Day 3 #picturebookpicnic giveaway

LOUIS will be celebrating World Picnic Day with picnics and his picture book friends – and stuffies – all WEEK! I’ll post pictures on Instagram where anyone (in the US) can comment – on any of the week’s posts – for a chance to win. Deadline is Thursday, 6/24/21 12pm MDT. Winner will be announced on the next Perfect Picture Book Friday!

Today it’s a picnic in a basket! It’s likely to rain any minute, so everyone squeezed in, munched on blueberries while dreaming of the raspberries, currants, and gooseberries about to ripen (in the meantime there is rhubarb nectar too – see photo at the bottom). Also, please say hello to Schmarmot, Jay, Blue, Foxie (in the bunny suit!) and Otto! Let’s see if anyone asks about that pumpkin!

Rosie’s Walk, by Pat Hutchins, S&S, 1968: Unaware of a hungry fox right behind her, Rosie, the hen, goes about her barnyard business as usual.

Diary of a Worm, by Doreen Cronin and illus. by Harry Bliss , Joana Cotler Books (HC), 2003: A young worm discovers, day by day, that there are some very good and some not so good things about being a worm in this great big world.

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, by Verna Aardema and illus. by Leo and Diane Dillon, Dial Books, 1975: A retelling of a traditional West African tale that reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit.

The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss and illus. by Crockett Johnson, Scholastic, 1945: Despite everyone’s dire predictions, a little boy has faith in the carrot seed he plants.

*Book descriptions from my library’s catalog.

AND LOUIS is on SALE right now on Amazon: HEREDon’t forget to enter by commenting for the GIVEAWAY on my Instagram page: @jrzoch

Oldie But Goodie: I Can Fly

I can’t remember where I read about this but I put it on hold at my library, and fell for it as I pulled it off the hold shelf. It had this cover, albeit without the odd smudge. Neither the author (Ruth Kraus) nor the illustrator (Mary Blair) is noted on the front, and I wonder if that was typical at the time of this reprint in 1966 (First published in 1950).

But I found this Golden Book cover online too, and wonder if Mary Blair was okay with this – because I’m not:

And this very early Jan Brett book – though I don’t know if the text is Krauss’, but hey, I’ve not seen an ‘early’ Jan Brett before!

Back to the book – it’s an abridged edition (of a PICTURE book?), so I have no idea how much of the original is missing. It opens with A bird can fly. So can I. It rhymes without a consistent meter pattern, but the text sings and as you can see the illustrations do too. I find it as fresh and invigorating as any of the new books!

Off to find the full version!