PPBF: Bunny in the Middle

Author: Anika Denise
Illustrator:
 Christopher Denise
Publisher: 
Christy Ottaviano/Henry Holt and Co, 2019
Age: 
3-7
Themes: Siblings, family life, rabbits
OpeningWhen you’re ihn the middle…you’re not the oldest and you’re not the youngest. You are right in between .

Summary: (from my library catalog) Illustrations and easy-to-read text celebrate the joys of being the middle child in a loving family of rabbits.

I like this book because: I’m a middlest child, and can identify with every whisker twist of this in between bunny. The illustrations themselves are lighting up all the adorable markers in my brain, but feeling noticed is what made me fall in love. I would have worn the pages onion-skin-thin had I had a book like this when I needed it.

Resources/activities: list the pros and cons of different positions in the family – maybe even include parents!; discuss within a class or larger group, reform new ‘family’ groups with oldest, middle, youngest, twin, members – we might find we are more able to listen to the woes of a friend over a sibling; talk about what positions our parents, grandparents, teachers, guardians had in their families and see if their feelings are the same today as they might have been in the past.

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

PPBF: Possum and the Summer Storm

4CC74825-D61C-447C-8692-690D6DAB3682Author/Illustrator: Anne Hunter
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018
Age: 3-7
Opening: Possum looked out one summer afternoon. “Time to come in!” He called to his baby possums. “It looks like we’re in for some weather!”
Summary: (from my library catalog) When Possum’s brush pile washes away in a storm, his neighbors all help build a new home based on their own abilities and preferences.

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FEF11FC8-48CE-474D-A851-A695E31FD7C2I like this book because: Ever since I was very little I have enjoyed watching thunderstorms, especially in late spring when the slate gray sky can make green foliage sing! The illustrations and color choices bring just such a storm right into your reader’s lap! Note the perfect shade of thunderstorm-blue chosen for the endpapers – scrumptious! You’ll want to get out as soon as the rain clears to assess for damages and explore other creature’s habitats yourself.

517BA8C6-12D6-4484-B655-FF7284AE92ADResources: read other books about how animals build their dwellings; read MY favorite book about friendship in a storm HERE; find a safe spot to observe a thunderstorm, like a covered front porch – see the recent hail storm and flooding I observed below.

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1A00DB1B-B14B-4E30-B41B-A4228201DFA9And one I created myself!

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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.

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