Friday, May 18, 2012

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Just Another Morning

Here's my selection for Perfect Picture Book Fridays



Just Another Morning 
Written by Linda Ashman
Illustrated by Claudio Muñoz
Harper Collins Publishers, 2004

Suitable for: Ages 4 and up

Theme/Topic: Adventure, Family, Rhyming Picture Book

Opening: 
The day begins as many do:
I find myself inside a zoo.

I'm cornered by a savage ape —
I growl and make a quick escape.

Brief Synopsis: From the book summary — A little boy imagines that the everyday objects around him are fantastic creatures as he goes about his day.

Link to Resources: Read Write Think offers a Choose Your Own Adventure writing experience. Crayola shows kids how to make a hand-crafted journal for a Passport to Adventure. For discussion, parents could ask their children to talk about items that seem like fantastic creatures in their own home.

Why I chose this book: Linda Ashman sent this book to my son last fall when we won her Twelve Days of Christmas in Colorado book (Thanks again Julie). She wrote to Enzo — "Here's hoping every day is a new adventure!" As he turns 2 on Saturday, I can say that every day is an adventure. And, I often wonder, if he thinks like the little boy in this book.
Enzo using a Crayola stylus to color on the iPad.

To find more picture books and resources, please visit Susanna Leonard Hill's blog and look for the Perfect Picture Books page.

32 comments:

  1. Awh Happy Birthday to Enzo for tomorrow, how cute!
    I love the sound of the book. My kids are always pretending things are other things. Yesterday Hannah was playing with shoe laces and calling them snakes!

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    1. Catherine, I should have also added that's a brilliant, "why didn't I think of that" book. As those are often my favorite to read.

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  2. Happy Birthday to Enzo! What a beautiful little boy! Hope he has a great day. Love the review. This looks like a great book for my grandson.

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    1. Maeve, I think it would be. It appears nw and used copies are available at good prices.

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  3. Sounds like the perfect read for my imaginative little guy!

    I really like your blog, by the way. So glad I found it!

    Mike
    www.mikeallegra.com

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    1. Mike, I'm sure you little guy would like it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. I love the excerpt Stacy - what fun rhyming! The passport craft is great!! Thanks for sharing with us :)

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    1. Jennifer, If you ever want to study a great rhymer, Linda Ashman is your author!

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  5. As I scrolled down and saw the cover, I was hooked. The little guy in his top hat, and the hula hoops, just got me!

    I love books about imagination. Catherine's mention of Hannah's shoelaces being snakes reminded me of how many times I played "snakes" with two of Mum's necklaces on the chenille bedspread on my parents' bed.

    Happy birthday to Enzo! It's such a delight to watch him growing up.

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    1. Beth, Yes. It's a fun one. It's a great reminder of how everyday things can be fun, exciting and different.

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  6. Happy Birthday to your little man :) Such a cutie. And thanks for sharing this book - it looks like lots of fun and very creatively inspiring :)

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    1. Susanna, Thanks. It is a fun book for readers and writers.

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  7. A Linda Ashman book I don't own??? The Horror! Must rectify that immediately. :-)

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    1. Julie — WHAT! It's really a perfect one for Enzo's age.

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  8. "FUTURE EVIL GENIUS"

    How marvelous! Did you buy him that shirt or was it a gift? ;-D

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    1. Cathy, Bro-in-law works at MIT and it's an MIT T-shirt/gift.

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  9. Children have such wonderful imaginations. I could just sit and listen to them for hours (when they aren't fighting).

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    1. Kirsten, I did that this afternoon with Enzo. He was supposed to be napping. It was fun to watch him play with his books and listen.

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  10. Love pretend games and pretending things are different than they are. Thanks for the photo of Enzo. He couldn't be sweeter. (well for you, that may be when he's asleep. lol ) :)

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    1. Clar, Stories about pretending are fun. He's sweet 99 percent of the time awake too.

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  11. Happy Birthday Enzo. What a lovely book with an important and straight forward message. Love the imagination! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Patricia, It's a good one, especially the rhyme.

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  12. Thank you for sharing the precious picture of Enzo! This is a wonderful book for encouraging children to think creatively...I absolutely love it. Thank you also for the resources...they look great!

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  13. Happy Birthday Enzo! :)
    This book looks pretty interesting! I like the cover art! The story sounds like it has a good idea to it!
    Erik

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  14. Aww! Happy Birthday, Enzo! What a cutie :)

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  15. Happy Birthday Enzo (Germahns haf to wait til ze ektual birsssday!) I love Claudio Munoz's illustrations! Good pick!

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  16. Happy Birthday Enzo! Love the message of the book! Thanks for the review Stacy. That Crayola Stylus looks cool!

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  17. Happy Birthday to Enzo! Kids have the most amazing imaginations and this book sounds like a wonderful celebration of that talent.

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  18. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Enzo! Hope he had a fun day.

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  19. Happy Birthday to your little sweetie . . . *smiling*

    And I'm always on the look-out for books for my 2 year old granddaughter and for GMR's 3 year old grandson!

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  20. Hope the birthday was especially happy...what a cutie.
    Love the book cover and the fact that the book is about imaginings. I absolutely love this type of book, and I didn't know about this one. Thanks for he review.

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