Author/Illustrator: Jacqueline Ayer Publisher: Harcourt, Brace, & World, 1962 Age: 4-7 Themes: Thailand, wishing, believing Opening: (see image above) Summary: (from my library catalog) One day, an old peddler came to the small village in Thailand where a little girl called Miss Moon lived. He brought a tree, fashioned of brightly colored paper flowers. When the old man gave Miss Moon one of the flowers, she planted its seed – a black bead – and tended it faithfully. Though beads will not grow, Miss Moon’s faith was nevertheless rewarded.
Why I like this book: What a gem! I can hardly believe I have never seen any of Ayer’s work before, but I am mesmerized! A gentle tale of hoping and believing, despite all odds. The illustrations feel fresh as a daisy!
Resources/Activities: look up where Thailand is on the map; read companion books on Thai culture; visit a Thai restaurant; explore more of Jacqueline Ayer’s books; consider donation to this kickstarter; if possible, visit the exhibit, starting this month, on her work at The House of Illustration in London – info HERE
For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.
The PPBF series on Susanna Hill’s blog is taking a nap – a long summer slumber – but I can’t help myself – gotta share books!
Author: Joyce Dunbar Illustrator:Selina Young Publisher: DK, 1999 Ages: 2-6 Themes: pigs, wishes, bedtime Opening:Once there was a pig who swallowed a magic acorn so that all of her wishes came true. “Oh, I do wish, I could get out of my pigpen and look at the stores,” said the pig. Summary: (from my library catalog) When a pig swallows a magic acorn, all her wishes come true.
I like this book because: The cheerful illustrations from Selina Young attracted me to the book, and the linear and rollicking story of what happens when your wishes come true took my delight to another level – and in the end I was left with a warmed heart!
Resources/activities: Where might your wishes take you? This kind of story could be recreated in the round and each telling would be unique.
For existing PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE