PPBF: The Pet Project

Author: Lisa Wheeler
Illustrator: Zachariah Ohora (interview – HERE )
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013
Age: 4 – 8 yrs
Themes: pets, animals, stories in rhyme
Opening: Warning! If you’re the type who oohs and aahs at furry faces, precious paws, the words ahead may be alarming: Animals aren’t always charming.
Summary: (from Amazon) Embark on a methodical, meticulous, and hilarious quest for the perfect pet in this wickedly witty cautionary collection of pet poems.

I like this book because… the rhymes are fun, the bold high-contrast illustrations too, but what I really like that this picture book is that it promotes the scientific method, which, in the words of the OED is “a method or procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.” Yeah. That. And living close to a university (3 blocks) that has a fantabulous outreach program for science I can’t be happier to find a picture book that may enkindle a wee scientist!


Resources/Activities: Did you know babies are born scientists? ReadTHIS from the National Science Foundation; or this article on Science in Early Childhood Classroomscheck out Hannah Weight Holt’s AMAZING crafts for kids at Lightbulb Books blog, like this one on earth’s layers.

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