PPBF: The Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle

Author: Rumer Godden
Illustrator:
 Mairi Hedderwick
Publisher: Viking, 1970(Illustrations,1972)
Age: 
4-8
Themes: simple living, folk tale, wishes

Opening: Once upon a time there was an old woman who lived in a vinegar bottle.* (read the book to find out what is meant by a “vinegar bottle”.)

Summary: (from my library catalog) In this British variant of a traditional tale, an ungrateful woman who complains constantly about her house is granted increasingly grandiose wishes by a fairy.

I picked this book because: As some of you know, it is not commonplace for me to choose a picture book with a lot of text! But I was soooo intrigued by the title! And I enjoyed sinking in to a wonderful writer’s voice and retelling of an old folk tale. As we head into colder months I think this might be just the ticket for sharing while waiting for something delicious to come out of the oven! Enjoy!

Resources/activities: read other titles for children from Rumer Godden; consider and discuss the kind of home you occupy, does it fit your needs, too big or too small? If you had a few wishes, what might you wish for? Do you know if someone you love has a wish you might fulfill? Draw the items you think you need to be content – how much space do you need?

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

PPBF: The Paper-Flower Tree

PaperFlowerTree1Author/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.

PaperFlowerTree7Why 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!

PaperFlowerTree10Resources/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

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

PPBF: The Pig Who Wished

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!

WishCoverAuthor: 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.

WishEndpapersI 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!

WishTitleResources/activities: Where might your wishes take you? This kind of story could be recreated in the round and each telling would be unique.

WishFor existing PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE