PPBF: The Island and the Bear

IMG-3567.jpgAuthor: Louise Greig
Illustrator: Vanya Nastanlieva
Publisher: Picture Kelpies, 2017
Age: 5-8
Themes: bears, Scottish Hebrides, true stories
Opening: (image below)

IMG-3568.jpgSummary: (from the publisher) One morning on a wild and quiet Hebridean island, a bear appeared where there should not have been a bear. The gentle giant would not harm a living thing. But even friendly bears don’t belong on Scottish islands. Will he ever find his way home?

IMG-3569.jpgI like this book because: the illustrations are warm, inviting, energetic, evoking the feel and climate of life in the Hebrides (favorite read for adults linked in ‘Resources’); the writing is equally evocative, with a rhyming style so gentle it has you believing this is how the islanders themselves speak!

IMG-3570.jpgResources/Activities: read more Scottish stories: about Kelpies, Selkies, the Loch Ness Monster, or Robert the Bruce; Research where Scotland is on a map. How is their climate different from yours? What is a school-day like in Scotland? Fro adults: read some of my favorite books about life in the Hebrides from Lillian Beckwith: The Hills is Lonely, The Loud Halo, Lightly Poached, and Beautiful Just.

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

712E3976-A1A3-418B-9820-42F2C7DA9D69I hope you don’t mind, but I’d like to bring attention to the struggles of teachers serving our communities today. In my state (CO) a walk-out is being planned one week from today – April 27, 2018. If you cannot join them in their protest, send a teacher you know a letter of gratitude, of support, or encouragement as they continue to support and encourage our children. Thank you!

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PPBF: The Easter Egg Artists

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In honor of Women’s History Month I have focused on outstanding female authors and/or illustrators. I admit this last one is a repost, but I couldn’t help myself – I LOVE this book! But to keep it ‘fresh’ I’ve also included images from a few of the numerous books Adams illustrated.

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Author/Illustrator: Adrienne Adams
Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1976
Age: 3-8
Opening: There are Abbotts and there are Abbotts. These Abbotts are rabbits. The rabbit Abbots make the designs on Easter eggs.
Summary: Orson Rabbit’s parents, who paint Easter eggs, follow Orson on his amazing journey in search of his own artistic style.

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Themes: Easter, artists, family, vacation

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like this book because: of the wonderful, warm, and intricate paintings by Adams, but also because of the wonderful Montessori-style lesson in following the child.

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From The Easter Bunny That Overslept

Resources: color mixing at home: http://creatingcuriouskids.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/easter-egg-color-mixing/

0D7CEDE0-97B4-4F02-BEFC-D3D0223E3E51For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: Babies Can Sleep Anywhere & A Winner!

55E3F43F-C5DF-42DD-944D-4DD440FFE8F1.jpegIn honor of Women’s History Month I am focussing on outstanding female authors and/or illustrators. AND in celebration of my 6th BLOGIVERSARY, I will reveal the winner of the GIVEAWAY from last week at the bottom of this post! The winner will receive a picturebook of their choice according to my guidelines.

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43BB20A8-523C-400B-A87D-0C40C9B40797Author: Lisa Wheeler
Illustrator: Carolina Búzio
Publisher: Abrams, 2017
Age: 0-3
Themes: babies, sleep, animals
Opening: (image below)

91CA5B67-32B1-44E4-A23F-E7E8F67B474C.jpegSummary: (from Amazon) This gentle picture book introduces the sleeping habits of many animals—from puppies to whales—and compares them to the sometimes-unusual habits of human babies. In backpacks, on knees, in cradles or trees, sweet babies can sleep anywhere!

2476F70C-0985-4A93-88C2-DF8D3AEC7437I like this book because: I totally fell for the sweet simplicity of the text and renderings! My toddler-age storytime group delights in bright images that are easy to read visually, something they can connect to on a thematic level, solid and smooth read-alouds – especially in rhyme – and cute baby animals are like frosting on the cake!

4D49BD5C-D155-49F3-A12A-9AA640BD38EF.jpegResources/Activities: where do your readers like to sleep if not in their beds? Share stories of falling asleep in funny places, like a laundry basket!

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

The winner of the BLOGIVERSARY GIVEAWAY is… JILANNE HOFFMANN! Please let me know which book you would like in the comments, and according to the following guidelines: the book has to be written by a woman, and illustrated by a woman (yes, it can be a female author/illustrator!). Congrats, Jilanne!

