PPFB: Karen’s Opposites

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One of my favorites in celebration of Alice Provensen, who passed away at age 99 just weeks ago, on April 23, 2018. 

Author/Illustrator: Alice and Martin Provensen
Publisher: Golden Press, 1963
Age: 2-5
Opening: (see spread below)
Summary: concept book of opposites.

KarensOpposites2Themes: opposites, siblings, children

KarensOpposites3.jpgI like this book because: It is a PERFECT concept book. Yup. Think I’m exaggerating? Go find a copy and we can talk.

KarensOpposites6Resources: Look for other opposites in your home, classroom. Read more about the Provensen. According to Alice, “we were a true collaboration. Martin and I really were one artist.” Read the NYT obituary here.

KarensOpposites7For 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: What Is a Color?

WhatIsAColor?Authors/Illustrators: Alice and Martin Provensen
Publisher: Golden Press, 1967
Age: 2-5
Themes: color
OpeningWhat is color? You can’t taste it. You can’t smell it. You can’t hear it. You can’t feel it. But you know it when you see it. You can see a color.WhatIsAColor?2Summary: (from my library catalog) Illustrated by the authors, this book provides an introduction to color through text and pictures of familiar objects and scenes. Included full-page and double-spread illustrations.

WhatIsAColor?6.jpgWhy I like this book: The illustrations speak for themselves: fresh, inviting. Wow! Thanks to Jama Kim Rattigan, once again, for introducing me to a book to swoon over.

WhatIsAColor?7.jpgResources/Activities: Walk around the house or classroom and place yellow objects in a bag or basket, then all the other colors mentioned in the book. If you have enough objects, create a rainbow!

WhatIsAColor?8.jpgFor more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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#pb10for10 – fresh classics

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I just had to jump in, so forgive me, please, if I am not following guidelines. In the vein of ‘make new friends’, but keep the old’, here are 10 picture book gems I wouldn’t want to live without, and I hope one or two may be new to you. Of course, I’m using the label old rather loosely – a book I may have read to my now adult kids. In no particular order:

Miss Twiggley’s Tree

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Brave Irene

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One Morning in Maine

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Tikki Tikki Tembo

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Willy and Hughwilly-hugh

Dinner at Alberta’s

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My Little Henmylittlehen1

The Three Robbers

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The Story of the Little Mole Who Went in Search of Whodunit*maulwurf

We read this title in German, but I prefer the direct translation: From the Little Mole Who Wanted to Know Who Pooped on His Head

Miss Rumphius

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Cathy Mere at Reflect & Refine and Mandy Robek at Enjoy and Embrace Learning organize this event. Look for the hashtag #pb10for10.

 

 

 

PPBF: Our Animal Friends

 

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Author/Illustrator: Alice and Martin Provensen
Publisher: Random House, 1974
Ages: 3-8yrs
Themes: farm animals, domestic animals, farm life
Opening: Who lives at Maple Hill Farm?
Summary: (from Amazon) Two dogs, five horses, a pig, some geese, lots of chickens, a few cows, a few goats, several sheep, and four special cats — these are the animals at Maple Hill Farm.
With simple text that is both affectionate and wry, and irresistible illustrations that burst with personality, Alice and Martin Provensen bring their barnyard friends to life for the delight of animal lovers both young and old.

I like this book because: this picture book tells all about farm life, even without the words and I appreciate the range of children that can enjoy this – even on their own. The well designed spreads pictures are humorous yet honest – maybe that’s what makes them so timeless.

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Resources/activities: sing Old MacDonald; list all the farm animals you can think of and talk about why they might be kept on a farm (other than sheer cuteness!); visit a farm, preferably a working farm. My city of choice, Fort Collins, CO, has one that serves ‘as an educational and interactive experience for residents and visitors’, where one ‘can learn more about the industry that shaped this region, have interactive, hands-on farm fun, and introduce your child to agriculture and farm life while visiting’ – for more info click HERE

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