PPBF: The Greatest Table

Author: Michael J. Rosen
Illustrator:
Becca Stadtlander
Publisher: 
Creative Editions, 2019
Age: 
4+
Themes: Food, hunger, community, juvenile poetry
Full titleThe greatest table isn’t set inside a single home – oh no, it spans the continents and no one eats alone.

Summary: (from my library catalog) In a world of bountiful food yet increasing food insecurity, we are called to remember that all creatures have a place–and may be fed sustainably–at the greatest, communal table offered by our planet.

I like this book because: it would be the right one to read at thanksgiving, when we are most willing to be grateful for what we have, but also at other holidays, where we place value on giving of ourselves. And this book combines both in a most eloquent way. The illustrations offer up the kind of detail that makes us slow down to discover them while the words off the page linger in our ears. Delightful!

Resources/activities: cook a meal, plan a picnic, keeping flavors unfamiliar and customs new to you in mind; invite others to a potluck to bring and share.

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