PPBF: Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm & Blogiversary Giveaway!

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In honor of Women’s History Month I am focussing on outstanding female authors and/or illustrators. This week from New Zealand a candidate for the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, Joy Cowley, and illustrator Elizabeth Fuller! AND it’s my 6th BLOGIVERSARY! I’ll be giving away a picturebook of your choice, BUT it has to be written by a woman, and illustrated by a woman (yes, it can be a female author/illustrator!). One other ‘glitch’: I have to be able to purchase a new copy! Just leave a comment to enter, perhaps with the name of a female illustrator you admire!

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Author: Joy Cowley
Illustrator: Elizabeth Fuller
Publisher: Philomel, 2003
Age: 2-6
Themes: farm animals, baths, home
Opening: This is Mrs. Wishy-Washy and this is her farm. Here is her house and her truck and her barn.

MrsWishyWashy1.jpgSummary: (from my library catalog) Tired of being washed by Mrs. Wishy-Washy, a cow, pig, and duck leave her farm and head for the city.

MrsWishyWashy2.jpgI like this book because: I read it to my storytime gang last week and they loved it! Great story of home and family among farm friends, super-smooth read-aloud rhyme, and it’s funny! I searched for a Mrs. Wishy-washy title because the author has been short-listed for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, soon to be announced for this year!

MrsWishyWashy3Resources/Activities: To complement the book, we played pin the mud on the pig! I had bandanas at the ready, but it was just as much fun to have them close their eyes as I spun them each around 3 times (till they were dizzy!). Check out the 235 candidates from 60 countries that were nominated HERE on the short list for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

 

MrsWishyWashy4.jpgFor more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

PPBF: Petra

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On display at Old Firehouse Books

In honor of Women’s History Month I will be focussing on outstanding female authors and/or illustrators.

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Author/Illustrator:Marianna Coppo
Publisher: Tundra Books, 2018
Age: 3-7
Themes: rocks, imagination

PetraEndpapersOpeningNothing can move me. Not the wind. Not time.

Petra2Summary: (from my library catalog) Petra is a little rock who believes she is a mighty mountain… until a dog fetches her for its owner, and she is tossed into a bird’s nest. A mountain? No, Petra is now an egg! An egg of the world in a world of possibility.

Petra3Why I like this book: Beautifully understated illustrations tell a slightly snarky story of confidence tested, a favorite theme of mine. My storytime gang at the bookstore picked it up right off the bat as they walked in. I think that says a lot! Trust the kids, and you might hug it too!

Petra4Resources/Activities: Find a smooth rock to paint; keep it for a pet or give it to someone for their garden or as a paper weight; Learn about the different kids of rocks; play tic-tac-toe with rocks and sticks in the dirt or sand.

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

 

PPBF: The Rabbit Listened

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Book on display at Old Firehouse Books

In honor of Women’s History Month I will be focussing on outstanding books by female authors and illustrators. I reached out to the author/illustrator of today’s Perfect Picture Book pick, Cori Doerrfeld, and asked for the names of a few women she admires making their mark in children’s literature. Click to head to their websites! 

Jane Yolen

Kelly Barnhill

Raina Telgemeier

Thi Bui

Yasmeen Ismail

Jessica Gibson

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Today’s pick is especially perfect: The Rabbit Listened

Author/Illustrator: Cori Doerrfeld
Publisher: Dial, 2018
Age: 3-6
Themes: listening, loss, rabbits

RabbitListenedendpapersOpeningOne day, Taylor decided to build something. Something new. Something special.

RabbitListened1Summary: (from my library catalog) When Taylor’s block castle is destroyed, all the animals think they know just what to do, but only the rabbit quietly listens to how Taylor is feeling.

RabbitListened2Why I like this book: The story is so simple, yet so powerful!! It’s an important lesson to learn for adults and children about what it means to truly listen when a friend is in need. I recently read an article by Swedish children’s book author Ingrid Olsson who wrote about comfort possibly being more important than love as a message in children’s books, and that books themselves can be a great comfort to readers. That certainly rang true for me, and this book is a whole heart example.

RabbitListened3Resources/Activities: learn about meditation and/or breathing exercises; talk about what listening really means; practice listening with role play, ex.: pretend to be Rapunzel, and have another person practice listening to what she would like to say.

