PPBF: Lawrence in the Fall

Author: Matthew Farina
Illustrator:
 Doug Salati
Publisher: 
Disney Hyperion, 2019
Age: 
3-7
Themes: show-and-tell, collections, trees
OpeningWhen Lawrence saw the chalkboard, he froze .

Summary: (from my library catalog) Lawrence the fox accompanies his father into the forest to collect something to take to his school show-and-tell, and while briefly lost and alone, Lawrence encounters the beauty of nature and finds exactly what he needs.

I like this book because: I’ve been there, frozen with the thought I would have nothing to share with my classmates. I didn’t have anything, but I also didn’t understand what a hobby or collection is, so how could I share it? I was equally drawn in by the delicate nature of the telling in the text and the illustrations. Find a copy to read – and share, of course!

*All the shadows in the photos are from yellow-twig dogwood leaves!

Resources/activities: there are so many discussions this book might be used to initiate: school, collections, hobbies, nature in general, and  trees specifically. Maybe children would find even more topics after reading it! Here are instructions for making a leaf crown, one of my favorite things to do in the fall, like the one at the bottom of this post: HERE

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