PPBF: The Five of Us

2210EB5B-FCD5-4352-9F60-EEF6375CF4E7Author/Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Publisher: Tate Publishing, 2014
Age: 4-8
Themes: abilities, friendship, road trip
Opening: Once, not very long ago, and not very far from here, there were fve friends. There names were Angie, Ollie, Simona, Mario and Eric. They were all fantastic.

65D4A18E-66C0-4D2B-A3B6-1B20BD28BCEESummary: (from the author’s website) THE FIVE OF US is a captivating tale of adventure, friendship and teamwork: Angie, Ollie, Simona, Mario and Eric are five fantastic friends, each of whom has an unusual ability. Disaster strikes on a day out to the countryside but, working together and combining their individual powers, the Fantastic Five save the day. Teeming with Quentin Blake’s characteristic sense of fun and his exuberant illustrations, THE FIVE OF US is also a powerful, though subtle, reminder that the world is a better place when we focus on what we can do, rather than on what we can’t.

5B00E4BC-FC82-4E38-AD6C-DFC459A799C4I like this book because: I was actually on the hunt for counting books when I came upon this Blake title I had not yet read (I believe I have read most of his authored books…but happy to find out I haven’t!). The story is so simple yet powerful, and as usual the drawings lively and loose – just the way I like ’em! But read this for the heart. It reminds us how much  we can accomplish with our own special quirks if we put them to good use!

7FF57797-7183-4556-9E54-C6F2FC4EB9F8Resources/Activities: 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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PPBF: Pictures from Our Vacation

Pictures from Our Vacation
Author/Illustrator: Lynne Rae Perkins
Publisher: Greenwillow Books, 2007
Age Level: 5-8
Genre: fiction, 32 pgs
Themes/topics: Vacation, family reunions, photography
Opening and synopsis: Just before we got into the car to go on our vacation, our mother said, “Oh, I almost forgot!” From her bag she pulled out a little camera for me, and one for my brother.

Given a camera that takes and prints tiny pictures a young girl records a vacation that gets off to a slow start, but winds up being a family reunion filled with good memories.

I wish I had read this before some of the family road trips we took!

See Susanna Hill Leonard’s blog for the Perfect Picture Books List of reviews.