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

 

PPBF: This Beautiful Day

ThisBeautifulDayCoverAuthor: Richard Jackson
Illustrator: Suzy Lee
Publisher: Atheneum, 2017
Age: 3-7
Themes: internal rhyme, rain, play
OpeningThis beautiful day…has everyone dancing and spinning and swinging around, has all of us stamping and stomping our feet on the ground.

ThisBeautifulDayendpapers.jpgSummary: (from my library catalog) Undaunted by the rainy weather, three children take their happiness outside and seem to chase the clouds away as they jump, skip, and dance together.

ThisBeautifulDay2.jpgI like this book because: Especially living in an arid climate, in the semi-desert steppe of northern Colorado, I LOVE RAINY DAYS! I didn’t love them so much when I lived in a moist and often cloudy semi-valley (I just made that up!) in northern Germany! I love the multi-media use of pencil, acrylic, and digital in these energetic illustrations and lyrical, rhyming, read-aloud-timing text.

ThisBeautifulDay5Resources/Activities: come up with four fun things you can do on a rainy day – one for each season, and get whatever materials you need for your plans and put them in a box…for a rainy day! Decorate that Rainy Day Box now, or save that activity for…you guessed it!

 

ThisBeautifulDay6.jpgFor more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE. And right now she is hosting The 3rd Annual Valentiney Writing Contest – HERE

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PPBF: I Moved My Hand

IMovedMyHandcover.pngAuthor: Jorge Luján
Illustrator: Mandana Sadat
Publisher: Groundwood, 2014
Age: 3-7
Themes: imagination, bilingual books,
OpeningMoví la mano y encontré u coco. I moved my hand and I found a coconut.

I Moved My Hand2Summary: (from my library catalog)When a little girl moves her hand, she changes the world as she discovers it. As she moves her known world, she discovers her own power and creates everything anew. The poem, written by Argentine poet Jorge Luján, comes from a culture saturated with magic, in which even the very young can make the world by reaching out and moving it. Mandana Sadat’s imaginative illustrations deepen and enrich the text.

I Moved My Hand3.jpgI like this book because: I just spoke with a friend about how we need to keep in mind the ripple effect of our own choices on the rest of the world. This is the perfect compliment to that conversation in a world saturated with bad news, and hopefully an inspiration and reminder to send positive ripples out to affect others in a positive way.

I Moved My Hand4Resources/Activities: Do something for nothing! Get inspired by Joshua Coombes, StreetVet (image below), refuaid, or others near you!

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For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE. And right now she is hosting The 3rd Annual Valentiney Writing Contest – HERE

PPBF: In the Forest

35ABB5D8-D436-4C64-8994-B2D90CF240ACAuthor/Illustrator: Marie Hall Ets
Publisher: originally by The Viking Press, 1944
Age: 2-5
Themes: linear stories, animals, imagination

89A7D0D1-A51C-4406-9211-41A590CF69E5Opening: I had a new horn and a paper hat and I went for a walk in the forest.

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8C4D3BA5-EA81-4438-BD15-7AAE90E93088Why I like this book: I love old gems, and especially ones that are so still absolutely perfect for reading to toddlers. It really is not that easy to find titles that can bridge the gap in ages (0-4) of the attendees to my storytime sessions in the bookstore where I work. I might be able to make a book work, but when I don’t have to subtract or embellish, beyond my own dramatic interpretation (!), well, that’s a sign of picture book genius! And I am not the only one who noticed, it is a Caldecott Honor Book too!

51C66848-FE71-406A-89E4-602F1993DC96.jpegResources/Activities: stage an “In the Forest” parade; play the games mentioned in the book: London Bridge is Falling Down, Drop-the-Handkerchief, and Hide-and-Seek; have a picnic, just like the book!

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PPBF: A Song About Myself

C91C4CEB-6416-40CF-B5F7-E1268B459337Author: John Keats
Illustrator: Chris Raschka
Publisher: Candlewick, 2017
Age: 4-8
Themes: poetry, identity, art
Opening: “1. The was a naughty Boy,”

4E1C54F7-8DAE-4437-B842-33720CD1459DSummary: (from my library catalog) As written in a letter to his young sister when he was feeling homesick on a visit to Scotland, this little-known poem by the beloved poet is filled with playful rhymes that are complemented in this volume by vibrant, energetic watercolors.

15F4960D-6520-407C-B171-BE5E19E1AE76I like this book because: The visuals got me – the loose and lovely style of Chris Raschka that floats my boat, the layout (I don’t talk about book design as much as I should!), the format, and the magical humor of Keats’ wordery.

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