PPBF: The Other Ducks

9FE2F4A8-1EC6-4499-A03D-371E95465AF8Author: Ellen Yeomans
Illustrator: 
Chris Sheban
Publisher: 
Neal Porter/Roaring Brook Press2018
Age: 
4-7
Themes: ducks, humorous stories
OpeningThis Duck and That Duck were the best of friends.

FB319BF0-353A-479A-9644-5A9824116709Summary: (from my library catalog) This Duck and That Duck get along swimmingly. But sometimes two ducks just aren’t enough. especially when you want to waddle in a line. On a bright sunny day, This Duck and That Duck gaze into the clear water of their pond and discover, to their surprise and delight… The Other Ducks. But what happens when the days turn cloudy and gray?

D512E208-36D7-4444-957C-58BD8CB7226DI like this book because: IT’S GORGEOUS! The characters are adorable – but the mood! The soft light of a summer sun low in the sky on a hazy day makes me feel that humid summer days of yore were not all that bad (so easy to imagine from a spot in the semi-desert!) And it’s so funny! The humor builds steadily and by the end I had laughed heartily, out loud, all by myself! I think I want to take this book everywhere I go! Fingers crossed that my 4yr old neighbor comes over very soon.

18A07340-2612-4486-B948-024FD5276AE7Resources/Activities: Visit a pond of course, and look for other ducks! Learn the difference between a diving duck and a dabbler; Take a series of photos with a rubber duck slightly hidden, in your house and/or your garden, and share them with friends who like to find objects hidden in pictures; Read other books about ducks: Make Way for Ducklings/Robert McCloskey, Death, Duck and the Tulip/Wolf Erlbruch, The Ugly Duckling/H.C.Andersen, The Story About Ping/Marjorie Flack; watch this video about ducks for the very young.

2DE826DC-FA45-40A1-9829-126AE259A3D4For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: All Are Welcome

IMG-4406Author: Alexandra Penfold
Illustrator: 
Suzanne Kaufmann
Publisher:
Knopf Books2018
Age:
4-8
Themes: diversity, inclusivity, kindness
Opening: Pencil’s sharpened in their case. Bells are ringing, let’s make haste. School’s beginning, dreams to chase. All are welcome here.

IMG-4409Summary: (from the publisher) Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yarmulkes play side by side with friends in baseball caps. A school where students grow and learn from each other’s traditions and the whole community gathers to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Inspired by Suzanne Kaufman’s viral poster, Kaufman and Alexandra Penfold have created a welcoming picture book that celebrates diversity and gives encouragement and support to all kids.

IMG-4407I like this book because: it celebrates the diversity of the American journey in a familiar setting for children. Many lines like, “Gather now, lets all take part,” show how, as a whole diversity is greater than it’s parts. The vibrant illustrations invite every reader to find themselves in image and in action (esp. love the main character’s tooth gap, just like my daughter’s!). And, as the cover reveals, there is a wonderful poster included in the jacket – the sensation that brought about the collaboration for this classroom treasure!

IMG-4408Resources/Activities: celebrate diversity in your classroom with food, discuss holidays and customs, and compare family values; how are we all different, how are we the same? Read companion books, like The Journey/Francesca Sanna, Migrant/Maxine Trotier and Isabelle Arsenault, or Jalapeño Bagels/Natasha Wing and Robert Casilla; make a school cookbook – like the well-loved one below; my daughter contributed the recipe from Germany, where she was born, pictured further down, which we would serve for any meal – just make sure you fry those potatoes to crispy goodness!

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IMG-4413.jpgFor more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: Baabwaa and Wooliam

613D8E24-C27E-4BA4-B08B-20809849FD25Author: David Elliott
Illustrator: Melissa Sweet
Publisher: Candlewick, 2018
Age: 4-8
Themes: sheep, wolves, reading, knitting

593745FA-8F00-4D57-8EAA-DB9DCDB0EB72Opening: This is Wooliam. He is a sheep. You will note that Wooliam is reading. There are not many sheep who read. But Wooliam is one of them.

92119E42-52B6-47F4-B93C-70532F2BF02DSummary: (from the publisher): Baabwaa is a sheep who loves to knit. Wooliam is a sheep who loves to read. It sounds a bit boring, but they like it. Then, quite unexpectedly, a third sheep shows up. A funny-looking sheep who wears a tattered wool coat and has long, dreadfully decaying teeth. Wooliam, being well-read, recognizes their new acquaintance: the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing! The wolf is so flattered to discover his literary reputation precedes him that he stops trying to eat Baabwaa and Wooliam. And a discovery by the sheep turns the encounter into an unexpected friendship.

8936AC7D-D8DE-45FC-9161-63D2A61E358AI like this book because:The whimsical watercolor-collages are cheerful and satisfying, as I always note them to be in Melissa Sweet’s books, but this time I am especially enjoying the character designs. I want to camp out with these three! But the storytelling! Ahh! It’s the sort I might call cheeky if I new exactly how the British apply the word. In any case it takes me back to stories I’ve read to my children just before they started reading early chapter books on their own, where they had more patience and could soak up all the goodness of a well-layered sense of humor. Have I sold you yet?

8E1409D8-30B4-4EB3-8A4F-246D98B9FFBFResources/Activities: read a book, learn to knit a scarf (check out THIS video), then head out on an adventure – birdsong included. Pack a lunch to take along, unless you like eating grass; make a map of where you’ve been, like the one on page 8; read multiple wolf-themed books so you too can recognize one when you see it! Make a sheep craft, like the one below – more info HERE.

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