PPBF: Dear Mr.Blueberry

Author/Illustrator: Simon James
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1996, c1991
Themes: whales, letters, teachers

Opening:  see below

Summary: (from my library catalog) A young girl and her teacher correspond about the whale she has discovered in her pond.

I like this book because: it’s an oldie, a classic gem, and always reads fresh as a daisy!! Soft illustrations convey the mood and feelings Emily seems to experience, which also lend contrast to Mr. Blueberry’s tone of disbelief! poor Mr. Blueberry!

Resources/activities: read books and look up facts about blue whales; write a letter to one of your teachers, one of your classmates, or a relative or friend; draw something you would hope to find in a pool in your backyard or on the roof of your apartment building!

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

Also happy to share a nice review my upcoming book received from Project MUSE!

9 thoughts on “PPBF: Dear Mr.Blueberry

  1. For me, 1991 seems like a few years ago. My daughter was 6 and I wish I had known about this gem. We were fascinated with whale stories at that time and there were some really great films out. But, I never saw a blue whale. You must go to a lot of book sales. Sweet choice today!

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    • I get almost all the books I post about from the library, but I am a bit weak for used paperbacks (so I can get more into a bookcase!). I would be lying if I didn’t admit I buy new ones too, just not as many! I’ve never seen any whale outside of an aquarium 🙁


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