PPBF: Cloudette

CloudettecoverAuthor/Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
Publisher: Christy Ottaviano Books, 2011
Age: 4-7
Themes: clouds, rain, confidence

Cloudette1Summary: (from my library catalog) Cloudette, the littlest cloud, finds a way to do something big and important as the other clouds do.

Cloudette2Why I like this book: Cloudette is adorable! And through the text and illustrations can relay interesting information about what clouds are capable of, as well as what little creatures are also capable of when they set their minds to it!

Cloudette3Resources/Activities: learn what the different shapes of clouds are called and what they are capable of; keep a record of what kinds of clouds you spot when you are out and about; become a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society HERE

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

PPBF: Something Big

Author: Sylvie Neeman
Illustrator: Ingrid Godon
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books, 2013; Originally published under the title Quelque Chose de Grand by La Joie de Lire in Geneva, Switzerland, 2012.
Age: 4 – 8yrs
Themes: size perception, child-parent relationships, beaches
Opening: “I’m upset says the little one”, licking his jam-covered fingers. “What are you upset about?” asks the big one anxiously. “I’m upset that I’m little because I want to do something big.”
Summary: (from the publisher) “A big one and a little one talk together. The little one is upset because he wants to do something big even though he is still small. They go for a walk along the beach. There something both surprising and big happens.”

I like this book because: the cover illustration sold me. Yeah, I’m gullible like that. I love the story’s quiet conversation, and how the simple illustrations reflect how a child’s ideas are as easily built as they are changed, but beautiful and worthy at the same time. Brings back memories of  winter strolls on the beach too.

Resources/Activities: This would make a great conversation starter on the subject of size and what we imagine can or cannot be done as a small person; Read an NYT review HERE; or an interview with the illustrator – HERE

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