Perfect Picture Book Friday Review and Activity: PAX AND BLUE plus Giveaway

Today is the last day of March…and you know what they say…it comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.

We will keep our fingers crossed for good weather, blue skies, and balmy temperatures. But I don’t think I have enough fingers, because they say there is a blizzard coming today.

In the meantime, please sit back and relax. I’ve got a wonderful Perfect Picture Book Friday for you!

Oh wait! Last week’s wonderful author, Catherine Bailey offered a super-duper prize package of a signed copy of LUCY LOVES SHERMAN plus a lobster cookie cutter and a bookmark.



Congratulations, Paula. Please contact me so I can get your mailing information to Catherine.

Today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday also has a giveaway…so don’t forget to leave a comment. I also have a favor to ask. If you have not yet signed up for my email list, please do! One day, I PROMISE, I will be sending out a newsletter…and hope to have coupons for critique discounts for writers and other neat stuff for teachers and parents and kids. And all of that goodness can be yours…but only if you click on the sidebar logo. Many of you are already followers of my blog, but the email list is different. It allows me to email you directly. If you follow my blog, but aren’t subscribed to my email list, please click on the Positive Parental Participation logo. I thank you!

And now, on to our fabulous 2017 debut picture book from Lori Richmond.

book cover


Written and illustrated by Lori Richmond

Publisher: Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster (2017)

Ages: Preschool – Grade 3


Friendship, thoughtfulness, kindness


From Amazon:

“A young boy makes an unlikely friend on his way to school. One thing is for sure. Pax is the littlest everywhere he goes. In school. At playtime. On the train. Then Pax meets a pigeon at the park—he names him Blue and makes a friend who knows what it’s like to be small. And understanding each other can lead to the best friendships.”

Why I like this book:

  • The text is so simple…how did the author say so much with so few words?
  • It definitely helps that she is also the illustrator…and a darn good one! There is a purity and a simplicity in the illustrations that lets us discover the true message of the book.
  • And the message is one that we want to share with children every day…how to be a real friend! This book will be a wonderful launch pad for discussions about friendship at home and in schools.



Rainbow  Pigeon Mobile

pigeon craft

Photo courtesy:

You will need: Piece of construction paper, feathers or colored tissue paper or other scraps of colored construction paper, markers, glue, string.

  1. Cut construction paper in shape of bird.
  2. Glue feather or crumpled pieces of tissue or construction paper onto bird.
  3. Use marker to draw eyes, beak.
  4. Punch hole at top and thread string through it.
  5. Hang in the breeze and watch the bird flutter and fly.

For more wonderful bird craft ideas:


Have a wonderful weekend, dear friends…don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway of a copy of PAX AND BLUE…and please come back tomorrow for:


Will Write for Cookies


 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.

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever - Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (PomegranateKids, March 15, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, Feb 13, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, May 1, 2019); MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, Spring 2020); FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020) picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my young grandson.

Posted on March 31, 2017, in Craft activities for kids, Giveaway, Perfect Pictture Book Friday, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 60 Comments.

  1. Fun review Vivian. I love birds, so this is a really fun book for me.


  2. Kathy Shanahan

    Kindness is such an important message to convey to children, especially in these egregious times. Such a delightful book and art activity to share with my preschoolers!

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  3. Midge Ballou Smith

    Sweet little story. Thank you Vivian!

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  4. Sounds like.a good one. I do love the Paula Wiseman imprint!

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  5. I agree, Vivian – Lori’s illustrations are adorable! My local library has A Hop is Up. Good luck with Pax and Blue, Lori. I’m sure young children will relate to being small and enjoy the story of a budding friendship.

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  6. Definitely the theme of being a real friend is one to emphasize with children over and over. Of course, us grown ups could probably heed a lesson like this too! Looks great.

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  7. I love the rainbow pigeon mobile.

    I have been wanting to read this one sine it came it. It looks like a really precious story. Love Lori’s art work.

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  8. mariagianferrari

    I keep hearing about this book! It looks very sweet. Thanks for sharing, Vivian!!

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  9. Lori and I were in a critique group together briefly. I can’t WAIT to see this one – thanks for the review!!

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  10. Congratulations to Lori and thank you, Vivian, for sharing.

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  11. Great pick! especially for grandson Pax!! Who named his fish yellow!

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  12. What a sweet book. (I LOVE pigeons – they get such a bad rap.) Pax and Blue look like such an adorable duo. Friendship books are the best. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks Lori and Vivian!

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    • Thank you, Jill! I agree that pigeons get a bad rap. What I love about this story is the difference in reaction to the situation that Pax and the adults have. The child relates to the bird as being small and empathizes with him… the adults just don’t see it that way. Kids rule.


    • I agree, Jill…Pax and Blue are a GREAT duo…maybe we will see a sequel or two..they are very relatable to young kids. 🙂


  13. I have been wanting to read this book, especially after I saw a movie on Netflix called “Little Boy.” Different stories, but the same theme of being small. I love that there is a book for small boys. I think being small is harder on boys than girls. Great pick. Love the cover!

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  14. Beautiful book and one that could be used as mentor text. Interesting to know how you came up with the story. (Hmm just noticed I now also have a film to watch.) Thanks for this ladies.

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  15. Virginia Frazier

    Self-esteem and friendship are so important to every child. Looking forward to reading “Pax and Blue”.

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    • Self-esteem…yes, Virginia…my parent-teacher book is all about using activities to build it. Lori did a wonderful job showing how building a friendship can build self-esteem also. I appreciate you stopping by with your lovely comment!


    • Thank you, Virginia. It’s also so important for kids to know that being kind to others can happen in the smallest things we do every day.


  16. can’t wait to read this book!

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  17. Stories about friendship and kindness are so important for young children as they develop their own friendships. Thanks for the review! Can’t wait to read Pax and Blue!


  18. Always happy to see stories about kindness featured. Love your craft idea. Can’t wait to read Pax and Blue.


  19. I love birds,I love special bonds between humans & animals, & I always root for the underdogs: this looks like a wonderful combination of all of these with a friendship theme, too. Can’t wait to read it! Congratulations on your debut, Lori!


  20. Great review! I’ll look for the book! 🙂


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