Author: Sue Heavenrich Illustrator: David Clark Publisher: Charlesbridge, 2021 Age: 4-9 Themes: flies, counting, humorous non-fiction Opening:See image below
Summary: (from the publisher) Thirteen flies become tasty snacks in this clever reverse counting book about predators and prey. Science meets subtraction as a swarm of flies buzzes along, losing one member to each predator along the way. Includes a guide to eating bugs, complete with nutritional information for a single serving of flies.
I like this book because: the reaction! I just shared this book with a friend and former biologist and the look on her face reading the first page was priceless! disgust and laughter in the first paragraph! we were just talking about education reform, and THIS book epitomizes the approach we would like to see, coupling fun with learning! Solid facts with hilarious humor – and many other levels of practical knowledge. PERFECT!
Resources/activities: pick one of the 13 ways and delve deeper – choose the predator you like the most, and the one that grosses you out the most! And be sure to share your knowledge at the dinner table! Spring is here and so are other insects. Take a walk and note what plants they are attracted to and discuss why you think so; look it up to see if you are close with your assumptions. Make a fly puppet from an old sock (the one that lost its pair), buttons, some stuffing, and pipe cleaners.
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: John Burningham Publisher: Candlewick Press, 1996 (originally published by Jonathon Cape, 1980) Age: 3-5 Themes: shopping, city life, problem solving Opening: “Run down to the store for me, will you, Steven, and buy six eggs, Five bananas, four apples, three oranges for the baby, two doughnuts, and a bag of chips for your snack. And leave this note at Number 25.” Summary: (from my library catalog) On his way home from a quick trip to the store, Steven encounters several marauding animals ready to relieve him of his goods.
Why I like this book: this book embodies what I love so much about John Burningham’s work: he incorporates something to learn without hitting kids over the head, gives a child character’s imagination full credit, and in the illustrations he also packs in humor and emotion in just the right amounts. Brilliant!
Resources/Activities: go shopping with a list; think about who might approach you wanting any of the items on your list and why; make a note of different scenes you pass along the way; did you forget anything on the list?
For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.