself.

StillStuck1Summary: (from the interwebs) Getting dressed and undressed can be difficult, especially for little ones. While getting ready for a bath one evening, a little boy gets stuck in his clothes. He panics and starts to fear what life would be like if he never got unstuck. How will he play outside? How will he stop the cat from tickling his tummy? It’s good thing that Mom is around to help. But when it’s time to put on his pajamas, the boy finds himself with a whole new problem . . .

StillStuck2Why I like this book: I work in a bookstore. The library is my second home. I visit big box stores, maybe once a season – or less. But maybe I should more often. It’s where I found this book, sticking out like a sore thumb amidst the glittery, sparkly, too pink or too commercial covers (and some comfortable favorites too, but I just told you I am biased. You got that, right?). What a gem! I want you to discover it like I did though. Go!

StillStuck3.pngResources/Activities: discuss everyday difficulties and make a list of pros and cons – is the predicament good, or bad, and how can you tell? Take a bath! Ha!

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

PPBF: The One and Only Marigold

876E0AF0-14CE-4D0C-8C66-6A38A0E504BF.jpegAuthor: Florence Parry Heide
Illustrator: Jill McElmurry
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade, 2009
Age: 4-8
Themse: families, individuality, friendship
Opening: (from the title page) Marigold did not agree with her mother, or her father, or her friend Maxine. But she agreed with herself, and that was the important thing.

54BD7A24-A237-48CA-997D-CC4E4876A0A1Summary: (from my library catalog) Relates the misadventures of Marigold, a monkey, as she shops with her mother for a coat, makes a hobby of “bugging” her best friend, Maxine the hippo, and imaginatively copes with finding the right outfit for the first day of school.

FB6DD441-D8E8-424E-9CA7-6B44E0F8AEB1.jpegWhy I like this book: I chose this book today in honor and memory of a dear friend, the wonderful artist and illustrator, Jill McElmurry, whose work on The Little Blue Truck series you may be familiar with. Today would have been her 63rd birthday. If you manage to find a copy, share it with a child or read it yourself, and enjoy Jill‘s work paired with FHP‘s wonderful rich text. That‘s all for today.

2BFF14C4-8B7F-4E64-8D4C-C35CC03A8224.jpegResources/Activities: Hug someone you love today.

E7BAE5BC-14D7-4723-8648-E583B20A2D56For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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