PPBF: The Wanderer

Author/Illustrator: Peter Van den Ende
Publisher: Levine Querido, 2019


Age: 
3+
Themes: wordless picture book, boats, voyages

Opening: see spread below.

Summary: (from my library catalog) Without a word, and with Escher-like precision, Van den Ende presents one little paper boat’s journey across the ocean, past reefs and between icebergs, through schools of fish, swaying water plants, and terrifying sea monsters. The little boat is all alone, and while its aloneness gives it the chance to wonder at the fairy-tale world above and below the waves uninterrupted, that also means it must save itself when storms approach. And so it does. We hope that readers young and old will find the strength and inspiration that we did in this quietly powerful story about growing, learning, and life’s ups and downs..

I like this book because: this is an absolute pleasure to look at! All black and white pen and ink drawings, and endless beauty to get lost in! Take your time and savour it! If anyone knows of a child who has read it, I would love to hear back whether they were as enchanted as I am with this book!

Resources/activities: just dive in to the book; and if that isn’t enough, a video featuring the book and it’s maker featured at the bottom of this post.

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.

PPBF: Seven Bad Cats

9af78837-87bf-4def-a082-a1a043d20ce7Author/Illustrator: Moe Bonneau
Publisher: Sourcebooks, 2018
Age: 3-7
Themes: cats, boats, counting books
Opening: Today I put on my boots and my coat, and seven bad cats jumped into my boat.

f23bd765-6983-4588-b4ca-fefa5bec897bSummary: (from my library’s catalog) From one bad cat that eats from fish traps to seven that flip over the boat, a young girl tells, in rhyme, of an adventure at sea.

56b86a66-17b8-4ed2-adf4-d61e85c68355I like this book because: It’s delightful – best suited word I could find! Great read-aloud-ability despite near rhymes, a fun concept for a concept book, and cats! There is even an element of don’t-judge-a-book-by-it’s-cover added in for extra spice – isn’t that nice?

351a9e6f-1a64-4c3b-a25b-f9f77a781e81Resources/Activities: read a collection of counting books (like One Gorilla, a personal favorite ; use the books to look for and count items on one page that recur on others; identify the color scheme throughout the book.

124382b3-1a4e-4b42-bf02-e5753dedb1dfFor 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: Boats for Papa

BoatsCoverAuthor/Illustrator: Jessixa Bagley
Publisher:Roaring Brook Press, 2015
Ages: 3-7yrs
Themes: mother-child, boats, handicraft
Opening: Buckley and his mama lived in a small wooden house by the sea. They didn’t have much, but they always had each other.
Summary: (from my library catalog)Buckley and his mother cope with the loss of their father/husband by sending small wooden boats, built by Buckley, off into the ocean..

Boats1I like this book because: it is a sweet heartwarming story, perfect for a grieving child – or adult. The illustrations are lovely watercolors proving just the right amount of detail for quiet discovery. Pay good attention to the endpapers – lovely!

Boats2Resources/activities: make a paper sailboat, like the one HERE at YoungAmerica.com; discuss other ways we might feel a connection with lost loved ones, or keep the memories alive.

Boats3For existing PPBF selections, including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE

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