PPBF: Wildfire!

Author/Illustrator: Ashley Wolff
Publisher: Beach Lane, 2021
Age: 
3-8
Themes: wildfire, firefighters, forest animals

Opening: Buck hears the rumble. Squirrel sees the flash. Jay spreads the news. ”FireFireFire in the forest!”

Summary: (from my library’s catalog) Illustrations and easy-to-read text reveal the struggles of forest animals to survive when fire breaks out on Spruce Mountain, and the actions of the firefighters who work through the night to stop the blaze.

I picked this book because: The cover had such a strong visual impact I would have picked this to read anyway, but also because I live in a region that has been dealing with wildfires for a long time. My former neighbor was a hotshot firefighter too. I’ve read a few books that deal with fire and natural disaster, but this one is not only beautifully illustrated, but easy for kids to understand, whether they live in a region like mine or not. And highly informative. I am looking forward to sharing this when story time in the bookstore resumes and to read it while making local school visits. Thank you, Ashley Wolff, for creating such an important book!

Resources/activities: read the wonderful details included in the back matter; learn best behavior practices for forest hiking and camping; visit a local fire station.

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

PPBF: How to Help a Pumpkin Grow

Author/Illustrator: Ashley Wolff
Publisher:
 Beach Lane, 2021
Themes
: pumpkins, animals, gardening

Age Level: 2-6
Opening: 
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Synopsis: (from my library catalog) Dog is planting a garden, doing all he can to help his pumpkins grow: protecting them from snow, weeding and watering their patch, and keeping them safe from barnyard creatures who might eat the sprouts! But are Crow, Rabbit, Duck, and Goat really out to destroy the garden? Or are they new friends hoping to pitch in and help the pumpkins thrive?

I picked this book because: of the vibrant artwork: the rich palette, the masterful lighting and use of contrast, and beautifully rendered characters and scenery. And because it’s almost Halloween and this would be an absolutely delightful read-aloud if only I were still doing storytime! Blast Covid!

Resource/Activity: it may be too late to plant seeds this season, but not too early to plan for the next! Map out together where the best spot might be, be sure to have it cleared for planting, but cover with leaves to provide nutrients and moisture (I live in semi-arid dessert territory!). Learn about the different kinds of seeds and order ahead! Also, read Halloween companion books: HERE is a great list in PW.

For more links to posts on Perfect Picture Books and resources, visit Susanna Hill’s blog every Friday.

My #kidlitwomen Homage Doodles 2/2

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It has been a fun activity this month – thanks for all the support and encouragement!

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Inspired by the #kidlitwomen articles and actions during Women’s History Month, I’ve been doodling my Tiger into images from picture books illustrated by a few of my favorites. You can check out the first half (1/2) HERE, or on Instagram, where I also post ‘image packets’ daily from other female illustrators I admire in children’s literature.

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Kris DiGiacomo

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Kelly Light

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Ashley Wolff 

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Pat Hutchins

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Mary Blair

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Isabelle Arsenault 

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Květa Pacovská

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JooHee Yoon

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Lucy Cousins

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Rotraut Susanne Berner

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Helen Oxenbury

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Beatrix Potter

PPBF: In the Canyon

ItCCoverAuthor: Liz Garton Scanlon
Illustrator: Ashley Wolff
Publisher: Beach Lane Books, 2015
Ages: 4-8
Themes: nature, hiking, Grand Canyon, stories in rhyme
Opening: Here’s a map, some boots, a pack, a walking stick, and sandy track.
Summary: (from my library catalog) Illustrations and simple rhyming text present a child who is hiking with a group into the Grand Canyon, enjoying the wonders of nature–whether a lizard, a picture on the stone, or a glimpse of the moon from the bottom..

ItC1I like this book because: it transports me! I haven’t hiked the Grand Canyon yet, but have hiked and camped not to far from there, and, as I said when I first saw some of the illustrations, I could feel the fine red sand building up in my shoes. And the gentle rhyming couplets give the sense of being right there with our young guide. Beautiful!

ItC2Resources/activities: plan a hike; list what will you need to take on a hike in your area; talk about the wildlife you might see on the hike and what clues could help to discover their presence; practice map reading.

ItC4For existing PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE

ItC6Check out Ashley Wolff’s store by clicking on the image (available for purchase) below: