Perfect Picture Book Friday: MOTH AND WASP, SOIL AND OCEAN

Hello dear friends! I hope you haven’t given up on me. With a March 1st deadline, I’ve been writing and revising for the past three weeks. I’m happy to say that four of the manuscripts for the compilation book are already on the editor’s desk. I have one more ready to go, another almost there, a third that needs a bit more research, and a fourth…well…let’s just say that one is still a rough draft. 

January was also Tara Lazar’s STORYSTORM challenge and I now have a notebook with 30+ new story ideas. If you didn’t get a chance to hop over to read my post, you can click here. I shared how I got ideas for all of the books that are now under contract – and a few that are out on submission. If you are writing with the view to getting traditionally published, I urge you to read Jane Yolen’s post – I am always inspired by her words.

Speaking of being inspired…our Perfect Picture Book Friday selection does exactly that! The text by award-winning author Sigrid Schmalzer is glorious and the illustrations by debut picture book illustrator Melanie Linden Chan are incredible!

moth and wasp soil and ocean

MOTH AND WASP, SOIL AND OCEAN: Remembering Chinese Scientist Pu Zhelong’s Work for Sustainable Farming

Written by Sigrid Schmalzer

Illustrated by Melanie Linden Chan

Published by Tilbury House Publishers (2018)

Ages: 6-9

Themes: Sustainable farming, Chinese culture, conservation

Why I like this book:

  • A true gem of history that will inspire adults and kids
  • A beautiful diverse story that will help children get a better picture of life in other places and times
  • Incredible illustrations from debut picture book illustrator Melanie Linden Chan…just incredible!
  • I love the message of sustainable farming!

RELATED ACTIVITIES

Plant Seeds

plants14Photo courtesy: https://www.prekinders.com/category/themes/plants-seeds/

One of the favorite activities of my kinders was planting seeds. They loved getting their hands in the soil, pressing the small beans, peas, or other seeds with their fingers. Best of all, the loved watching the little green sprouts push up and flourish. For detailed instructions, go here: https://www.prekinders.com/category/themes/plants-seeds/

For more wonderful picture book reviews, please go to Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog. And for today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday link up, go here.

And while you are there, why not check out her Valentiny Contest that starts soon!

And last, but definitely not least, if you’d like to get a peek at the 2018 Debut Picture Books, please visit the Epic Eighteens website.

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend. Stay warm or stay cool, whichever you prefer.

 

 

 

23 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: MOTH AND WASP, SOIL AND OCEAN

  1. As a farmer’s daughter, I love the concept of this book! And it’s a topic I know absolutely nothing about (except for understanding what sustainable farming is). So I’ll be seeking this one out. Thank you!

    Also, love how the seedlings are leaning toward the light—phototropism. Thanks for putting this book in your radiant spotlight, Vivian!

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  2. After reading your review I jumped over to my library online to reserve a copy but sadly, it isn’t in their system… Looks like I’ll have to do a little sleuthing to find a copy. Having grown up in the heart of farm country, I have a love of farming stories and illustrations. This looks like a story that will win my heart.

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  3. I have always been intrigued with sustainable farming. Must check this one out. We have a historic farm (state park) in Ohio, Malabar Farm, where many ideas were practiced by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield. Love the cover and title.

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  4. As soon as I read your post I knew I wanted to read this book … just for myself. But my library doesn’t have it! Will have to check the local bookstore.
    Thanks for sharing, Vivian!

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  5. I am so impressed with your working habit of all that writing and revising.

    Great book showcased here, too. Also, love your craft. It reminds me one does not need to buy the store’s seed planter pods to have nice plants in their garden. 🙂

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  6. Pingback: Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean – Beth Anderson, Children's Writer

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