PPBF: Illuminature

IlluminatureCover.jpgAuthor: Rachel Williams
Illustrator: Carnovsky (design team)
Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions, 2016
Age: 3-8
Themes: color, flora, fauna

Illuminatureendpapers.jpgSummary: (from Amazon) Explore ten of the world’s most diverse environments and reveal their hidden secrets with a magic, three-colored lens that illuminates each page in a kaleidoscope of color.
Discover the dark and mysterious creatures of the night, whose super-sensory powers allow them to live and survive in the shadows, then switch the lens to step into daylight, where the heat of the sun supercharges the secret lives of creatures big and small. Finally, use the third lens to reveal the luscious plant life of every habitat as you travel through a jungle, a reef, grasslands, woodland and uncover a world that never sleeps with Milan-based design-duo, Carnovsky.

Illuminature1.jpgI like this book because: it’s bright, fun, and a new adventure unfolds on every page! The educational and experimental aspects are multi-layered – I only wish for a second lens so one could explore what happens when you double up the filters! I chose it for the last PPBF pick of  2017 to ring in the new year with a big, bold bang!

Illuminature2.jpgResources/Activities: Honestly, none are necessary due to all that is provided, but why not explore with the lenses around the house or outside, just for the fun of it; go to the library to look for older reference books on flora and fauna to discover the beauty of nature drawings from hundreds of years ago (Maria Sybille Merian is a personal favorite!)

Check out these bold and bright creautures we met on a recent visit to the Xeriscape Demonstration Gardens outside the Glendale Public Library in Arizona (below)

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For 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: What Is a Color?

WhatIsAColor?Authors/Illustrators: Alice and Martin Provensen
Publisher: Golden Press, 1967
Age: 2-5
Themes: color
OpeningWhat is color? You can’t taste it. You can’t smell it. You can’t hear it. You can’t feel it. But you know it when you see it. You can see a color.WhatIsAColor?2Summary: (from my library catalog) Illustrated by the authors, this book provides an introduction to color through text and pictures of familiar objects and scenes. Included full-page and double-spread illustrations.

WhatIsAColor?6.jpgWhy I like this book: The illustrations speak for themselves: fresh, inviting. Wow! Thanks to Jama Kim Rattigan, once again, for introducing me to a book to swoon over.

WhatIsAColor?7.jpgResources/Activities: Walk around the house or classroom and place yellow objects in a bag or basket, then all the other colors mentioned in the book. If you have enough objects, create a rainbow!

WhatIsAColor?8.jpgFor more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: Strong As a Bear

strongasabearcoverAuthor/Illustrator: Katrin Stangl
Publisher: Enchanted Lion, 2016 (Originally published in Germany in 2013 as Stark wie ein Bär.)
Age: 2-6
Themes: metaphors, concept books
Opening: *see first spread image below the endpaper image.
Summary: (from my library catalog) A series of children show how they are free as a bird, quick as a hare, mischievous as a monkey, quiet as a mouse, and strong as a bear.

StrongAsABearendpaper.jpgWhy I like this book: I actually liked this so much more at the second look – as with too many things, we move too fast and don’t savour the journey, but kids are still smart about that and I believe they will see straight off that this is an invitation to role play, to thinking out of the box, and the robust use of color and composition grabs a tight hold!

strongasabear1Resources/Activities: discuss the analogies made and make a new list and act them out; use in an art class to discuss how to use a limited color palette to extend powerful messages and imagery.

StrongAsABear2.jpgFor more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: Daytime Visions, An Alphabet

DaytimeVisionsCoverAuthor/Illustrator: Isol
Publisher: Enchanted Lion, 2015 (adapted into Engl. by Isol and Elisa Amado)
Age: 3 and up
Themes: alphabet, feelings, color
Opening: Aa – That’s not an answer.
Summary: (from my library catalog) This alphabet book explores feelings, raises questions, and features rich, thought-provoking pictures.

DaytimeVisionsEndpapersResources/Activities: compare with other alphabet books; make your own personal alphabet book; read about Isol’s work at Picturebook Makers; visit Isol’s blog.

DaytimeVisions1Why I like this book: Simple, clever collages – all playful explorations of letters, sounds and color which will put anyone in the mindset for learning.

DaytimeVisions2For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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