Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. I’ve been absent for a couple of Fridays…and I have to share how touched I was that three kid-lit friends actually reached out to make sure I was okay because they were concerned. I did go away for a long weekend with my family on a nostalgia road trip to visit some familiar places in Connecticut where my kids grew up. But I am back today – and turning the spotlight on a wonderful picture book from Annette Schottenfeld, OBI’S MUD BATH. And the lovely Annette is offering a super giveaway of a copy of the book and some book swag!
OBI’S MUD BATH
Written by Annette Schottenfeld
Illustrated by Folasade Adeshida
Published by Spork (June 22, 2021)
Themes: Africa, drought,
Synopsis: From Amazon:
Zimbabwe is having a dry spell, and it’s way too hot for young rhino Obi. On the hunt for a cool, ooey, gooey, mud bath, he gets his snout stuck in one mess after another. Finally, with help from his new friends, Obi realizes that teamwork and some fancy moves – might just help beat the heat.
Inspired by an actual event, Obi’s Mud Bath includes Common Core Connections and explores themes of perseverance, friendship, and the power of believing.
** A portion of this book’s proceeds will be donated to Water.org, an organization which empowers families around the world with access to safe water and sanitation.
Why I Love This Book:
- Simple, yet dramatic text that young children will love as they follow Obi the Rhino who is searching for a mud bath to cool off in.
- Colorful illustrations that will keep kids turning the pages…I especially love the scene where the animals work together.
- This book shows what a wonderful collaboration between author, illustrator, editor, and sensitivity reader can create…and I love that a portion of the proceeds will go to Water.org.
And did you know that playing in the mud is actually good for children? For nformation about International Mud Day and why it’s good for everyone to play in the mud: https://www.alleghenyfront.org/international-mud-day-a-messy-celebration-of-the-earth/
What fun! Animals definitely love to play in the mud…and so do kids. Follow this link for 20 mud play ideas: https://mothernatured.com/nature-play/mud-play-for-kids/
And before you run out and get all muddy, for a chance to win a copy of Obi’s Mud Bath, please leave a comment below and share how you like to cool off on a hot day. Follow Annette (@nettschott) on Twitter for an extra ticket in the giveaway.
The winner will be announced on June 29th – National Mud Day – on Twitter!!!
To find out more about Annette and her books you can visit her website where you can find an Educator Guide and Activity Pages: annetteschottenfeld.com
One of the things I found out about Annette when we chatted was that her path to publication included classes at Children Book Academy where she worked on this manuscript with founder Mira Reisberg. You just never know where a course or conference will lead you.
I hope you all have a beautiful weekend. Please stay safe and well.