PPBF: Two Emberlys Times Two

DrummerHofcoverAuthor: adapted by Barbara Emberly
Illustrator: Ed Emberly
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 1967
Age: Amazon says 6-9, I say younger!
Themes: cannons, war, folk songs
Opening: Drummer Hof fired it off.
Summary: (from my library catalog) A cumulative folk song in which seven soldiers build a magnificent cannon, but Drummer Hoff fires it off.

DrummerHof4Why I like this book: Folk songs are treasures and I am so grateful that these two picturebook makers have been able to bring them to life with careful pacing and an extraordinary mixture of trippy 60’s and Colonial elements. We could call it Colonial Punk! As fresh and juicy now as they were 50 – FIFTY!! – years ago.

DrummerHof2Resources/Activities: read the folk verse from which the text book was adapted HERE; discuss the clothing and how it differs from uniforms today.DrummerHof3

Beauty x 2 (x2!):

OneWideRivercoverAuthor: Adapted by Barbara Emberly
Illustrator: Ed Emberly
Publisher: first piublished, 1966; First Ammo edition, 2014
Age: 3 and up
Themes: animals, Noah’s Ark, folk songs
OpeningOld Noah built and ark, he built it out of hick’ry bark.
Summary: (from my library catalog) An adaptation of the folksong classic is presented as a counting story about Noah’s Ark and is complemented by silhouette woodcut illustrations.

OneWideRivertitlepage.jpgWhy I like this book: uncomplicated and accessible illustrations propelled by bold background color – need I say more?

OneWideRiver1.jpgResources/Activities: make potato prints with black paint on colored construction paper; discuss why saving life from extinction is important; watch the book trailer HERE; listen to the recording from The Country Gentlemen.

 

OneWideRiver2For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.