PPBF: The Wild Baby Goes to Sea

Author: Barbro Lindgren, translated by Jack Prelutsky
 Eva Ericsson
Publisher: Greenwillow Books, 1983 (orig.1982)
Themes: Mothers and sons, imaginations, stories in rhyme
Opening: Baby Ben was twice as wild as any other ten, there never was another child as wild as Baby Ben.

Summary: (from my library catalog) While his mother cleans house, rambunctious baby Ben sets sail in a wooden box and has many adventures.

I like this book because: the main character is just too cute! For those of us cooped up inside today, Baby Ben shows us we can still have adventures, you just need a little imaginative. Perfect book for these difficult times!

Resources/activities: get out the cardboard boxes, the laundry baskets, the pillows, blankets, and brooms! Bon voyage!

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

PPBF: Benny and the Binky


Author: Barbro Lindgren (English Translation: Elisabeth Kallick Dyssegaard)
Illustrator: Olof Landström
Publisher: R&S Books, 20o2; First Published in Sweden as Jamen Benny, 2001
Age Level: 2-5
Themes: siblings

Opening: Benny has a brother now. He wanted one. And then he got one.
Summary: (From Amazon) One morning Benny awakens to find a bassinet standing next to him. Finally, Benny has a brother! All Benny’s new sibling does is scream and scream – until his mother gives him a binky. Benny wants a binky, too, but his mother says he’s too old for one. And Benny’s brother isn’t willing to share. Benny soon grows tired of his new brother – he’d rather have the binky. So when his mother isn’t looking, Benny runs away with the binky. He feels triumphant, until he meets up with some porcine bullies. Fortunately, he is rescued, and after running all the way home, Benny restores the binky to its rightful owner.
Why I like this book: There are picture books I admire for their stunning illustrations, the orchestration of their design, or their transporting texts that hum in my head for days. A few collaborations have a good marriage of these elements, and finding them is a complete thrill. And then there are  the very few I find difficult to describe: the renderings are cute, simple on first glance. The text doesn’t necessarily sing with rhyme or alliteration. But when I turn the pages slowly, carefully, I realize I’ve been duped. A clever deceptive sort of perfection. The only word that rings, that even comes close is  T R U E . This book is.

Activities/Resources: This is the kind of book I wish we’d had when our second child arrived, it might have led to good discussions on what our oldest was expecting, and how they felt after the arrival. This is the perfect time to reintroduce baby games that an older sibling could teach his or her new sibling: finger plays, nursery songs and rhymes. Here is a board on Pinterest, that might spark…interest (sorry – couldn’t help myself!). And if you are as enamored as I am with this book, read more Benny books along with this Kirkus review.

Check out the cute video: http://www.wimp.com/pacifierwar/