Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday…and Happy Fall!
We had several book publications pushed, so I had to reschedule today’s planned post. But never fear, dear friends! Have I got a Perfect Picture Book for you!
IT’S NOT JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
Written by Josh Funk
Illustrated by Edwardian Taylor
Published by Two Lions Press (September 2017)
Themes: Be true to yourself, trust in yourself
Jack is not fond of the bossy narrator of his fairy tale! When Jack is told to trade his beloved cow Bessie for some magic beans, throw the beans out the window, climb the ENORMOUS beanstalk that sprouts overnight, and steal from a GIANT, he decides this fairy tale is getting out of control. In fact, he doesn’t want to follow the story line at all. Who says Jack needs to enter a life of daring, thievery, and giant trickery? He takes his story into his own hands—and you’ll never guess what happens next!
With laugh-out-loud dialogue and bold, playful art (including hidden fairy tale creatures for kids to find), this Jack and the Beanstalk retelling will have children rolling with laughter till Bessie the cow comes home.
Why I like this book:
- Josh Funk wrote it! No, seriously, this guy is super funny and has his finger on the pulse of what kids want to hear.
- The illustrations are bold, bright, and full of fun.
- Clever retelling of an old classic…with a new twist!
PLANT SOME BEANS (of course!)
Photo courtesy: http://theimaginationtree.com/2012/04/growing-beans-on-cotton-balls.html
Kids love to garden. And bean seeds can be planted indoors all year long with great results. For detailed instructions: http://theimaginationtree.com/2012/04/growing-beans-on-cotton-balls.html
More great planting activities here: http://www.peepandthebigwideworld.com/en/educators/curriculum/family-child-care-educators/plants/activity/guided-activity/157/planting-bean-seeds/
Write fractured fairy tales with your kids…they’ll have a ball!
For more picture book reviews, hop over to Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday where authors, teachers, librarians, and parents share their favorite picture books!
Have a wonderful weekend, dear friends. The leaves are changing into their scarlet and gold headdresses here in New Hampshire. What is fall like for you?
Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends!
Before I share this heartfelt story with you, we have some books to give away.
Author Alayne Kay Christian offered a copy of her chapter book, SIENNA, THE COWGIRL FAIRY. And the winner is…
Author Ariel Bernstein offered a copy of her debut picture book, I HAVE A BALLOON. and the winner is…
Author Penny Parker Klostermann offered a copy of A COOKED UP FAIRY TALE. And the winner is…
Author Nancy Churnin offered a copy of MANJHI MOVES A MOUNTAIN. And the winner is….
ALI EARLE PICHARDO
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL! AND HUGE THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO FOLLOWS MY BLOG. YOUR COMMENTS ARE MUCH APPRECIATED! I’LL BE IN TOUCH TO CONNECT THE WINNERS WITH THE AUTHORS.
AND NOW…OUR PERFECT PICTURE BOOK FRIDAY REVIEW!
Written by Katey Howes
Illustrated by Rebecca Hahn
Published by Ripple Grove Press (2017)
Themes: Friendship, acceptance
From Amazon: Grandmother Thorn treasures her garden, where not a leaf, twig or pebble is allowed out of place. But when a persistent plant sprouts without her permission, Grandmother begins to unravel. “Her hair became as tangled as the vines on her fence. Her garden fell into disrepair. One morning, she did not rake the path.” A dear friend, the passage of seasons, and a gift only nature can offer help Grandmother Thorn discover that some things are beyond our control, and that sweetness can blossom in unexpected places.
Why I like this book:
- Heartfelt tale that reminds me of the old fables I loved as a child.
- Wonderful illustrations that create an atmosphere of mystery.
- Message of friendship and acceptance subtly woven throughout the story.
Gardening with Kids
Photo courtesy: http://www.growingajeweledrose.com
There are so many indoor and outdoor gardening activities we can do with kids. Grab an old toy truck, fill with soil, and plant some seeds. Use empty eggshells as your ‘pot’ and store in the egg carton for stability. Whenever you eat a fruit that has a pit, plant it…who knows what beautiful greenery might flourish. Growing things with kids helps them learn about life, death, and responsibility.
For detailed instructions on many planting activities: http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/03/outdoor-nature-gardening-activities.html
I’m excited for tomorrow’s Will Write for Cookies when a very special kidlit friend of mine and fellow Storm sister, GRANDMOTHER THORN’S author, Katey Howes, will stop by to chat with us. Please leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway of an autographed copy of her book! And remember that Amazon reviews are important and also much appreciated by the author!
For many more picture book reviews, hop over to Susanna Hill’s website this week.