PPBF: Out of Nowhere

Author/Illustrator: Chris Naylor-Ballesteros
Publisher: S&S, 2021
Age: 
4-8
Themes: best friends, beetles, metamorphosis

Opening:  Once, I had a friend. She arrived out of nowhere one day. I asked where she’d come from, but she just didn’t know.

Summary: (from my library catalog) A beetle courageously sets out in search of his best friend–a caterpillar that arrived out of nowhere and vanished without warning.

I like this book because: I fell for the cover! I am a fan of metamorphosis stories, and a few are way up there with my favorite books. So, what did this offer that was unique? For one, THE COVER, but all the illustrations are beautifully composed, simple yet striking, and with a limited palette (if you’ve been reading any of my posts you know I go weak in the knees for a limited palette!). And the beetle has so much personality, you just wanna hug them! I am not posting spreads that go too far into the story – I don’t want to spoil the experience for anyone! Find it!

Resources/activities: first, read other metamorphosis stories, and please try my favorite: Tadpole’s Promise, Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross; Read a book with a limited palette similar to Out of Nowhere, like: Shadow by Suzy Lee; watch a video:

A little excitement to share – knowing that an appearance in PW may never happen again!

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

I’m also over at Vivian Kirkfield’s blog TOMORROW talking about I’M A HARE SO THERE! with a GIVEAWAY!

PPBF: 13 Stories About Harris

Author/Illustrator: Amy Schwartz
Publisher: Holiday House, 2020
Age: 
3-7
Themes: best friends, friendship, neighborhoods

Opening:  See image above

Summary: (from my library catalog) Thirteen vignettes reveal the everyday life of Harris, who makes butter with his mother, attends the birthday party of his best friend, Ayana.

I like this book because: It’s so everyday! It celebrates the normal things a child experiences with such gentle humor that the whole book just melts your heart in the sweetest way (also because I am sorely missing my neighbors that moved a few months ago!). I hope others read it – it’s a huggable!

Resources/activities: this book put me in the mood for chalk drawing, but I recently found out that colored chalk is really bad for our water system and has bad effects for aquatic organisms. So while I will be searching for eco-friendly alternatives, I might gather sticks and stones and create a scene on the sidewalk instead and invite your kid(s) to do the same! Check out the work of Andy Goldsworthy for inspiration:

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