PPBF: Only Ants for Andy

Author/Illustrator: Jashar Awan
Publisher: Norton Young Readers, 2021
Age: 
3-5
Themes: anteaters, food habits, sloths

Opening: I’m Andy…and I’m very particular. “I like what I like.”

Summary: (from my library’s catalog) A picky anteater named Andy tries out new things with his best friend Sam Sloth and learns that different does not necessarily mean bad.

I picked this book because: I easily identify with books involving picky eaters! There, I said it! And appreciate any book that might have encouraged 5 yr old me to try something new. The illustrations are bright and fun – including the character designs and lovely use of texture. The only thing I feel “picky” about, is that I wish it had been a tiny bit longer! Cute, sweet – TRY it!

Resources/activities: make a list of foods, music, or toys you like. Make a list of food, music, and toys you are curious about. Choose 3 things from the “curious” list and give them a try, even if it has to be one at a time! Read Bread and Jam for Frances, by Russell and Lillian Hoban – my childhood favorite!

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

PPBF: Fox Song

Author: Joseph Bruchac
Illustrator:
 Paul Morin
Publisher: Philomel, 1993
Age: 
6-9
Themes: Abenaki people, nature, inter-generational stories

Opening: The sun came slanting in through the window at the foot of Jamie’s bed. (image below)

Summary: (from my library’s catalog) After the death of her Indian great-grandmother, Jamie remembers the many special things the old woman shared with her about the natural world.

I picked this book because: I placed a hold on it after reading about how few contemporary Native People’s stories are available – a good reason to search a few out! And I am blown away by the beautiful writing and stunning illustrations! The story of Jamie and her memories of her grandmother help her cope with her loss and open a window into their culture and connection with the natural world. Hope you can find this one!

Resources/activities: create a list of nature observations form each month of the calendar year, or add observations made into the family calendar to review again at year’s end.

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