Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday. If you need more picture book recommendations, please head over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s for more picture book reviews.
And do I have a treat for you!
The author of today’s Perfect Picture Book is going to be here tomorrow as the featured author on Will Write for Cookies – hip hip hooray!
I’m so excited! I hope you will all come back on Saturday to find out more about this wonderful lady who runs the incredible Frog on a Blog. But right now, I can’t wait to share her lovely debut picture book which is slated to pub on September 1st and can be pre-ordered on Amazon:
The Peddler’s Bed
Written by Lauri Fortino
Illustrated by Bong Redila
Publisher: Ripple Grove Press (2015)
Ages: 4 and up
‘The peddler stopped his cart and climbed down from his seat.
“It’s a fine day,” he said.
“Truly,” answered the little man,”and that’s a fine bed you have there in your cart.”
In this tale of kindness and giving, a peddler attempts to sell a fine, handcrafted bed, guaranteed to never squeak, to a little man who has no bed at all. But the peddler’s heart is moved by the little man’s generosity. When it’s time to get back on the road, will the peddler leave behind the perfect gift of gratitude? ‘
”One afternoon, a little man was working in his tiny garden next to his small house when he heard squeak, squeak, squeak. He saw a peddler driving his cart along the narrow road. The little man’s dog, Happy, barked a friendly greeting.”
Why I like this book:
What a lovely message of kindness and caring wrapped up in a story reminiscent of an old folk tale! The illustrations are bold, the characters are unexpected. Kids will enjoy the ‘squeak, squeak, squeak’ that all the objects make – the cart, the door, the kettle over the fire. I loved it!
One of my favorite activities with kids is to invite them into the kitchen to help prepare a meal. Cooking with kids builds literacy skills and encourages them to make healthy food choices. Here’s a child-friendly soup recipe from my Show Me How book that mirrors the ingredients used in the soup the little old man prepared for the peddlar.
You will need: 2 large carrots chopped, 1 stalk celery chopped, 3 large potatoes cubed, 1 medium onion diced, 3 cups vegetable broth, ¼ tsp thyme or basil, pinch of salt, yogurt (optional). If you happen to have some left over cooked chicken, you can cut it into small cubes or thin slices and add that in after you puree the veggies.
- Combine all ingredients except the salt and the yogurt in a large pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat – cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
- Puree half the mixture in a blender until smooth.
- Combine the pureed portion and the chunky portion.
- Season with salt if desired.
- Garnish each serving with 1 Tb of yogurt if desired.
- Makes 4-6 servings.
A Note for Parents and Teachers
I just received a lovely note from Tabby Kuehl, Intake and Referral Specialist at the VNS of Iowa.
First let me thank you for the fantastic donation of Show Me How! to Storybook. I am kind of sad that it wasn’t available when my children were little.
We had the READ on Tuesday and the moms loved your book!! The first mom who picked it asked “ what part do I read?” I thought about it and we looked through the book and decided that we would look through our other books for the ones you had listed in the book and found several of them. This mom picked Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel; she read him the book and then talked with him about the craft and the cooking and sent both books to her son.
Another mom picked Goodnight Moon and then we picked out several books for them to read over the coming months so they can continue to use the book.
Again thank you so much for your donation!!”
I was thrilled to donate five copies of Show Me How!
I think it’s important for parents to know that young children don’t need fancy electronic gadgets…they only need a good picture book, a few simple inexpensive art supplies (like paper, crayons or markers, safety scissors and glue stick) and your positive participation. If you are looking for a great resource that will give you 100 picture book recommendations with easy matching crafts and child-friendly cooking activities like the Vegetable Soup in this post, please check out my book: https://viviankirkfield.com/my-book/ Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking – it makes a PERFECT gift for any parent or teacher of children ages 2-8…as well as for daycare providers and grandparents. No batteries required…powered by a child’s imagination and a parent’s participation!
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