Author: Matthew Farina
Illustrator: Doug Salati
Publisher: Disney Hyperion, 2019
Themes: show-and-tell, collections, trees
Opening: When 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.