Happy Friday, everyone! It’s time for a Perfect Picture Book review and activity. Susanna Hill’s blog is the place to go to find a whole bunch of other picture book reviews.
Spring is almost here – yes – can you hear the birds singing? Can you see the snow melting? I’m ready for Spring!
My perfect picture book pick makes me think about spring.
Title: Raindrops Roll
Story and Photographs by April Pulley Sayre
Publisher: Beach Lane Books (2015)
Themes: Rain, Nature
“Rain is coming. You can feel it in the air.”
“Discover the wonder of water in this refreshingly fun and fascinating exploration of rain, raindrops, and the water cycle from the creator of Rah, Rah, Radishes! and Go, Go Grapes!
Raindrops drop. They plop. They patter. They spatter. And in the process, they make the whole world feel fresh and new and clean.
In this gorgeously photo-illustrated nonfiction picture book, celebrated author April Pulley Sayre sheds new light on the wonders of rain, from the beauty of a raindrop balanced on a leaf to the amazing, never-ending water cycle that keeps our planet in perfect ecological balance.”
Why I like this book:
- Simple lyrical text is perfectly matched to astonishingly beautiful photographs
- Up close and personal look at insects, leaves, flowers
How a parent can use this book:
- Discuss the effect rain has on the environment – what would animals and plants do without it?
- Go on a nature walk in the rain
- The author has wonderful information and resources at the end of the book
Make a Nature Book
- Take a walk with your child on a rainy day – bring along a camera
- Snap photos of plants, insects and anything else that looks cool in the rain
- Put together a book with some of the photos – encourage your child to write a few words (or tell them to you so you can write them) about each picture
I wanted to give a shout out to author Lauri Fortino who blogs at Frog on a Blog. If you haven’t visited her blog yet, run, don’t walk…it is fantastic! She does picture book reviews and author/illustrator interviews…she’s a supporter of Picture Book Pass It On and many other initiatives that help kids get books. At the end of December, she honored me with the Inspiring Blogger Award. The award comes with several rules:
- Display the award on your blog
- Link back to the person who nominated you
- State 7 things about yourself
- Nominate 15 bloggers, link to them, and notify them about their nominations
I know you are all on the edge of your seats to hear 7 things about me…I’ll try not to shock you too much:
- I stay up VERY late and often don’t get to bed until 3am,
- Because I am on the computer for 8+ hours every day,
- Because I participate in far too many critique groups (6),
- Because I love reading manuscripts,
- Because I adore helping other writers while honing my own writing skills,
- Because I want to write a picture book that sings,
- Because I believe 100% that exposure to good picture books gives children a great head start in life!
Okay…that was cheating a bit, I guess. I think most of you probably knew all of those things already. So here’s another list:
Photo courtesy http://www.50states.com/us
- I’ve been to every state except Alaska and I would love to go there one day – on a cruise.
- The first cross-country trip my husband and I took lasted 6 weeks – we went from NYC to Vancover, BC, then down the coast of Washington, Oregon and California to Ensenda, Mexico then to Las Vegas, on to the Grand Canyon and back to NY. Total cost including motels every night, breakfast and dinner every day, gas, admissions (Disneyland and many National Parks), souvenirs (like oil on velvet paintings and silver jewelry from Mexico) was $1200. Hard to believe. But see #3.
- I earned $100 a week in my first year of teaching kindergarten in the NYC public school system.
- My first international flight was probably the longest flight I could have planned – 24 hours of flight time from Colorado to Singapore.
- I LOVE air-popped popcorn sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and dark chocolate and ice cream (any flavor).
- I won a lindy dance contest with my husband many years ago.
- My favorite food is Indian –I learned how to make curries as a young bride because my hubby and I loved them so much.
I know the award rules say I should name 15 people to pass the award on to. I also know that many of you are so busy, this would be a hardship. All of you inspire me – so I offer the award to all of you – please post it on your blog if you don’t already have it.
Enjoy the weekend, everyone!