PPBF: The Playgrounds of Babel

Author: JonArno Lawson
Illustrator:
 Piet Grobler
Publisher: Groundwood books, 2019
Age: 
4-8
Themes: playgrounds, language, diverse community
Opening: “(lettering that looks like code).” “What is she saying?” “I’ll translate.”

Summary: (from the publisher) This story begins with an old woman telling a tale to a group of children in a playground. One of the boys can’t understand what she is saying, so another offers to translate. The old woman’s tale is inspired by the Tower of Babel story. Told entirely through dialogue, moving back and forth between the old woman’s tale and the exchange between the two boys, this story raises questions about what divides us and what brings us together, in spite of all our differences.

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: check and see if your local or school library has books in other languages, or bilingual books. Go ahead and “judge them by their covers”. Try and read them aloud, even if you don’t know what you’re saying! It can be fun to try. Now try and decipher what those words might be, based on the language skills you already possess. So many words in English have been borrowed and transformed from other languages, so you might be surprised that you recognize some! Do the pictures seem to help you understand?

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: The Teeny-Tiny Woman

B6820DF0-0D0C-44BE-AED7-02ECDB326454Author/Illustrator: Paul Galdone
Publisher: Houghtoin Mifflin, 1984
Age: 4-7
Themes: folklore, bones, scary stories
Opening: Once upon a time there was a teeny-tiny woman who lived in a teeny-tiny house in a teeny-tiny village.

73D84345-E247-4653-80CC-0D54882D02E4Summary: (from my library’s catalog) Retells the tale of the teeny-tiny woman who finds a teeny-tiny bone in a churchyard and puts it away in her cupboard before she goes to sleep.

3CB0CE98-617F-4460-AA52-4CDF12E3B4B2I like this book because: It’s a teeny-tiny classic, a re-telling of a folktale that has just the right amount of silly in just the right amount of spooky for not so teeny-tiny kids! The illustrations are cute but not too cute too! And it’s so much fun to read aloud – a priority for me!

2B1B158D-6EBB-4D30-8FA5-8DF57652FCE2Resources/Activities: read this at Halloween or at a sleep-over, or on a dark, rainy afternoon; along with other slightly scary titles like A Creepy Pair Of Underwear/A.Reynolds and P.Brown, Big Bad Bunny/Franny Billingsley and G.Brian Karas

5A83BB81-78B9-4E29-B1D4-57E9CC196556For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE

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