Emma’s Elephant: Picture Book Review and Activity

Emma's Elephant: Picture Book Reivew and ActivityI’m adding another wonderful story to the  Perfect Picture Book resource list that author Susanna Leonard Hill is building on her blog. For more wonderful reviews from authors, educators and others who contributed today, please go here.

Emma's Elephant: Picture Book Review and ActivityPlease let me share some good news first! Starting now, the price of the Kindle Edition of Show Me How! will be ONLY $2.99 for the ENTIRE SUMMER. I wanted to make it more available to parents, teachers, VBS, summer playground groups and homeschooling families. This is a SUBSTANTIAL discount off the regular $9.99 price. The activities (100 crafts and 100 recipes and 100 picture book summaries) will definitely help provide fun and educational projects for the kids.

 

 

 

In the spotlight today is another one of the treasures I scooped up in Singapore at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content.

Emma's Elephant: Picture Book Review and Activity

Emma’s Elephant

Written by David Seow

Illustrated by Enrico Sallustio

Publisher: Bonnie Books (2013)

Ages: 3 and up

Themes:

Friendship, animal conservation, family, overcoming fears

Opening Lines:

“Hello, I’m Emma and I have an elephant. Her name is Ella. She has one long trunk, two floppy ears, four big feet, one tiny tail. And she is invisible! But if she likes you, she’ll let you see her. Can you see her?”

Synopsis:

Ella, a young elephant is so scared by hunters that she becomes invisible, except if she likes and trusts you. She seeks help from a little girl named Emma. Emma joins the elephant on a journey to see if they can make the jungle a safer place for all of the animals.

Why  I like this book:

  • Great read-aloud
  • Wonderful message of hope and family togetherness
  • Bold, bright illustrations
  • I attended the book launch for Emma’s Elephant at the 2013 Asian Festival of Children’s Content in Singapore and had a chance to chat with the author, David Seow, and the illustrator, Enrico Sallustio. They both signed my copy of Emma’s Elephant (which I will be giving to my new grand-daughter, Sophie) and it was a pleasure to chat with this talented multi-published duo.

Emma's Elephant: Picture Book Review and Activity

David Seow on the left, Enrico Sallustio on the right and happy me behind them.

How a parent can use this book:

  • Lovely read-aloud
  • Talk about animals in the wild and how we can protect them and their habitats
  • Take a trip to a zoo to see some of the animals mentioned
  • Talk about how Ella reacted when she was afraid…how do you feel when you are afraid? What do you do?
  • If you make the craft, your child can role play with her elephant.

Related Activities:

PAPER PLATE ELEPHANT

Emma's Elephant: Picture Book Review and Activity

  • I love simple crafts for kids.
  • Paper plates are inexpensive and easy to work with.
  • This one is painted…but you can use markers or crayons.
  • Cut pieces of construction paper or material scraps for the legs, trunk, tail, ear and eye and glue in place.
  • Just a few minutes of your time, participating with your child…that’s all it takes…the long-term rewards are amazing!

You can connect with the author and illustrator.

Bonnie Books Publisher

David Seow’s Website and Blog

David Seow’s Facebook

Enrico Sallustio’s Website

Enrico Sallustio on Goodreads

#2013AFCC – A Picture Book is Worth a Thousand Words

#2013AFCC - A Picture Book is Worth a Thousand Words

Today I’d like to share the presentation I did for the Parents Forum at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content in Singapore last week.

My goal was to give parents an overview of how picture books can be used as tools to

  • build self-esteem
  • develop literacy skills
  • strengthen the parent-child connection

With summer right around the corner, children will be looking for things to do. If you have preschoolers, kindergarteners or kids in the first or second grade, picture books can be a life-saver.

I mentioned that parents make a big investment in their children:

  • FOOD
  • SHELTER
  • LOVE
  • EDUCATION

Did you know that Money Magazine did a study in 2011 that showed it costs over  Continue reading

Why Attend a SCBWI Conference? #2013AFCC

Why Attend an SCBWI Conference #2013afcc

Why attend a SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) conference?

I’ve been writing picture book stories since I was a kid.

But it’s only been in the last couple of years that I have seriously pursued the craft of writing.

I joined Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 and Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo.

I participated in Susanna Hill’s various writing prompts and contests.

I even took the plunge and joined TWO critique groups whose members are all 12x12ers…a local one and an online international one (love you all, guys!).

Every month I would read about different SCBWI conferences that people in this kidlit community had attended.

New York, Los Angeles…from coast-to-coast, writers and illustrators were sharing how fantastic it was to connect with others in the field. They gave peeks inside the educational sessions.  They urged people to GO!

So, I did! Last week I took a leap of faith and boarded a plane for Continue reading

[AFCC 2013] Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2013 – One Big Story!

I can hardly believe it! Just two more weeks till I fly to Singapore to participate in the 2013 Asian Festival of Children’s Content. It will be an opportunity of a lifetime. I will definitely take LOTS of pictures and keep a journal of my adventure so I can share with all of you when I get back.

I’m reblogging a fantastic post about it from Myra over at Gathering Books.

And I just found out that Erik, from This Kid Reviews Books, is going to be part of the event via Skype…congratulations, Erik…that is FANTASTIC!

[AFCC 2013] Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2013 – One Big Story!.