Author/Illustrator: Simon James
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1996, c1991
Themes: whales, letters, teachers
Opening: see below
Summary: (from my library catalog) A young girl and her teacher correspond about the whale she has discovered in her pond.
I like this book because: it’s an oldie, a classic gem, and always reads fresh as a daisy!! Soft illustrations convey the mood and feelings Emily seems to experience, which also lend contrast to Mr. Blueberry’s tone of disbelief! poor Mr. Blueberry!
Resources/activities: read books and look up facts about blue whales; write a letter to one of your teachers, one of your classmates, or a relative or friend; draw something you would hope to find in a pool in your backyard or on the roof of your apartment building!
For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.
Also happy to share a nice review my upcoming book received from Project MUSE!