PPBF: Isabella’s Garden and a WINNER

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Author: Glenda Milllard
Illustrator: 
Rebecca Cool
Publisher: 
Candlewick Press, 2009 (First US edition 2012)

  • Age: 3-7
  • Themes: gardening

Opening: This is the soil, all dark and deep, in Isabella’s garden. These are the seeds that sleep in the soil, all dark and deep, in Isabella’s garden.
Summary: (Provided by publisher) “In Isabella’s garden, amazing things come from the tiniest of seeds as they bloom and flourish and make way for a whole new season of growth.”

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Why I Like This Book: It’s bright, cheery illustrations have a fair-tale quality to them, enough to pick this off the shelf, but I was really attracted to the lyrical word play tip-toes on the tongue! Read this aloud: “But despite what the mantis begged of the moon, winter comes swiftly and silent and soon.” Note how the softness of the alliteration holds your hurry back and gently releases the words from your lips. Ahhhh!

Look at this fantastic resource/activity: coloring sheets from the artist! Or create a garden image collage from magazines or fabric scraps. What ever you do – read this ALOUD! I have been trying my hand at simulating another piece of book illustration recently, with a simple app on my tablet. I attempted a quick sketch from one of the pages in this book – sooo much harder than I though, but a lot of fun, especially with the colors.

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And now for the WINNER of my FIRST EVER GIVEAWAY:

Each name was scribbled in graphite, with great care, on precisely folded and torn paper (I didn’t go to art school for nothing!), yet no trees came to harm as I selected prime quality used hold slips from my very own stash! And now . . . *enough with the drumroll, Erik, I can hear it all the way over here!*

A signed copy of Mr. Tiger Goes Wild goes to…

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Thanks to all 40 participants! That was fun! I may just have to do it again – soon!

For more Perfect Picture Book Picks and teacher/parent resources, go to Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog – HERE 

PPBF: Mr.Tiger Goes Wild and a GIVEAWAY!

In honor of Perfect Picture Book Friday revving up another season today, I’m having my FIRST EVER

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Win a signed copy! Leave a comment (until 9/19) and I’ll put your name in the hat (looks a lot like Mr.Tiger’s!)

Author/Illustrator: Peter Brown Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013 Age Level: 3-6 Themes: tigers, animals, etiquette, city/town life, self-actualization Opening: Everyone was perfectly fine with the way things were. Everyone but Mr. Tiger. Summary: (From Amazon) Are you bored with being so proper? Do you want to have more fun? Mr. Tiger knows exactly how you feel. So he decides to go wild. But does he go too far? From Caldecott Honor artist Peter Brown comes a story that shows there’s a time and place for everything…even going wild.

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Why I like it: It’s beautiful! You’ll have to check the cover under the jacket (notice the texture) too, but everything down to the endpapers, the color use, the graphic down-paring, the use of negative space – is well designed. During the read-aloud I attended on Peter Brown’s book tour, (if you live near NY – go to the PARTY) he explained his own difficulties sitting still in the classroom as a young child, longing to be wild and free, naturally. I can’t believe I didn’t ask if he too stripped himself – of the confines – and ran for the woods!

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12xers with Peter Brown at the Tattered Cover, Denver (me, second from left) Resources/Activities: Have children talk about natural animal behaviors they are aware of: stalking, hunting, protecting, team-working, etc.; Discuss the use of color in the book and why the author/illustrator may have made the choices he did; Make your own book the Peter Brown way I’d also like to suggest two pairings for Mr.Tiger Goes Wild below. (See my critique group’s PB & J picture book picks HEREinspired by B&N’s – Books Made Better When Read Together)

And in honor of creatures everywhere, bored of behaving, AND to celebrate Roald Dahl’s birthday, I’d like to suggest one more:  More Perfect Picture Book Friday picks on Susanna Hill’s blogHERE Mr.Tiger Goes Wild trailer for Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/mpd/permalink/m3LR4ZEDXVLRAG/ref=ent_fb_link