PPBF: Polo and the Dragon

Sorry I didn’t have this post ready bright and early, but I took the opportunity to help a friend today knowing you’d all be patient!

The winner of a signed copy of BAGEL IN LOVE is Gabi Snyder! I’ll be trying to contact you, Gabi, but if you see this first, send me your postal address via email (on my About Me page).

23AF420D-C4F2-406B-9010-723EA43DC087Author/Illustrator: Régis Faller
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press, 2003
Age: 3-6
Themes: weather, animals, friendship.

446F90E2-C3C0-4F89-95F5-B6B619D4AAFDOpening: see photo below

0440F6AF-1542-4186-81F2-A391C7D2385E.jpegSummary: (from my library catalog) In this wordless picture book, Polo the dog becomes trapped in the ice and snow while out sailing one day, but a friendly dragon helps him escape..

33994AD9-B436-4E3F-BBC5-8B544E734E6D.jpegWhy I like this book: It’s so cute! I like the sweet simplicity of the renderings, the color palette, and format. It’s a little huggable, and I’d like more people to know about this series. Just last month my friend and critique partner, Ann Kelley introduced me to this Polo book on her blog HERE. Unfortunately I could not get hold of a different title, so I am posting about the same one, but here’s a LINK to find more in the series.

44EEF860-2DD8-479B-B92E-1A48532A648A.jpegResources/Activities: Imagine you’re stuck with the same problem as Polo: what would you do to solve it? Go to the author’s page for coloring sheets: HERE. Also, be sure to check out Ann’s suggestions HERE.

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PPBF: Bagel in Love *Giveaway

BagelInLovecover.jpgAuthor: Natasha Wing
Illustrator:
Helen Dardik
Publisher:
Sterling, 2018
Age:
3-8
Themes:
romance, dance, pastries
Opening:
Bagel loved to dance. It made him happier than a birthday cake!

BagelInLoveendpapers.jpgSummary: (from my library catalog) Bagel wants to compete in a dance contest, but everyone from Pretzel to Croissant turns him down until, at last, shy and lovely Cupcake agrees to be his partner..

BagelInLove1.jpgI like this book because: it’s a buttered-up romance sprinkled with pastry puns, and garnished with delectable characters! Just right for foodies young and old, and all the sweettooths inbetween! Mary Berry would agree, “It’s a good bake!”

BagelInLovebackResources/Activities: learn a few dance steps, or go all out and take a swing lesson; bake cupcakes and/or bagels; try to come up with your own pastry puns!

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On display at Old Firehouse Books

Check out Natasha’s dress, made especially to celebrate this book!

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Designer: Cameron Utter; Embroidery: Roxanne Storlie; Photo: Scott Olds

*Enter to win a signed copy! Leave a comment below, but for fun please share your favorite bagel or bagel topping! Open to residents of North America. All comments counted until midnight on 1/17/18. 

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

PPBF: Where‘s Halmoni?

F699B63E-8F64-4356-991E-EE17E568AE95.jpegAuthor/Illustrator: Julie Kim
Publisher: Little Bigfoot, 2017
Age: 4-8
Themes: siblings, animals, Korean folktale characters

 

1246E859-B42A-429D-8F06-B616576C1FBAOpening: Halmoni! We are here!

AA8E112C-15AE-4A24-BD76-02E467FCF831Summary: (from my library catalog) Searching for their missing grandmother, two Korean children follow tracks into a fantastic world filled with beings from folklore who speak in Korean. Includes translations and information about the folkloric characters.

427DF8C0-0530-4F49-8E2B-73C36C30BC13Why I like this book: It’s bright, culture- and adventure-packed! This is exactly the kind of book I would have poured over as a kid, looking for the unfamiliar and trying to make sense of it, be it language, gesture, or physical elements. There is a bit of mystery on every beautifully rendered and composed page!

56467CB1-98CE-44BA-B298-E2A8D419A8BE.jpegResources/Activities: read other Korean folktale picture books – HERE is a list; what folktale animals do you already know – how do they compare to those in this book; make a Korean meal, like the red bean soup (porridge) the kids smell when they walk into Halmoni’s home.

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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: Cloudette

CloudettecoverAuthor/Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
Publisher: Christy Ottaviano Books, 2011
Age: 4-7
Themes: clouds, rain, confidence

Cloudette1Summary: (from my library catalog) Cloudette, the littlest cloud, finds a way to do something big and important as the other clouds do.

Cloudette2Why I like this book: Cloudette is adorable! And through the text and illustrations can relay interesting information about what clouds are capable of, as well as what little creatures are also capable of when they set their minds to it!

Cloudette3Resources/Activities: learn what the different shapes of clouds are called and what they are capable of; keep a record of what kinds of clouds you spot when you are out and about; become a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society HERE

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

PPBF: 2 Cinderella Tales

RoughfacedGirlcover.pngAuthor: Rafe Martin
Illustrator: David Shannon
Publisher: G.P.Putnam’s Sons, 1992
Age: 5-9
Themes: Algonquin Indians, Cinderella
Opening: Once, long ago, there was a village by the shores of Lake Ontario.

roughfacedgirl1.jpgSummary: (from my library catalog) In this Algonquin Indian version of the Cinderella story, the Rough-Face Girl and her two beautiful but heartless sisters compete for the affections of the Invisible Being.

RoughfacedGirl2.jpgWhy I like this book: After reading a collection of tales illustrated by Edmund Dulac, and being interested in the Cinderella illustration (see below), I sought out other versions, and wanted to share two of the most stunning I found.

