Author/Illustrator: Matthew Forsythe Publisher: Paula Wiseman, S&S, 2019 Age: 3-6 Themes: Forest animals, musicians, drum Opening: The biggest mistake Pokko’s parents ever made was giving her a drum. They had made mistakes before .
Summary: (from my library catalog) When Pokko plays her drum in the forest she suddenly finds herself surrounded by an entire band of animal musicians.
I like this book because: it’s a stunner! I’d buy this book even if it didn’t have words! The palette is warm and harmonious, the rendering rich and radiant! Forsythe has also managed to present us with endearing characters both parent and child can identify with! And the humor! It is sweet and subtle, but still bound to make you laugh out loud!
Resources/activities: play instruments, and if you don’t have any, make them – click HERE for ideas
For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.
Author/Illustrator: Roger Duvoisin Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books, 2016; originally in 1961 Age: 3-8 Themes: forests, forest animals, hunting Opening: Mr. Bobbin lived in a little house by the edge of the forest. he loved to sit on the bench by his door and smoke his pipe while he watched the hills, the sky, and the wild animals. Summary: (from my library’s catalog) A man who lives at the edge of the forest buys himself all the proper hunting equipment, and is very happy walking through the forest and aiming his gun, but never shooting.
Why I like this book: One more beautifully illustrated classic for April, but and this one is new to me. I identify with our protagonist: I also like to sit on the bench by my front door and watch my surroundings, although the only truly ‘wild’ animal I ever see is my one-year old neighbor, Jane. She roars, AND eats picture books! The writing is perfectly paced to savor this sweet story, any time of year.
Resources/Activities: discuss what your child(ren) can see from their front door, where they might otherwise like to go to view nature; go on a hike or nature walk; make a list of wild animals that are natural to your areas.For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.
Author/Illustrator: Akiko Miyakoshi Publisher: Kids Can Press, 2015 (originally published in Japanese: Mori no Okuno Ochakai e, Kaisei-Sha Publishing, 2010 ) Ages: 3-7 Themes: forest animals, parties, imagination Opening: That morning, Kikko had awoken to a winter wonderland. It had snowed all night.Now her father was off to Grandma’s house to help clear the walk.
Summary: (from my library catalog) As Kikko goes through the woods to bring a pie to her grandmother, she happens upon a home full of animals and joins their tea party.
I like this book because: It’s breathtakingly beautiful. The story is a simple flight of imagination, and anyone would wish to be in the main characters place.
Resources/activities: Plan a tea party. Who would you invite? What would you serve? This might also be fun to act out with puppets.
For existing PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE