PPBF: The Greatest Table

Author: Michael J. Rosen
Becca Stadtlander
Creative Editions, 2019
Themes: Food, hunger, community, juvenile poetry
Full titleThe greatest table isn’t set inside a single home – oh no, it spans the continents and no one eats alone.

Summary: (from my library catalog) In a world of bountiful food yet increasing food insecurity, we are called to remember that all creatures have a place–and may be fed sustainably–at the greatest, communal table offered by our planet.

I like this book because: it would be the right one to read at thanksgiving, when we are most willing to be grateful for what we have, but also at other holidays, where we place value on giving of ourselves. And this book combines both in a most eloquent way. The illustrations offer up the kind of detail that makes us slow down to discover them while the words off the page linger in our ears. Delightful!

Resources/activities: cook a meal, plan a picnic, keeping flavors unfamiliar and customs new to you in mind; invite others to a potluck to bring and share.

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

PPBF: Playlist

Author: James Rhodes
 Martin O’Neill
Candlewick Studio, 2019
Themes: Music, classical music, masterworks
Full titlePlaylist: The Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound

Summary: (from my library catalog) “Open your mind to some of the most breathtaking and magnificent pieces of music ever created, and find out why the rebels and revolutionaries who wrote them are responsible for every track on your phone today. Discover their backstories and how each one shaped and defined classical music. Learn about the structure of an orchestra, the language of music, and the history of musical periods. With jaw-dropping artwork and avant-garde design, this visually exquisite celebration of classical music is a surefire hit for both first-time listeners and longtime fans. Budding aficionados will appreciate the online playlist featuring James Rhodes’s favorite selections.”

I like this book because: it’s stunning, like old album covers, and it’s an enthralling intro to classical music. Recently friends been surprised to find out that I play classical music in my car. Really loud too! I realize not as many grew up in a household in which that is pretty much all we were allowed to listen to (when Dad was home!), but I was surprised that I am the “only friend that listens to it in the car”! So I though I would share this book in hopes that others might also get the bug! Classical rocks!

Resources/activities: listen to all the masters introduced in the book, after reading each chapter. That’s it! I don’t want to push it, I want others to love classical too!

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

PPBF: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Author/Illustrator: Charles Mackesy
Harper One/Harper Collins, 2019
Themes: animals, conduct of life, fables
Opening“I’m so small,” said the mole. “Yes,” said the boy. “But you make a huge difference.”

Summary: (from my library catalog – which they took from the publisher!) Charlie Mackesy offers inspiration and hope in uncertain times in this beautiful book based on his famous quartet of characters. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse explores their unlikely friendship and the poignant, universal lessons they learn together. Radiant with Mackesy’s warmth and gentle wit, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse blends hand-written narrative with dozens of drawings, including some of his best-loved illustrations (including “Help,” which has been shared over one million times) and new, never-before-seen material. A modern classic in the vein of The Tao of Pooh, The Alchemist, and The Giving Tree, this charmingly designed keepsake will be treasured for generations to come.

I like this book because: every little thing, every page is a treat! Each little ‘chapter’ will keep every reader thinking for days and days. I recommend it to anyone and everyone – a perfect gift for anyone you love, and especially for those that need to be loved (hint: all of us!) And I haven’t even mentioned the art! Ha! Superb! Go read it! Treasure it, and pass it on!

Resources/activities: create a play with stuffed animals or even home-made puppets or masks; take a walk in nature and sit down once in a while and read a ‘chapter’, think about that chapter until you find another resting spot and repeat with the other ‘chapters’; talk about each ‘chapter’ and what it means to listeners.; read more about the author/illustrator HERE

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