Friday, January 25, 2013

PPBF: Bugs Galore

Here's another book for Perfect Picture Book Friday.

Bugs Galore
Written by Peter Stein
Illustrated by Bob Staake
Candlewick Press, 2012

Suitable for: Ages 4 and up

Theme/Topic: Bugs/Rhyme

"Big bugs, small bugs,
creep bugs, crawl bugs,

Brief Synopsis: Bugs of all shapes, colors, and sizes -- including bed bugs, cute bugs, live bugs, and dead bugs – are presented in illustrations and rhyme. (That's from the summary on the copyright page. That description "presented in illustrations and rhyme" seems silly for a 2012 book, but is accurate.)

Link to Resources: One exercise would be to identify some of the bugs in the book. Peter Stein talks about their attributes, but doesn't name them like "What is a 'slime-your-hand bugs!'?" An art lesson plan on bugs.

Why I chose this book: I picked up this book at the library for its bright, quirky digital illustrations. I really liked the font used in this book – Zalderdash. I equally love the name. I kept reading for its delightful rhyme. There is also a Cars Galore book.

For more Perfect Picture Books, check out Susanna Leonard Hill's Blog.

Friday, January 18, 2013

PPBF: Heave Ho!

Here's a fun one for Perfect Picture Book Friday

Heave Ho!
Written by Heinz Janisch
Illustrated by Carola Holland
NorthSouth Books, 2006
First published in Austria under the title Ho Ruck!

Suitable for: ages 2 and up

Theme/Topic: teamwork, counting

Opening:"This story is told in twelve sentences. (Start counting now!)"

Brief Synopsis: From the inside cover flap: "A thrilling story in just twelve sentences? Impossible you say? Think Again! Marvelously fresh text, cheeky illustrations, and a surprise ending are all served up in this wonderfully concise tale of a dog, a cat and three mice ..."

Link to Resources: This teamwork lesson plan is for older kids, but could be modified. For younger kids, building with blocks to create one building or object could strengthen team building skills. Here's a counting lesson. We count a lot in our house right now. Well, not in the correct order yet.

Why I chose this book: Technically, there are 14 sentences, but who's counting? The story is told in 12. The surprise ending is delightful.

With a toddler, I like short, rich stories. I tend to write short too (still working on the rich part). The illustrations blend beautifully with this story. As a writer, it inspires me to submit some of the shorter ones that rely so much on illustrations. This was a library find. Used versions of the book are available online.  The author's website is in German, but Google translated the site.

For more Perfect Picture Book Fridays books, check out Susanna Leonard Hill's blog.

Friday, January 11, 2013

PPBF: The Best Time of Day

I'm back.

I was off frolicking with Mickey Mouse, family, and helping a sick Hubby — he had the flu. What about you? I hope you don't get it. I really, really do.

Now, it's back to Perfect Picture Book Fridays business.
The Best Time of Day
Written by Eileen Spinelli
Illustrated by Bryan Langdo
Gulliver Books Harcourt, Inc., 2005

Suitable for: ages 4 and up

Theme/Topic: Time, Farm Life

"The best time of day for the rooster is when
the sun rises high over barnyard and pen.
He wakes up the farmer, the animals too,
with his rowdy-dow "Cocka-doodle-dee-doo!"

Brief Synopsis: From the animals to the family, everyone on the farm has a favorite time of day.

Link to Resources: Ask your child what is his or her favorite time of the day. Parents could talk about their own or even share what they do after their kiddos go to bed — ice cream and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart anyone or sneaking off to write? Here's a lesson on telling time.

Why I chose this book: This story kept Enzo's attention as we followed a day on the farm from sun up to sun down. My favorite character in the book is Granny McCall.

I was surprised this book was available in a Kindle edition for a low price of $4.62. I purchased a copy and was disappointed. The pages don't appear correctly unless you have your Kindle in a horizontal position.

I'm not sure who uploaded/formatted the book, but the pages are small on screen. To compensate, the original pages appear in one double spread and then another double spread of the same page appears with the words typed in a larger font. This disrupts the flow of the book.

So, I don't recommend purchasing the ebook version of this one, which kills me to say, because I love ebooks. I returned this one for a refund, because on further inspection some of the efforts to "improve the text" were on the wrong pages. Just find this one from the library, because in print it is perfect.

For more Perfect Picture Book Fridays books, check out Susanna Leonard Hill's blog.