like it, or not
Author/Illustrator: Peggy Rathmann
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2003
Age Level: 2-6
Themes: babies, rescue, picnicking, stories in rhyme
Opening: Remember the day the babies crawled away? We moms and dads were eating pies, the babies saw some butterflies– and what do you know? Surprise! Surprise! The babies crawled away!
Summary: A boy follows five babies who crawl away from a picnic and saves the day by bringing them back.
Why I like this book: I like it despite it’s imperfections. Nay! I love it all the more because it’s not perfect. It’s genuine. I found it incredibly easy and fun to read aloud – even to myself! You can’t help but inflect it with lighthearted pleasure! Might just be the book to help the beginning babysitter, or mind-numbing nanny, learn how to read with kids! The rhyme isn’t tight, but I think that’s what I like – it’s natural! Of course, I am a sucker for silhouettes, and though I am not particularly fond of 80’s neon color-scream, it adds to the unlikely twists. I read somewhere that parents might not like showing a parental inattentiveness, but I have had a baby crawl away, and a toddler ride a bike with training wheels so fast only the ice cream sign at the kiosk stopped her from reaching the main street, and my kids LOVE to hear the tales of their own escape!
Activities: Create pictures with scratch paper, the kind that looks black until you scratch away to reveal bright rainbow colors. You can buy it ready made, but when I was a kid, we made our own, by covering a piece of paper with crayon and painting it over in black. Mom didn’t care for the mess, but didn’t mind it on the patio!
Go to Susanna Hill’s blog for more Perfect Picture Books and activities.
“Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.” - Arnold Lobel
Yifat Fishman Illustrations and Thoughts
podcast & video host | writer | journalist
A blog by Ashleigh Young. A burning wreck
Knowledge Is A Weapon - Arm Yourself
spreading the word on delightful children's literature
Ain't nothing but a party!
one librarian's journey into storytimeland
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. -- Margaret Mead
A KidLit Journey...
Sharing Information About Writing and Illustrating for Children
THAT BANNER MOUNTAIN GIRL
Mais plus tant que ça maintenant !
Children's book reviews and my musings on diversity
a resource for kindergarten teachers, parents and students to ask questions and share ideas.
Children's Book Review Site
textiles & mixed media
2016 Picture Book Debuts
Children's Picture Book Lover and Illustrator
A Splash of the unusual through textiles, photography and illustration.
Picture Book Connoisseur. Creativity Seeker. Writer.
"When you love what you do you’ll never have to work a day in your life."
Highly illustrated books for all ages
A Blog for Creative Living
Reader, Writer, Miner of Moments
...as we write, draw, and blog.
Authors & Illustrators Wild About Kidlit!
a vegan couple: eating; running; living–minimally.
Fort Collins' Largest Indie Bookstore
The Official Blog of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of SCBWI
A place for Quattrones, Betteridges, and Praticos to share our family stories, history, and heritage.
Children's books, kid's apps...
Artist, Illustrator, & Writer of Nature, Critters, Children's Illustration, & the Human Condition
Literary musings from the champion of the odd little book
A blog about the making of Ethel and Ernest the animated feature film.