What? You guys are back?
Not tired of hanging out with me?
I’m so glad, because we’ve got a 2017 debut picture book to review for Perfect Picture Book Friday plus an awesome fun craft to create with kids. Plus a fabulous giveaway prize package from author Jessica Petersen. More about that at the end of the post.
But first, more picture book goodness…author Peter McCleery reminded me that we have a copy of Bob and Joss Get Lost to give away from last week’s Will Write for Cookies post.
AND THE WINNER IS:
Congratulations, Sandy…I will give Peter your email so he can connect with you and get you the book!
And now, let’s get back on track with our Perfect Picture Book of the week.
OLD TRACKS, NEW TRICKS
Written and illustrated by Jessica Petersen
Publisher: The Innovation Press (2017)
Ages: Preschool – Grade 3
Trains, imagination, working together
Wooden train tracks Trixie, Tracky, and Tinker are thrilled to finally join a train set of their own. Unfortunately, their excitement derails when they discover things at their new home are not what they expected. Bossy wooden trains blare orders, and the old tracks snore on the floor. But with a little creativity, the three new tracks work together to prove that you really can teach old tracks — and trains! — new tricks.
With rhyming text and clever word play, Old Tracks, New Tricks is sure to entertain parents and children of all ages, from train-obsessed toddlers to school-age kids looking for new ways to play with their old favorite toys. Full directions for each fun “trick” from the story can be found at the back of the book to inspire hours of creative train play.
Why I like this book:
- Visually stimulating, this book encourages creativity, inspires imagination, and creates many moments of working together.
- I’m a big fan of repurpose and recycle…I know many parents relegate the train sets to the back of the closet when kids lose interest in them…this book is your best reason to pull them out again.
Make A Ride On Train
Photo courtesty: http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/trains-craftsideasactivitieskids.html
Wow…can you imagine how much fun your child will have with this.
You will need: Cardboard boxes, paper plates, empty oatmeal box, glue, scissors, markers…optional: tempura paint, construction paper/newspaper/gift wrap.
- Cut the boxes as show in the picture or as you desire.
- Cover with some type of paper (newsprint, giftwrap, construction paper) or paint or let your child color with markers or crayons.
- Decorate the paper plate wheels and attach with glue (or stapler).
- Cover oatmeal box with construction paper and attach to front top of train.
- Cut front grill from paper, decorate, and attach.
- With only a few cents of materials, you and your child will have a ball.
- If you don’t have boxes large enough for your child to sit in, make a train from shoeboxes or cereal boxes, attach a string, and you’ll have a pull-toy.
For more train crafts: http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/trains-craftsideasactivitieskids.html
Jessica’s book include many creative ideas also.
So cool, right? Who would’ve thought! If you’d like to throw your conductor’s cap in the ring, leave a comment here and/or on tomorrow’s Will Write for Cookies post. Author Jessica Petersen is giving away a super prize package: a signed copy of Old Tracks, New Tricks plus a wooden track decorated as one of the characters in the book plus a sheet of decals so the child can decorate his own tracks (or anything else…like walls, baby sisters, etc.).
Have a wonderful weekend…and don’t forget to come back tomorrow to hear all about the all aboard moment that set Jessica on the right track to create this wonderful book.
And to join in more picture book review fun, please hop over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s website for more Perfect Picture Book Friday posts.
My grandkiddies will love this. Thanks for sharing… Can’t wait to get started 🙂
Thanks! I hope you enjoy it.
Nice review! 🙂
Loved the interview. What a lovely book; excellent for kids.
Thank you, Brenda!
This book looks delightful. I still have the train track set and table in my kids playroom, but nobody plays with the tracks anymore…maybe this book will inspire them to repurpose.
Thank you! One of my main intents in writing it was to help inspire older kids to get out the wooden train tracks again. I really think the tracks are a great elementary school-age toy, with all the complex building possibilities, and I’ve been so pleased to hear about kids getting re-interested in their train sets after reading the book.
I love the idea of repurposing the old tracks & trains. And congratulations, Jessica, on the publication of a rhyming picture book!
Thanks! The funny thing is that I wrote the book under contract, and I was asked to try to write it in rhyme. I had to laugh because that’s usually such a hard sell! But I was very pleased I was able to (I hope) pull it off in the end.
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I still have my kids’ wooden train set. Brings back lots of memories and maybe it will be used again one day! Congratulations, Jessica on a very clever book!
Thank you very much, Judy!