PPBF: Fox Eyes

D8B82C31-BBC7-4332-A18B-6DE3C5519C5BAuthor: Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrator: Garth Williams
Publisher: Pantheon Books, 1951; illustrations: 1977
Age: 3-7
Themes: foxes, animals, animal habits
1906972E-DDDD-46F2-B592-37C2F299A81F.jpegOpening: (image below)

F6796E5F-22DD-46F2-B165-9B123A1464D8Summary: (from my library’s catalog) A fox causes consternation among the animals whose secrets he discovers. Little do they realize that because of the fox’s secret, they have no cause for worry.

C2645C92-FC2A-4C0B-AABA-BD2494979161.jpegI like this book because: I was intrigued by an image that Jama Kim Rattigan posted from the book and was so glad I could get it through my local library system. And that cover!!! Wow! What a surprise! But my favorite part of the book has become the sound of the fox’s cough – Whiskerchew!

552FC49D-1B94-44BC-8694-DCBCBB7E7C31Resources/Activities: great companion book when discussing animal habits, habitats, and their sleeping and hunting rhythms, together with Night Animals from Gianna Marino, or Owl Moon from Jane Yolen.

E6CCE695-B7EC-45C8-A462-9070B38C4AF7.jpegFor more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: The Little Fir Tree

littlefirtreecoverAuthor: Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrator: Barbara Cooney
Publisher: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1954
Age: 3-7
Themes: trees, growth, christmas story
Opening: A little fir tree stood by the edge of a forest, a little way off from the great green trees.
Summary: (from my library catalog) A lonely little fir tree, standing by itself at the edge of the forest, has its life transformed when a father takes it home to serve as a living Christmas tree for his bedridden son.

littlefirtree1Why I like this book: I like this version of Margaret Wise Brown’s book out of sentimentality: my beloved school librarian, Mrs. Nurnberg, read this one to us in elementary school.

 

littlefirtree2Resources/Activities: take a walk in the forest and identify trees by their species and their age; discuss illnesses and what an illness might prevent one from doing; share your favorite Christmas songs.

littlefirtree4For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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