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!



Written by: Ellen Leventhal and Ellen Rothberg

Illustrated by: Joel Cook

Publisher: Spork (2017)

Ages: Preschool – Grade 3


Responsibility, decision-making, getting along with others


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.



Paper-Plate-Cow-5Photo courtesy:

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!

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 June 9, 2017, in Craft Activity for Kids, Perfect Pictture Book Friday, Picture Book Review, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.

  1. Heather Kinser

    I love the composition of that book cover. Congratulations on the reissue! Every grammar school in Texas must want your book.

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  2. David McMullin

    How wonderful that Bluebonnets is still going strong. I can’t wait for the interview.

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  3. 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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  4. Congratulations on having your book reissued!! What success!!

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  5. Joana Pastro

    Another book to look for! Thanks, Vivian.

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  6. Sue Heavenrich

    What a fun book – and cow-plate activity. And what a wonderful tale of a come-back-stronger than ever.

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  7. Another “must-read” for my list. Thank you!

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  8. Haha… I had to google blue bonnets to realise it was a flower grown in Texas. Never knew that. It’s also known as a blue hat worn by Scottish men back in the 16th to 18th century. What a fun book.

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  9. Sherri Jones Rivers

    Mine is on order. Ellen is delightful and I am so glad I got to meet her in person last summer.

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  10. Congratulations! That is so exciting Ellen. Another PB for my reading list!

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  11. mariagianferrari

    Congrats to you, Ellen!!! Looking forward to reading it!!

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  12. Ellen is one of my favorite FB friends. Congratulations on Bluebonnets.

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  13. Thanks for the intro – the cover is beautiful!

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  14. Adorable cover, great theme for the book, and the perfect craft activity for young children. What more is there to say?! 🙂

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  15. I can’t believe I haven’t read this adorable book.

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  16. 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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  17. This IS a fantastic book with enduring appeal. Thanks for the reminder. I look forward to the interview.

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  18. Oh this looks adorable! Thanks for sharing this and thank you to Ellen for her generous giveaway!

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  19. OMG! Those cow plates are awesome!! Just the thing for the end of the school year.

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  20. I love the cow plate! How fun. Great review, too. Looking forward to tomorrow’s interview.

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  21. I admit I’ve picked a few bluebonnet, but I always plant more!
    Congratulations on the re-release 😀

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  22. Tracey Brown

    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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  23. the plate idea is fantastic love it. Can’t wait to read the book.

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  24. This looks amazing! Congratulations, Ellen! I’m thrilled for you!

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  25. I lived in Texas and the bluebonnets are amazing. Great topic for a pb. On my list! Love the cover.

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  26. This sounds like such a cute book! Yay, Ellen for the reprinting of your book!!!

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  27. 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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  28. Midge Ballou Smith

    I am looking forward to reading this too! Love the cover!

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  29. Congrats on the reissue of Don’t Eat the Bluebonnets. It looks amazing! Can’t wait to read it!

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  30. Congratulations!
    This book looks great- one to check out my next trip to the library. Thanks!

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  31. Sounds like a lovely book, Vivian, and I adore your paper plate cow. 🙂

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  32. Love that Don’t Eat the Bluebonnets was reissued. Congratulations, Ellen! Great craft idea, too. How fun!!

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  33. 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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  34. I missed the first edition of Bluebonnets, so I can’t wait to see this book!

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