Author/Illustrator: Marie Hall Ets Publisher: originally by The Viking Press, 1944 Age: 2-5 Themes: linear stories, animals, imagination
Opening: I had a new horn and a paper hat and I went for a walk in the forest.
Summary: (from my library catalog) The animals join a young boy as he walks through the forest blowing his new horn.
Why I like this book: I love old gems, and especially ones that are so still absolutely perfect for reading to toddlers. It really is not that easy to find titles that can bridge the gap in ages (0-4) of the attendees to my storytime sessions in the bookstore where I work. I might be able to make a book work, but when I don’t have to subtract or embellish, beyond my own dramatic interpretation (!), well, that’s a sign of picture book genius! And I am not the only one who noticed, it is a Caldecott Honor Book too!
Resources/Activities: stage an “In the Forest” parade; play the games mentioned in the book: London Bridge is Falling Down, Drop-the-Handkerchief, and Hide-and-Seek; have a picnic, just like the book!
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The PPBF series on Susanna Hill’s blog is taking a nap – a long summer slumber – but I can’t help myself – gotta share books!
Author: Joyce Dunbar Illustrator:Selina Young Publisher: DK, 1999 Ages: 2-6 Themes: pigs, wishes, bedtime Opening:Once there was a pig who swallowed a magic acorn so that all of her wishes came true. “Oh, I do wish, I could get out of my pigpen and look at the stores,” said the pig. Summary: (from my library catalog) When a pig swallows a magic acorn, all her wishes come true.
I like this book because: The cheerful illustrations from Selina Young attracted me to the book, and the linear and rollicking story of what happens when your wishes come true took my delight to another level – and in the end I was left with a warmed heart!
Resources/activities: Where might your wishes take you? This kind of story could be recreated in the round and each telling would be unique.
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