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Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday.
I am doing a review of a chapter book for ages 6-10. I know that many parents are moving towards chapter books as their children begin reading on their own. And, although I believe that picture books are wonderful for elementary grades even when kids are reading themselves (for so many reasons), I also know that great chapter books continue the engagement of young readers with the world of books. My favorites were Little Women, Black Beauty and ALL of the Nancy Drew series. And, if G.G. Rock Climbs by Marty Mokler Banks had been around then, I know I would not have been able to put it down.
G.G. ROCK CLIMBS
Written by Marty Mokler Banks
Photo Illustrations by Alisa Mokler Harper
Publisher: Switch Monkey Press (2014)
Ages: 6-10 (But I was totally engaged!)
Friendship, self-esteem/self-confidence, overcoming challenges, rock climbing
“Does your mom let you have cake? With thick creamy frosting. And little flowers on top?
Well. My mom does not!
Oh, all right. Maybe on special occasions. But it seems like never. Mom says sugar is Not Good for a Healthy Body.
So when I first opened Stinky Sarah’s birthday party invitation, I immediately thought: CAKE! I get CAKE!”
Eight-year-old G.G. climbs all over stuff—from the couch in her apartment to the boulders at the park. So when she’s invited to Stinky Sarah’s birthday party at Rock Star climbing gym, G.G.’s up the wall in no time. G.G. likes it so much, she and her friend, Isaac, take a rock climbing class. When they head outside, things are suddenly more difficult. Can G.G. brave those steep rock faces up Zoo Canyon?
Why I like this book:
- Well-written, exciting page-turner that will keep kids engaged from the first page to the last
- Love the photo-illustrations – placed at just the right points in the story – really connects you to the story and the characters
- Great message about friendship, facing and overcoming fears, the importance of challenging ourselves
How a parent can use this book:
- Read it with your child – great opportunity to talk about things your child would like to do but maybe is afraid to try
- Talk about how Isaac and G.G. supported and encouraged each other
The book is available on Amazon.
If you’d like to connect with Marty Banks (she the co-coordinator of southern Colorado SCBWI) or learn more about her other books, please visit her website: http://www.martymoklerbanks.com/
Or her blog where she reviews all things chapter book: Chapter Book Chat
Why not visit a local gym or play center that has a rock climbing wall for kids?
Photo courtesy: http://www.ssww.com
For AMAZING crafts and activities using rocks, stones and pebbles, please visit: http://www.kidactivities.net/post/ideas-with-stones-and-rocks-for-kids.aspx
If you are looking for more wonderful book reviews, please visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog. If you are a mom, teacher or librarian, please check out Susanna’s amazing Perfect Picture Book page with over 1000 categorized picture book reviews and activities.
And, because today is my grandson’s sixth birthday, here’s a yummy birthday cake – please help yourselves to a BIG slice!
Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday where I link up with Susannah Leonard Hill’s fantastic group of writers who contribute a picture book review and related resources.
Self-esteem has six basic components. Today’s picture book selection addresses all of them: Mastering tasks and skills, valuing one’s own strengths and qualities, feeling loved and appreciated, learning to express one’s feelings, acknowledging and coping with fears and accepting and loving oneself. I know that parents and teachers will enjoy the simple eco-friendly craft project at the end of my review.
The main character of the story loves singing and Wednesday’s guest post was from Daria, a talented musician who travels around the globe, sharing her passion for music with young children. I hope everyone will check out her post and visit her amazing websites! She provided us with several great musical instrument-making crafts and is giving away a wonderful poster that celebrates music around the world.
A Gift-Bear for the King
Written by Carl Memling
Illustrated by Lillian Hoban
Publishers: E.P. Dutton & Co (1966)
Ages: 2 – 8
Mastering tasks and skills, dealing with disappointment, overcoming adversity, helping others, friendship
“There was once an old man and an old woman who lived in a hut in the forest. They were very poor, but they had a little bear cub for a friend.”
A very talented bear-cub is sent as a birthday gift for the king by a loving old couple. As the bear-cub travels to reach the king, he meets and helps many people. When he finally arrives at the palace, the king’s birthday is long over and the guards lock him up in the dungeon because he is so late. While in his prison cell, the bear-cub sings a sad and beautiful song about his travels. Will the bear-cub spend the rest of his days in the dungeon? Does the king ever find out about his special present? What will happen to the old couple?
Why do I like this book:
The foundations of our self-esteem are laid in the first five years of life…I love picture books that celebrate any of the six components that help a child develop a positive self-image…and this book addresses all six! Gift-Bear for the King was my oldest son’s favorite story…we both knew it by heart by the time he was four. Gift-Bear could sing, stand on his front paws and wash the dishes…he was always ready to help those in need. Young children will be singing along with the refrain before you turn the last page.
The illustrations, in Lillian Hoban’s inimitable style, are charming.
There is a lovely crown craft activity here
There are quite a few crowns and other hat-making craft activities here.
There are excellent step-by-step crown-making instructions with photos here.
KING OR QUEEN FOR A DAY CROWN
The crown you help your child make can be as simple or as fancy as you like. The picture is from a kit you can buy from Oriental Trading Company. I included it to show you how ornate you can make the crown…but your child will enjoy wearing a simple one also.
You will need: Construction paper, buttons or sequins (optional) crayons or markers, glue, scissors.
1. Cut strips of construction paper and measure to fit your child’s head. Piece together with glue if necessary.
2. Cut a zig-zag along the top edge. You can make it fancy like the one above or just simple.
3. Let your child decorate with crayons and/or markers.
4. If you wish, add “jewels” cut from different colored construction paper…or buttons…or sequins. Glue into place and let dry.
5. Fit the decorated crown strip to your child’s head and glue the two ends together.
6. Important tip: Most of you are too young to remember one of the first “reality” shows, Queen for a Day, where an ordinary woman was featured and given prizes and made to feel very special. Perhaps your child can be Queen or King for a Day in your home…helping choose the dinner menu, picking the family game that will be played. Feeling loved, valued and appreciated is such an important element in building self-esteem…children who are confident are less likely to be victims of bullying.
This post is part of a series for parents and teachers called Perfect Picture Book Fridays hosted by Susannah Leonard Hill. Click on her link and find lots of other picture book suggestions with summaries and activities.