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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Almost Halloweensie

Boo hoo! This is NOT an acceptable entry  for Susanna Hill’s Halloweensie Contest (over by 4 words), but I thought I’d post my adaptation of a Storytime action-rhyme for teachers, parents, librarians – or another bookseller! – who might enjoy boo-hooing with toddlers too!

To read all the entries, click HERE

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Creeeaak… My Entry

orange_23-1Susanna Leonard Hill’s 5th Annual Halloweensie Contest*: write a 100-word Halloween story appropriate for children using the words costume, dark and haunt. (I threw in some older sketches for fun – enjoy!)

orange_25(1)Creeeaak…

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?

Trick or treat.

Rick and Pete?

No. Trick or treat!

Oh. Stinky beets?

We’re trick or treaters!

You’re picky eaters?

We’re wearing costumes!

You need the bathroom?

UGH!!!

Bug?

It’s dark out here!

A shark is near?

We’ll bare our teeth!

You like my wreath?

Open the door!

No, I don’t snore,…but I’m hard off hearing.

We’re gonna haunt your house!

You caught a mouse?

Aw, forget it.

Slug and lettuce?

Goodbye…and good riddance!

…Creeeaak…

Why are you leaving? I love kittens!

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*Read the other entries as they are posted over the next 5 days HERE

Best Witches

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No PPBF today – Susanna is busy narrowing down Halloweensie entries (reading them, I got the ‘itch’ to draw). But I’d like to invite you back tomorrow for the start of SteigFEST – a 14-day picture-book-salute to an author-illustrator I very much admire, William Stieg.  orange_24(1)-1

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‘Halloweensie’: Too Big for His Boots

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Fall in Colorado is almost too gorgeous this year! It may have reached 90* yesterday, which was too much, but it’s back down to the 70’s now. More importantly there has been less wind than usual, so the trees are still glowing. I made myself a leaf crown today, AND I wore it all over town!

Susanna Hill’s 4th Halloweensie Contest rules:  write a 100 word or less (mine weighs in at 88) Halloween story appropriate for children, using the words pumpkinbroomstick, and creak.

Too Big for His Boots

“I want a broomstick,” said the cat.

“And, just like yours, a wide brim hat.

I’ll take a pair of pointy boots,

A nighty owl that glares and hoots,

One pumpkin cut to grin that glows,

Two warts like those that itch your nose,

Three blackened crows with crooked beaks,

A chair that rocks with cricks and creaks,…”

That cat! He carried on, and on,

‘Til Witch stood up and freed a yawn.

She waved her wand then thrice she spat.

POOF!

“It’s not your birthday, silly cat!”

LeafCrown5To read more 2014 Halloweensie Contest entries click HERE

Halloweensie Contest

 

It is so much fun to participate in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie ContestBut so challenging to write a story in 100 words or less. Each entry must incorporate 3 terms: spooky, cackle and black cat. Susanna insisted I defend my title (haha – no arm-twisting was necessary!), and though I’ve been avoiding rhyming texts I could not resist – my apologies in advance to my well-metered friends!

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HALLOWEEN COMES TO THE FARM

Full moon ascends velvet sky
Flickering Jack bats an eye

Scarecrow snitch dons a straw hat
Spinal twitch of a black cat

Scritch scratch, ratatatat
Halloween comes to the farm

Restless cows moo sweet and low
Leafless boughs buckle and throw

Strident screech of the barn owl
Ruffles feathers of lesser fowl

Scritch scratch, ratatatat
Halloween comes to the farm

Cobwebs beguile sloping beams
Saddling horse’s pleasant dreams

Spooky sighs thicken the night
Cresting dawn spills early light

Scritch scratch, ratatatat
Halloween comes to the farm

Spirits rise to bid adieu
Dispel night with Cackle-dee-doo!