It’s time for a Happy Dance!!!!
Children’s author Susanna Leonard Hill, founder of Perfect Picture Book Friday, is resuming her picture book review link-up after a well-deserved summer hiatus.
Last weekend, I attended a special book event at the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver.
Award-winning author/illustrator Peter Brown is touring the country to help launch his new picture book, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. From left to right: Stacy Jensen, Julie Rowen-Zoch, Sheri McCrimmon, me and Julie Hedlund. Oh, and of course, front and center is Peter Brown!
We all enjoyed hearing him read the story…and the little art demo he did for the kids (and us) was FANTASTIC! Peter empowered all of us to believe we COULD draw…maybe I will have to give it a whirl.
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
Written and illustrated by Peter Brown
Publisher: Little Brown and Company (2013)
Opening lines: “Everybody was perfectly fine with the way things were. Everyone but Mr. Tiger.”
Age: 3 and up
Themes: Believe in yourself, be yourself, don’t be afraid to be different
Mr. Tiger is tired of being all prim and proper. When his behavior is deemed ‘too wild’, he leaves the city and goes into the wilderness where he can run around naked and have fun. However, he finds that it is too lonely in the wilderness and decides to return to his friends – who have been busy learning to be a little less straight-laced while he was away.
Why I like this book
- Great read-aloud
- Bold illustrations by Caldecott Honor Award-Winning Peter Brown
- Wonderful message about being yourself and not being afraid to be different
How parents can use this book:
- Wonderful read-aloud…please, please, please read to your child EVERY DAY
- Good springboard for a discussion on having the courage to be different
- Highlights the importance of believing in oneself
I encourage parents and teachers to get a copy of this book…it’s the kind of story that will have kids saying, “Read it again, please!!!!” Available in bookstores and on Amazon.
To extend the enjoyment and learning of every story time, I love to use a craft activity. Here’s a fun project using a paper plate. White or colored paper plates, brown or white paper lunch bags, a box of markers, a pair of scissors, a glue stick and some construction paper – that is all you need for hours of inexpensive, educational, self-esteem building fun with young kids!
PAPER PLATE TIGER
You can find instructions for this project as well as many other crafts here: http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/metiger.html
Our packing is progressing – you can finally walk into our walk-in closets! Stacks of boxes with labels line each room. I’m excited to be going to New Hampshire where I will spend many happy hours, reading and crafting and cooking with our five-year old grandson.
Please come back here on Sunday…I’m part of a virtual book tour for 11-year old author Erik Weibel of This Kid Reviews Books…I’ll be reviewing his new book: The Adventures of Tomato and Pea: Book One…A Bad Idea.
- PPBF: Mr.Tiger Goes Wild and a GIVEAWAY! (julierowanzoch.wordpress.com)
- Thank God Friday #10 – birthdays, bugs & other shitty drafts (mummumstheword.wordpress.com)
- Not Just Child’s Play: A Fall 2013 Picture Book Preview (theatlanticwire.com)
- WILD: sweet picture book about a feral child who won’t be tamed (boingboing.net)
- Mr. Tiger Goes Wild: A Charming Modern-Day Fable about Authenticity and Acceptance (brainpickings.org)
- Why Picture Books, Why Now? (beckylevine.com)
- Blurbs From the Branch: New Picture Books! (libraryquickpicks.cedarmill.org)