PPBF: Lawrence in the Fall

Author: Matthew Farina
 Doug Salati
Disney Hyperion, 2019
Themes: show-and-tell, collections, trees
OpeningWhen Lawrence saw the chalkboard, he froze .

Summary: (from my library catalog) Lawrence the fox accompanies his father into the forest to collect something to take to his school show-and-tell, and while briefly lost and alone, Lawrence encounters the beauty of nature and finds exactly what he needs.

I like this book because: I’ve been there, frozen with the thought I would have nothing to share with my classmates. I didn’t have anything, but I also didn’t understand what a hobby or collection is, so how could I share it? I was equally drawn in by the delicate nature of the telling in the text and the illustrations. Find a copy to read – and share, of course!

*All the shadows in the photos are from yellow-twig dogwood leaves!

Resources/activities: there are so many discussions this book might be used to initiate: school, collections, hobbies, nature in general, and  trees specifically. Maybe children would find even more topics after reading it! Here are instructions for making a leaf crown, one of my favorite things to do in the fall, like the one at the bottom of this post: HERE

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

PPBF: Move Over, Rover!

MoveOver,Rover!CoverAuthor: Karen Beaumont
Illustrator: Jane Dyer
Publisher: Harcourt, 2006
Age: 2-5
Themes: animals, shelter, sharing
OpeningRover’s in the dog house, chewing on a bone. What a day to romp and play! Too bad he’s all alone.
Summary: (from my library catalog) When a storm comes, Rover expects to have his doghouse all to himself but finds that various other animals, including a skunk, come to join him.

MoveOver,Rover!1Why I like this book: This is a great rhyming read aloud with a stinky surprise ending! Perfect for toddlers.

MoveOver,Rover!2Resources/Activities: a good companion read to The Mitten; try putting this on as a pre-school play, narrated by a parent or teacher; discuss how animals seek shelter in a storm.

MoveOver,Rover!3For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

Count Downton 30* and PPBF: Hodge the Hedgehog

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I let today’s PPBF pick inspire the Count Downton sketch of Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol), because . . . it’s NIKOLAUS!

Author: Amy Sparkes
Illustrator: Benji Davies
Publisher: Worthwhile Books, 2010
Age: 4 and up
Themes: hedgehogs, sharing, books in rhyme
Opening: “Hodge the Hedgehog hogged the hedge. He didn’t like to share. The other creatures thought him rude, but Hodge just did not care.”
Summary: (from Amazon) Hodge the Hedgehog hogged the hedge; He didn’t like to share. The other creatures thought him rude, But Hodge just didn’t care.” Hodge the Hedgehog wants the whole hedge for himself – but the other animals in the forest think that Hodge needs to learn how to share! When everyone pitches in to teach Hodge a lesson about friendship, the results are downright silly – and all the animals learn that sharing can save the day!


Why I like this book: 1- I love hedgehogs, ever since my first encounter as an exchange student in Germany, 2 – super endpapers with fall leaves (I love fall!), 3-spoiler alert: mouse dons a towel turban after a bath. That’s enough, right? But the rhyming text is so much fun to read (the main character ‘haughtily huffs’!) you could almost overlook all the fun in the adorable illustrations!

Resources/Activities: I doubt enough American kids are familiar with hedgehogs, their habits or their habitats: read more picture books, like The Very Helpful Hedgehog or Hedgehog’s Magic Tricks; research hedgehog facts at websites like National Geographic; watch educational videos about hedgehogs, which point out why they don’t make great pets.

For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks and parent/teacher resources go to Susanna Hill’s blog – HERE

PPBF: The Twin’s Blanket

Author/Illustrator: Hyewon Yum
Publisher: Frances Foster Books, Farrar Strauss Giroux 2011
Genre: fiction
Themes: twins, sisters, blankets, sharing, individuality
Age Level: 3 and up
Opening: We’re look-alike twins. That means we look like each other. That means we share everything.
Synopsis: Told from their POV, five year old twin girls, who have always shared everything, sleep in separate beds with their own blankets for the first time.
Resource/Activity: Project Linus: strives to offer comfort for children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need.
Why I like this book: I love the mother’s creative solution (isn’t that what makes a good mother – resourcefulness?!), and the simple and beautifully colored illustrations. Also one of School Library Journal’s Best Picture Books of 2011.
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