Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday, but I have some exciting news to share first…I just completed Susanna Leonard Hill’s Making Picture Book Magic class.
I can honestly say that I learned more about writing picture books during the one month online course than I did in the last two years. More importantly, it was a hands-on experience ALL THE WAY – personally mentored by the lovely Susanna and filled with amazing comraderie and feedback from the other attendees…thank you to Jeanine, Carrie, Dana, Linda, Heather and Kirsten…for your support, encouragement and inspiration.
Don’t you love getting packages in the mail?
Yesterday the doorbell rang. The mailman had a package for me…I had to sign for it because it was from Singapore. I opened it carefully and took a deep breath, hoping I could bring back the scents of that beautiful city.
I wasn’t able to detect anything in the air, but the contents more than made up for that. TWO PICTURE BOOKS from leading Singapore author, David Seow! Hip hip hooray!
I don’t want to overwhelm you, so I’m reviewing one today and will save the other for another time. I read this one to my grandson last night…he loved it and wanted to hear it again…and we all know that is the sign that an author and illustrator have been successful. If you want to take a look at more wonderful picture book reviews, please visit Susanna Leonard Hill for this week’s contributions or access her amazing list of over 1000 picture book reviews on her blog.
Sam, Sebbie and Di-Di-Di at the Night Safari
Written by David Seow
Illustrated by Soefara Jafney
Publisher: Epigram Books (2013 – this is a new edition – it was first published in 1999)
Ages: 4 and up
Themes: Problem-solving, teamwork, animals
“Sam, Sebbie and Di-Di-Di clapped their hands with delight. They were going to the Night Safari, the only zoo that’s open at night.”
Three young kids are excited to join their parents on an evening trip to the zoo. They travel through the night safari on a tram, meeting elephants, zebras and lions. When the tram tracks are blocked by a sleeping giraffe, all the animals try to help. Finally, the three children decide to politely whisper in the giraffe’s ear to ask him to move.
Why I like this book:
- Great read-aloud
- Wonderful message of teamwork and courtesy
- Bold, bright illustrations
- Another gem from the multi-published author David Seow…this book
- I read this to my five-year old grandson…after the first few pages, he was already chanting the names of the children – Sam, Sebbie and Di-Di-Di!
How a parent can use this book:
- Lovely read-aloud – for bed-time (I love stories where the kids are sleeping at the end…monkey see – monkey do) or anytime
- Talk about animals – where do the animals in the zoo come from – how can we work together to preserve animal habitats
- Look at a map of the world and find deserts, mountain ranges, oceans, jungles, forests
- Talk about the steps we can take when we want to solve a problem
If you’d like to find out more about author David Seow and his books:
Photo courtesy http://www.dltk-kids.com
For complete instructions: http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/mbaggiraffe.htm
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IMPORTANT NEWS: Katherine will be one of our featured authors on Will Write for Cookies at the end of the year…I’m so excited!
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