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.
For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.
Author/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.
Summary: (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.
I 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?
Resources/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.
For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE
Author/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..
I 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!
Resources/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.
For existing PPBF selections, including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE