PPBF: The Honeybee

D246EA9F-4FA7-4372-AEEF-C086BD880977Opening: A field. A tree. Climb it and see…for miles, all around you, grow wild and free flowers. But then…Shhh! What’s that?

0BC02989-C88B-4624-98EE-8AA16861B5A0Summary: (from my library’s catalog): Illustrations and rhyming text follow endangered honeybees through the year as they forage for pollen and nectar, communicate with others at their hive, and make honey.

9B058DD6-9F89-480E-9318-84488DB4A4F6I like this book because: If ever I felt a temperature or fragrance in a picturebook, it is this beautifully rendered, sweetly humorous and ever so levitational piece of informative perfection. Yes, like champagne bubbles in your nose! My four year old neighbor and I enjoyed it immensely – and then we went and collected some of the first raspberries of the season!

FFAFE65F-9543-41E4-BB87-7E896380EEBBResources/Activities: make pipe cleaner bee rings by twisting half lengths of black and yellow snugly around a pencil, then fold in half a full-length white pipe cleaner, wrap not too tightly around a finger, then twist and place the bee on top, twist again, then fold the ends into wings, twist and tuck in the ends.

AF629453-187A-4EAE-86C7-80A66B806654For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: Nothing Rhymes With Orange

NRWOcoverAuthor/Illustrator: Adam Rex
Publisher: Chronicle, 2017
Age: 4-8
Themes: fruit, rhyme, rhyming stories
Opening: Who wouldn’t travel anywhere to get an apple or a pear?

NRWOendpapersSummary: (from my library catalog) All the fruits gather together and enjoy a rhyming party, but poor Orange feels left out because he does not rhyme with anything–until Apple invents a new word..

NRWO1.pngWhy I like this book: I want to believe Rex wrote this for picture book writers! So funny, so true, and writing in rhyme is SO hard! It’f fun and funny in all aspects and I really like the fresh compositions with mixed media. Great read aloud for a slightly older group of PB readers, maybe best for early elementary classes.

NRWO2Resources/Activities: Play rhyme games: stash a few objects in a bag and have participants reach in for one at a time and come up with a word rhyming with the object.

NRWO3.jpgFor more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: Green Wilma

GreenWilmaCoverAuthor/Illustrator: Sydney Hanson
Publisher: Dial, 1993
Age: 3-6
Themes: frogs, frog habits, dreams
OpeningOne morning, Wilma woke up green, and much to her surprise she sat up on her bed and croaked and started eating flies.
Summary: (from my library catalog) Waking up with a frog-like appearance, Wilma proves disruptive at school as she searches for some tasty flies.

GreenWilma1Why I like this book: A hilarious rhyming read aloud, perfect for those going back to school! The bright illustrations really make the story come to life! A superb classic!

GreenWilma2.jpgResources/Activities: discuss what other habits frogs or toads have that might make it difficult to live in a human world and fit in well; Are all frogs green? What is the difference between a frog and a toad? What kind of frogs and/or toads can you find in your area?

GreenWilma3For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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PPBF: Sometimes I Like to Curl up in a Ball

SometimesILikecoverAuthor: Vicki Churchill
Illustrator: Charles Fuge
Publisher: Sterling, 2001
Age: 3 and up
Themes: wombats, parent-child story, rhyming story
OpeningSometimes I like to curl up in a ball, so no one can see me because I’m so small.
Summary: (from my library catalog) Wombat likes to do many different things during the day, but when night comes he seeks out the coziest place of all.

Sometimes1Why I like this book: A customer recommended this book to me, and it is rather adorable! So fun to read aloud and the wombat’s expressions are priceless! A great bedtime story and the ending has a satisfying “ahhh”.

Sometimes2Resources/Activities: discuss what simple activities give you pleasure; make a bunch of funny faces; take time to go outside and do the things that wombat likes to do.

Sometimes3For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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