PPBF: In the Small, Small Pond PLUS Library Week WINNERS

Yes, I know. It is Saturday already. Which means I missed posting for Perfect Picture Book Friday.

Oh dear…and I promised to announce the three winners in the Show Me How Library Giveaway. So, if it is okay with all of you, I will pretend it is Friday. Does that work?

The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of family visits to Chicago and several of its suburbs, as well as an inspiring week at the Wild Midwest SCBWI conference. Presentations by Candace Fleming, Lisa Wheeler, Lisa Cron, Kristen Fulton, Melissa Manlove, Linda Sue Park, Miranda Paul, Pat Zeitlow Miller, Jill Esbaum, and Casey Valiant filled my days. I reconnected with old friends like Kristen Fulton, Sarah Maynard, Angie Karcher, Lisa Rose, Pam Miller, and Stacy Jensen…and also connected with many new ones. If any of you writers or illustrators have not been to an SCBWI conference yet, I heartily encourage you to do so. They are PRICELESS!

My Perfect Picture Book Friday pick comes direct to you from the conference…I was lucky enough to win a copy of In the Small, Small Pond. Are you a fan of writing rhyming picture books? Or do you illustrate your own stories? Then this classic from Denise Fleming will be a great mentor text for you.

in a small small pond

In the Small, Small Pond

Written and illustrated by Denise Fleming

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (1994)

Ages: 2 and up

Themes: Pond life, nature


From Kirkus:

“In the same format and gorgeous illustrative style, a companion to In the Tall, Tall Grass (1991, Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor), with the succinct rhyming text (“waddle, wade, geese parade”), in bold black, beautifully integrated into art created in the process of making paper from pulp dyed in brilliant colors. This time, the child observer is Oriental; and where the first book moved from noon to night, the implicitly suggested cycle here is from tadpole and gosling to “Chill breeze, winter freeze.” Another perfect introduction to nature for the very young.”

Why I like this book:

  • Sparse rhyming text encourages young children to join in with the reading.
  • The illustrations are magnificent…it was a Caldecott Honor Book.
  • Great read-aloud.
  • Parents and teachers can use this story as a springboard for a discussion on life cycles of various animals


Related Activies:

The author/illustrator is one of the most creative artists I know. I was blessed to see her in person at the WOW Retreat last year…her presentation on paper-making definitely wowed everyone! Why not try some simple paper-making with your kids?

paper making

Photo courtesy: http://tinkerlab.com

For detailed instructions: http://tinkerlab.com/how-to-make-paper/

For more paper-making ideas: http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/sci/recyclingpaper.html


I hope you all find the time to give paper-making a try…it’s lots of fun!

And now it’s time to announce the winners of our National Library Week giveaway. Thank you so all of you who subscribed to my email list…I haven’t bothered you with any mailings yet…but I am hoping to get my newsletter out soon…and hopefully, that won’t be a bother to you!

As I had mentioned, many libraries are very limited in what new materials they can buy for their collections because of reduced revenues. The winners will be able to present their libraries with a copy of Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking. In the event your library doesn’t accept patron donations (many do…but some don’t), you are welcome to keep the book…or donate it to a local family shelter.


Sue Morris @ Kit lit reviews

Jane Heitman Healy

Sandy @ A Very Busy Mom


Thank you to all who have signed up already…if you haven’t and you would like to, just click on this link.

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This post is part of a series for parents and teachers called Perfect Picture Book Fridays hosted by Susannah Leonard Hill. Click on her link and find lots of other picture book suggestions with summaries and activities.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, dear friends and readers.

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (Pomegranate Press, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, 2019), FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY WE MOVE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2019), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my 9-year old grandson.

Posted on May 7, 2016, in book giveaway, Craft activities for kids, Perfect Pictture Book Friday, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Thank you, Vivian!! I am over the moon excited because I know there will be great ideas of things to do with my granddaughters!!

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  2. Oh–and I should add that Vivian is not fooling about Denise Fleming’s art technique. I saw her at the Plum Creek Children’s Lit Festival last fall and was amazed and very, very impressed.

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  3. IN THE SMALL, SMALL POND. I know this book, Vivian, and I love it. My grandchildren are 11 and 12 and into much “older” books, so I make the most of my best friend’s granddaughter’s birthdays, and this year this book was a show stealer!

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  4. The book looks very bright and interesting. I love your activities. Thanks for sharing, Vivian.

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  5. What a perfect choice! I love the story and your activities!

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  6. I definitely will read this book. I want to study it as a mentor text for a manuscript I’m working on.

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  7. books4learning

    I read this one to my kids when they were little. This book is wonderful!

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  8. Oh, I love Denise’s books! How lucky you were to meet her in person! Her process is nothing short of amazing!

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