Perfect Picture Book Friday: Don’t Eat the Bluebonnets PLUS Critique Giveaway

Hurray for June…school will be out soon for many children, but that doesn’t mean they stop reading—at least I hope not. My plan is to continue with Perfect Picture Book Friday throughout the summer…I’ve already got every weekend scheduled with some of 2017’s best picture book releases.

Today’s book is special for a couple of reasons. It originally launched in 2009, but there was such a demand for it, it’s been reissued, bigger and better than ever before (after all…it’s about Texas Bluebonnets, right?). I’m thrilled about this because the author, Ellen Leventhal, is one of my dearest critique buddies and she’ll be stopping by to chat with us tomorrow. She’s also agreed to do a giveaway of…A PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE! Yes! I know how much everyone loves getting feedback from a published author. And having been on the receiving end of MANY wonderful critiques from Ellen, I can promise you that the lucky winner is in for a TREAT!

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DON’T EAT THE BLUEBONNETS

Written by: Ellen Leventhal and Ellen Rothberg

Illustrated by: Joel Cook

Publisher: Spork (2017)

Ages: Preschool – Grade 3

Themes:

Responsibility, decision-making, getting along with others

Synopsis:

From Amazon:

“Don’t Eat the Bluebonnets is the story of Sue Ellen, a cow with a mind of her own, who loves the taste of bluebonnets. When she gives into temptation and eats every yummy bluebonnet, she must figure out a way to get them back. After several humorous attempts to make things right, Sue Ellen learns the importance of responsibility and decision making.”

Why I like this book:

  • The text is filled with heart and humor. This is a truly funny book.
  • Wonderful read-aloud!
  • Great illustrations.

RELATED ACTIVITIES

MAKE A PAPER PLATE COW

Paper-Plate-Cow-5Photo courtesy: http://www.housingaforest.com/paper-plate-cow/

You will need: Paper plate, construction paper, scissors, glue, markers or crayons, googly eyes (optional…you can also use construction paper).

  1. Cut pink circle for muzzle of cow. Glue in place onto plate.
  2. Cut splotches of black construction paper. Glue into place.
  3. If you have googly eyes, glue those on. If not, just use construction paper and glue in place.
  4. Use marker or crayons to add feature details.

For detailed instructions and more crafts: click here 

Please remember to leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway of a critique from Ellen! And come back tomorrow when she shares her journey…and something sweet…on Will Write for Cookies.

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend!

35 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: Don’t Eat the Bluebonnets PLUS Critique Giveaway

  1. As one of the other members of your critique group I, too, can account for Ellen’s critique skills. And I am so excited to see this book reissued. YAY, ELLEN! This is such a good story and the new illlustrations are wonderful.

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  2. What a great cover. So pleased for your friend, Ellen, that it has been reissued again. It sounds like a really entertaining book that kids will identify with. Who hasn’t done something they haven’t wished they could restore.

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  3. Congratulations on the re-release of your PB, Ellen and thank you for your generous critique give-away! I look forward to the interview tomorrow. Really cute craft idea!

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  5. Congratulations on getting your book released again for a new generation of children. I look forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing about your writing journey and for offering a critique giveaway.

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  6. Yay for Ellen! The fun artwork on the book’s cover is a perfect hint of what’s in store in her delightful book. I’m so glad I have my own copy!

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