PPBF: Vincent and the Night

VincentCoverAuthor/Illustrator: Adele Enersen
Publisher: Dial Books, 2015
Ages: 2-5
Themes: bedtime, night, imagination
Opening: One evening, Vincent decided he didn’t want to go to bed.

VincentendpapersSummary: (from my library catalog) Having decided he does not want to go to sleep, Vincent unravels the blanket of night and transforms it into a cat, a lullaby, and even an elephant before finally giving in and closing his eyes.

Vincent1I like this book because: It’s cute! I love babies, books mixing photographs and line, and good use of black and white. The writing itself may not stand out, but the illustrations carry it with ease.

Vincent2Resources/activities: Use pen or yarn with photos (or magazine snippets) to create your own mixed-media artwork.

Vincent3For existing PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE

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PPBF: Would You Rather…

WouldYouRatherCoverAuthor/Illustrator: John Burningham
Publisher: SeaStar Books, 1978 (Originally published in the UK by Random House, 1978)
Ages: 3-6
Themes: bedtime, decision-making, humorous stories
Opening: Would you rather…

WouldYouRatherTitleSummary: (from my library catalog)A series of comical choices such as, “Would you rather eat spider stew or slug dumplings or mashed worms?” ends with an invitation to bedtime.

WouldYouRather2I like this book because: What fun! The notion of asking the reader to choose between a variety of increasingly silly options to simple questions is genius! A dare any child not to enjoy this! The playful loose drawings are a perfect compliment.

WouldYouRather3Resources/activities: Make up your own set of questions and options to choose from, according to themes, books or units a class might be covering.

WouldYouRather4For existing PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE

PPBF: The Pig Who Wished

The PPBF series on Susanna Hill’s blog is taking a nap – a long summer slumber – but I can’t help myself – gotta share books!

WishCoverAuthor: Joyce Dunbar
Illustrator: Selina Young
Publisher: DK, 1999
Ages: 2-6
Themes: pigs, wishes, bedtime
Opening: Once there was a pig who swallowed a magic acorn so that all of her wishes came true. “Oh, I do wish, I could get out of my pigpen and look at the stores,” said the pig.
Summary: (from my library catalog) When a pig swallows a magic acorn, all her wishes come true.

WishEndpapersI like this book because: The cheerful illustrations from Selina Young attracted me to the book, and the linear and rollicking story of what happens when your wishes come true took my delight to another level – and in the end I was left with a warmed heart!

WishTitleResources/activities: Where might your wishes take you? This kind of story could be recreated in the round and each telling would be unique.

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

PPBF: Elsa and the Night

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Author/Illustrator: Jöns Mellgren (Translation from Swedish by Anita Shenoi)
Publisher: Little Gestalten, 2014
Ages: 4-8yrs
Themes: sleep, night, loss
Opening: Elsa is sitting by the kitchen table, sorting through her granola. “Number seventy-eight,” she mumbles, picking out another raisin. All the lamps are burning. It’s warm in the room.
Summary: (from my library catalog) One day, Elsa hears a creature moving underneath her sofa. When she lures it out, she discovers that it’s the Night. ‘You’re not allowed to be here,’ she says, and puts it in an old cake tin. Fourteen hours later, it’s still day outside.

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I like this book because: Publisher’s Weekly calls it an eccentric story and I have to agree. It might not appeal to everyone, but I beg readers to give it a chance beyond the beautifully composed spreads. I have read a number of reviews and see it hits readers differently. For me this is a story of loss, grief, denial and letting go, told in a tall tale. I hope you all find something special in it for yourselves.

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Resources/activities: a great resource for the art class, this book makes wonderful use of contrasting and harmonious colors, and perfect for teaching composition – students could cut out similarly colored shapes and create their own compositions for study; I believe this is a beautiful resource for discussion on loss, grief, and letting go.

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For more PPBF picks packed with resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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