And how about a Hip Hip Hooray!
It’s Day 14 of Christie Wild’s PB 14:14 Challenge. http://christiewrightwild.blogspot.com/2015/02/day-14-how-big-is-million-patterns.html
And, it’s also Perfect Picture Book Friday. http://susannahill.blogspot.com/2015/02/perfect-picture-book-friday-finding.html
Life can’t get much better!
I’ve been trying to polish a particular picture book manuscript…it’s about a boy who wants to be a cowboy…and it’s in rhyme. Complicated rhyme. Which is hard to do. I’m so reluctant to change it up – into prose or free verse – because, as you know if you are a writer, it’s difficult to ‘kill our darlings’… that is, get rid of something we love or have gotten attached to.
And then I found this book in a library discard pile – a totally fun romp of simple rhyme and active verbs and awesome illustrations – all about a little cowpoke who joins a cattle drive.
So I will be rethinking my own manuscript – and offering this charming picture book as an example of the top ten element of rhyme.
Author: Caroline Stutson
Illustrator: Daniel San Souci
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books
Top Ten Element: Rhyme
Age Level: 3+
“Painted mountains at daybreak.
Rising slowly, cowpokes wake.
Boots and vests and leather chaps.
Bright bandannas. Cowpoke hats.”
From Amazon: “They don their boots and hats and chaps, down their flapjacks, then it’s up into the saddle and off they go. through the chaparral and sage on their ponies, roping strays.
Young children will be enchanted with this charming good-night book, filled with wonderfully endearing cowboys, busy from dawn to dusk.”
Why I like this book:
- Rollicking rhyme that is fun to read aloud
- Wonderful illustrations that are full of action
- Very few words – but each one counts!
- Multi-cultural and intergenerational characters
How parents can use this book:
- Fun bedtime story
- Great read-aloud
- Play with rhymes – have your child finish each sentence with a different rhyming word
MAKE A PAPER COWBOY HAT
Photo courtesy: http://www.firstpalette.com
For detailed instructions of the cowboy hat or any other hats pictured, please go to: http://www.firstpalette.com/Craft_themes/Wearables/easypaperhat/easypaperhat.html
And here’s a YouTube video on making a cowboy hat:
Moms and Dads, Teachers, Librarians and Fellow-writers: Don’t forget to hop over to Susanna’s Perfect Picture Book Friday: http://susannahill.blogspot.com/2015/02/perfect-picture-book-friday-finding.html
and also to Christie Wild’s PB 14:14 Challenge: http://christiewrightwild.blogspot.com/2015/02/day-14-how-big-is-million-patterns.html
. Lots of great picture book stuff in the air.
The ReFoReMo Challenge officially starts on March 1st…but Carrie Charley Brown is offering some pre-challenge blog posts that won’t disappoint – did I mention a plot tool that will help you construct your picture book manuscripts? http://www.carriecharleybrown.com/reforemo/prereforemo-day-1-carrie-charley-brown-lays-the-foundation
As Roy Rogers and Dale Evans used to sing, “Happy Trails to you, until we meet again.”