PPBF: Hot Dog

Author/Illustrator: Doug Salati
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, 2022
Age: 
2-6
Themes: dogs, city life, hot weather

Opening: City summer, steamy sidewalks

Summary: (from my library’s catalog) It’s summer in the city, and this hot dog has had enough! Enough of sizzling sidewalks, enough of wailing sirens, enough of people’s feet right in his face. When he plops down in the middle of a crosswalk, his owner endeavors to get him the breath of fresh air he needs. She hails a taxi, hops a train, and ferries out to the beach. Here, a pup can run!

I picked this book because: it’s hot! I live in a small city but I’ve lived in pretty big ones and very big ones, and I also know how much dogs don’t appreciate a walk in the summer heat! Neither do I! The illustrations are playful and full of energy and the story is simple but oh, so relatable. sure to be a pleaser… but be ready because listeners will want a stretch of sand or body of water to escape to when finished!

Resources/activities: read this with a plan in mind to find refuge in nature afterwards; visit a beach or a place to dip your toes into water or dig in the sand; read other weather related books like My Winter City, or The Way the Storm Stops

(can’t find my own pics, but this looks yummy too!)

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

PPBF: Fox Song

Author: Joseph Bruchac
Illustrator:
 Paul Morin
Publisher: Philomel, 1993
Age: 
6-9
Themes: Abenaki people, nature, inter-generational stories

Opening: The sun came slanting in through the window at the foot of Jamie’s bed. (image below)

Summary: (from my library’s catalog) After the death of her Indian great-grandmother, Jamie remembers the many special things the old woman shared with her about the natural world.

I picked this book because: I placed a hold on it after reading about how few contemporary Native People’s stories are available – a good reason to search a few out! And I am blown away by the beautiful writing and stunning illustrations! The story of Jamie and her memories of her grandmother help her cope with her loss and open a window into their culture and connection with the natural world. Hope you can find this one!

Resources/activities: create a list of nature observations form each month of the calendar year, or add observations made into the family calendar to review again at year’s end.

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

PPBF: Illuminature

IlluminatureCover.jpgAuthor: Rachel Williams
Illustrator: Carnovsky (design team)
Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions, 2016
Age: 3-8
Themes: color, flora, fauna

Illuminatureendpapers.jpgSummary: (from Amazon) Explore ten of the world’s most diverse environments and reveal their hidden secrets with a magic, three-colored lens that illuminates each page in a kaleidoscope of color.
Discover the dark and mysterious creatures of the night, whose super-sensory powers allow them to live and survive in the shadows, then switch the lens to step into daylight, where the heat of the sun supercharges the secret lives of creatures big and small. Finally, use the third lens to reveal the luscious plant life of every habitat as you travel through a jungle, a reef, grasslands, woodland and uncover a world that never sleeps with Milan-based design-duo, Carnovsky.

Illuminature1.jpgI like this book because: it’s bright, fun, and a new adventure unfolds on every page! The educational and experimental aspects are multi-layered – I only wish for a second lens so one could explore what happens when you double up the filters! I chose it for the last PPBF pick of  2017 to ring in the new year with a big, bold bang!

Illuminature2.jpgResources/Activities: Honestly, none are necessary due to all that is provided, but why not explore with the lenses around the house or outside, just for the fun of it; go to the library to look for older reference books on flora and fauna to discover the beauty of nature drawings from hundreds of years ago (Maria Sybille Merian is a personal favorite!)

Check out these bold and bright creautures we met on a recent visit to the Xeriscape Demonstration Gardens outside the Glendale Public Library in Arizona (below)

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

PPBF: The Happy Hunter

HappyHunterFullCoverAuthor/Illustrator: Roger Duvoisin
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books, 2016; originally in 1961
Age: 3-8
Themes: forests, forest animals, hunting
Opening: Mr. Bobbin lived in a little house by the edge of the forest. he loved to sit on the bench by his door and smoke his pipe while he watched the hills, the sky, and the wild animals.
HappyHunter1Summary: (from my library’s catalog) A man who lives at the edge of the forest buys himself all the proper hunting equipment, and is very happy walking through the forest and aiming his gun, but never shooting.

HappyHunter2.jpgWhy I like this book: One more beautifully illustrated classic for April, but and this one is new to me. I identify with our protagonist: I also like to sit on the bench by my front door and watch my surroundings, although the only truly ‘wild’ animal I ever see is my one-year old neighbor, Jane. She roars, AND eats picture books! The writing is perfectly paced to savor this sweet story, any time of year.

HappyHunter3Resources/Activities: discuss what your child(ren) can see from their front door, where they might otherwise like to go to view nature; go on a hike or nature walk; make a list of wild animals that are natural to your areas.HappyHunter4For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

PPBF: Things To Do

ThingsToDocoverAuthor: Elaine Magliaro
Illustrator: Catia Chien
Publisher: Chronicle, 2016
Age: 4-8
Themes: nature, activity, imagination
Opening: Things to do if you are DAWN. Shoo away night. Wash the eastern sky with light. wake the sleeping sun: Rise and shine!

ThingsToDoEndpapersSummary: (from my library catalog) Told in rhyming text, the story takes us through a child’s day, focusing on the animals and objects around the child.

ThingsToDoTitlepageWhy I like this booksoft, endearing illustrations compliment the magical text ‘like butta’, as my aunt might have said!

ThingsToDo1.jpgResources/Activities: go for a spring walk or hike, and take along some of the highlighted words in the book’s text; see how you might find something that ‘flits’, is ‘buzzy’, ‘bold’, or ‘dazzles’.

ThingsToDo2For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: Coming and Going

ComingandGoingcoverAuthor: Isabel Minhós Martins
Illustrator: Bernardo Carvalho
Publisher: Tate Publishing, 2014
Age: 5 and up
Themes: nature, transportation, human impact on the environment
OpeningThe head, it is said, is not just for wearing a hat. Feet, we might also say, are not just for wearing shoes.
Summary: (from my library catalog) Humans aren’t the only ones on Earth who travel long distances. Many birds, fish, and mammals migrate hundreds of miles in search of food, warmer climates, or places to raise their young. But it’s not just the incredible distances these creatures travel; it’s the way they do it that makes us slow down and think…

ComingandGoing1Why I like this book: the bold clear graphic style of illustration is a perfect background for a serious and very important subject.

ComingandGoing2Resources/Activities: discuss how we get where we need to go, how that differs depending where one lives: in the city, a town or in a rural area; how do things we need get to us? Great supplement to a unit on transportation.

ComingandGoing4For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: In the Canyon

ItCCoverAuthor: Liz Garton Scanlon
Illustrator: Ashley Wolff
Publisher: Beach Lane Books, 2015
Ages: 4-8
Themes: nature, hiking, Grand Canyon, stories in rhyme
Opening: Here’s a map, some boots, a pack, a walking stick, and sandy track.
Summary: (from my library catalog) Illustrations and simple rhyming text present a child who is hiking with a group into the Grand Canyon, enjoying the wonders of nature–whether a lizard, a picture on the stone, or a glimpse of the moon from the bottom..

ItC1I like this book because: it transports me! I haven’t hiked the Grand Canyon yet, but have hiked and camped not to far from there, and, as I said when I first saw some of the illustrations, I could feel the fine red sand building up in my shoes. And the gentle rhyming couplets give the sense of being right there with our young guide. Beautiful!

ItC2Resources/activities: plan a hike; list what will you need to take on a hike in your area; talk about the wildlife you might see on the hike and what clues could help to discover their presence; practice map reading.

ItC4For existing PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE

ItC6Check out Ashley Wolff’s store by clicking on the image (available for purchase) below: