Author/Illustrator: John Hare Publisher: Margaret Ferguson Books, Holiday House, 2019 Age: 3-7 Themes: school field trips, moon, storieswithoutwords
Summary: (from my library catalog) in this wordless picture book, a girl is accidentally left behind on a class trip to the moon.
I like this book because: the landscape Hare created is deceptive – it looks simple, but we are drawn back to each page, practically before turning, to look for what our quick brains have missed, and there is so much to be discovered! Enjoy!
Resources/activities: how would you invite someone to join you in an activity whose language you could not understand? Try it, as a game. think of an activity and try acting it out without words to see if your partner gets it – like charades, but no clues!
For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.
Summary: (from the publisher’s info page) Seeing his reflection in the water, The Man in the Moon thinks it’s another moon and sends the Boy in the Moon to get it for him.
Why I like this book: I love the playful long format and bright cheerful illustrations – even a balloon has personality! It’s cute, silly and I hope my storytime kids like it because I’m taking it to work tomorrow! Will update!
Resources/Activities: read about the moon, how it revolves around the earth, the influence it has on life here, and discuss what it’s made of – while eating cheese of course!
For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.
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!
“Hot diggety!” exclaimed Mole as he burrowed out of the ground one night. “Whatever’s that?”
Mole is so taken with the beauty of the moon that he tries to get it from the sky, but eventually learns to appreciate it where it is.
From Candlewick: A lyrical text and cozy woodland illustrations portray this mole on a mission with gentle humor and charm.
Activity: A writing prompt idea inspired by the tags for this post: Would you have put a mole together with a moon? Think about an animal and add another noun, starting with the same letter, that might not normally be associated with the animal. Examples: turtle and the tundra, rabbit and a rowboat, sloth and a slot machine. Now that gives me an idea!
See Susanna Hill Leonard’s blog for the Perfect Picture Books List of reviews.