Yeh-Shencover.jpgAuthor: Ai-Ling Louie
Illustrator: Ed Young
Publisher:  Philomel, 1982
Age: 5-9
Themes: Chinese tales, Cinderella, Stepchildren
Opening: Once, long ago, there was a village by the shores of Lake Ontario.

Yeh-Shen1.jpgSummary: (from my library catalog) This version of the Cinderella story, in which a young girl overcomes the wickedness of her stepsister and stepmother to become the bride of a prince, is based on ancient Chinese manuscripts written 1000 years before the earliest European version.

Yeh-Shen2.jpgResources/Activities: Find more versions, of this tale and others. Compare and contrast what you like, or don’t like, about each one.

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from Edmund Dulac’s picture-book for the French Red Cross

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

PPBF: We All Count

3BAC8C1C-5334-4A90-B509-9252EC4D1A50Author/Illustrator: Julie Fleet
Publisher: Native Explore, 2014
Age: 2-7
Themes: Cree numbers, counting book, American Indian culture
Opening: see image below

4EDD33E0-1517-46E2-B657-877FC2415B81Summary: We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers is a bilingual board book. The numbers 1-10 are presented in English and Cree with phonetic pronunciations to help young readers.

D22D7AEA-24BE-46B7-BFCA-241065CC221AWhy I like this book: I have had this one out from the library many times and could not decide if I’d like to recommend it here, only because I wondered if younger children, for whom board books are made, would be able to get as much out of it as I do. Reading it with my very young neighbor convinced me that it is indeed a PPB! I think it’s stunning as well as interesting, but my neighbor found it as engaging as I did, albeit on another level. And we read it again!

23087485-58DC-4709-8D48-BE6C2107E1C6Resources/Activities: read this interview or this interview with the author; read it with other bilingual board books, or others from the same artist!

As Thanksgiving approaches, I’d like to remind adults to contemplate the truth and the horrors of the  first Thanksgiving.

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

PPBF: Still Stuck

StillStuckcoverAuthor/Illustrator: Shinsuke Yoshitake
Publisher: Abrams, 2017 (originally in Japan by Bronze Publishing, 2015)
Age: 2-6
Themes: getting dressed, families, bathtime
OpeningIt all started when Mom said it was time for a bath. She wanted to help me get ready, but I told her I could do it all by myself.

StillStuck1Summary: (from the interwebs) Getting dressed and undressed can be difficult, especially for little ones. While getting ready for a bath one evening, a little boy gets stuck in his clothes. He panics and starts to fear what life would be like if he never got unstuck. How will he play outside? How will he stop the cat from tickling his tummy? It’s good thing that Mom is around to help. But when it’s time to put on his pajamas, the boy finds himself with a whole new problem . . .

StillStuck2Why I like this book: I work in a bookstore. The library is my second home. I visit big box stores, maybe once a season – or less. But maybe I should more often. It’s where I found this book, sticking out like a sore thumb amidst the glittery, sparkly, too pink or too commercial covers (and some comfortable favorites too, but I just told you I am biased. You got that, right?). What a gem! I want you to discover it like I did though. Go!

StillStuck3.pngResources/Activities: discuss everyday difficulties and make a list of pros and cons – is the predicament good, or bad, and how can you tell? Take a bath! Ha!

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

PPBF: The One and Only Marigold

876E0AF0-14CE-4D0C-8C66-6A38A0E504BF.jpegAuthor: Florence Parry Heide
Illustrator: Jill McElmurry
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade, 2009
Age: 4-8
Themse: families, individuality, friendship
Opening: (from the title page) Marigold did not agree with her mother, or her father, or her friend Maxine. But she agreed with herself, and that was the important thing.

54BD7A24-A237-48CA-997D-CC4E4876A0A1Summary: (from my library catalog) Relates the misadventures of Marigold, a monkey, as she shops with her mother for a coat, makes a hobby of “bugging” her best friend, Maxine the hippo, and imaginatively copes with finding the right outfit for the first day of school.

FB6DD441-D8E8-424E-9CA7-6B44E0F8AEB1.jpegWhy I like this book: I chose this book today in honor and memory of a dear friend, the wonderful artist and illustrator, Jill McElmurry, whose work on The Little Blue Truck series you may be familiar with. Today would have been her 63rd birthday. If you manage to find a copy, share it with a child or read it yourself, and enjoy Jill‘s work paired with FHP‘s wonderful rich text. That‘s all for today.

2BFF14C4-8B7F-4E64-8D4C-C35CC03A8224.jpegResources/Activities: Hug someone you love today.

E7BAE5BC-14D7-4723-8648-E583B20A2D56For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: What Is a Color?

WhatIsAColor?Authors/Illustrators: Alice and Martin Provensen
Publisher: Golden Press, 1967
Age: 2-5
Themes: color
OpeningWhat is color? You can’t taste it. You can’t smell it. You can’t hear it. You can’t feel it. But you know it when you see it. You can see a color.WhatIsAColor?2Summary: (from my library catalog) Illustrated by the authors, this book provides an introduction to color through text and pictures of familiar objects and scenes. Included full-page and double-spread illustrations.

WhatIsAColor?6.jpgWhy I like this book: The illustrations speak for themselves: fresh, inviting. Wow! Thanks to Jama Kim Rattigan, once again, for introducing me to a book to swoon over.

WhatIsAColor?7.jpgResources/Activities: Walk around the house or classroom and place yellow objects in a bag or basket, then all the other colors mentioned in the book. If you have enough objects, create a rainbow!

WhatIsAColor?8.jpgFor more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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