PPBF: Little Mouse’s Big Breakfast

Author/Illustrator: Christine Pym
Publisher: Nosy Crow, 2018
Age: 
3-7
Themes: mice, breakfast, hunger

Opening:  On a cold crisp day, as the night crept in, a hungry little mouse discovered he had nothing to nibble for breakfast the next morning.

Summary: (from my library catalog) When Little Mouse realizes he has nothing for breakfast the next morning, he makes his way to the kitchen next door and finds all sorts of appetizing foods that will be perfect for his breakfast..

I like this book because: I’ve been thinking a lot of my friend who lives on Blueberry Hill, and reading this reminded me of her, not because her eyes are bigger than her belly, but her heart is so generous! And it’s got beautiful illustrations sprinkled with fun details, a delicious palette, striking compositions – and an adorable story!

Resources/activities: discuss your favorite breakfast foods; talk about Mouse’s food choices and which ones are healthy and why; consider filling our plates with our eyes compared to our appetites; gather objects and give them food names from the book, then see how many you can stack before it all tumbles down.

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

I’m also over at Writer’s Rumpus today talking about I’M A HARE SO THERE!, with a GIVEAWAY!

PPBF: The Greatest Table

Author: Michael J. Rosen
Illustrator:
Becca Stadtlander
Publisher: 
Creative Editions, 2019
Age: 
4+
Themes: Food, hunger, community, juvenile poetry
Full titleThe greatest table isn’t set inside a single home – oh no, it spans the continents and no one eats alone.

Summary: (from my library catalog) In a world of bountiful food yet increasing food insecurity, we are called to remember that all creatures have a place–and may be fed sustainably–at the greatest, communal table offered by our planet.

I like this book because: it would be the right one to read at thanksgiving, when we are most willing to be grateful for what we have, but also at other holidays, where we place value on giving of ourselves. And this book combines both in a most eloquent way. The illustrations offer up the kind of detail that makes us slow down to discover them while the words off the page linger in our ears. Delightful!

Resources/activities: cook a meal, plan a picnic, keeping flavors unfamiliar and customs new to you in mind; invite others to a potluck to bring and share.

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