Perfect Picture Book Friday: THE STALKING SEAGULLS Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! The warmer weather reminds me of many happy summer days spent on the beach at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York where I grew up. And thinking of the beach reminds me of many snacks lost to marauding seagulls! When I saw this new book by the lovely Michelle Vattula, I knew I wanted to share it with you.

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Perfect Picture Book Friday: I WISH YOU KNEW Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends!

Today’s featured book is going to touch your heart – and if you leave a comment and share the post on social media, you might be the lucky winner of the copy of I WISH YOU KNEW that author Jackie Azua Kramer.

Launching May 25, 2021

I WISH YOU KNEW

Written by Jackie Azua Kramer

Illustrated by Magdalena Mora

Published by Roaring Brook Press

Ages: 4-7

Themes: Deportation, immigration, family

Synopsis: From Amazon:

When Estrella’s father has to leave because
he wasn’t born here, like her,
She misses him.
And she wishes people knew the way it affects her.
At home. At school.
Always.
But a school wrapped around a hundred-year-old oak tree is the perfect place to share and listen.
Some kids miss family,
Some kids are hungry,
Some kids live in shelters.

But nobody is alone.

A story about deportation, divided families, and the importance of community in the midst of uncertainty.

OH MY GOODNESS…this is a must-have book for schools and homes and libraries! And there is also a version in Spanish!

To find out more about the author:

Jackieazuakramer.com Twitter @jackiekramer422 Instagram

RELATED ACTIVITIES

Photo courtesy: https://fourlittlefive.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/my-listening-ear/

Make a Pair of Listening Ears: Why not make a pair for each member of the family – and when your child feels he or she isn’t being listened to, they can grab the listening ears and give it to the person they want to talk with. Or make a game for the family – during story time or discussion time, everyone wears the listening ears except for the person who is speaking. For detailed instructions on how to make this craft: https://fourlittlefive.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/my-listening-ear/

Please remember that the best way to thank an author for a book that you love is to buy the book, review the book (reviews REALLY help), tell friends about the book, ask your local library to purchase copies for their collection.

And don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway! Did you ever feel you weren’t being listened to? Please share.

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend. Please stay safe and be well and stop by tomorrow when author Katie Frawley comes by to chat.

Perfect Picture Book Friday: LITTLE MEDUSA’S HAIR DO-LEMMA Plus PB CRITIQUE Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! Today’s featured book is special for me for several reasons…I can really identify with the main character whose hair is often a do-lemma, especially when her mom insists she wear her python in it. Of course, I didn’t have a python, but I did have unruly hair – ultra-curly and frizzy – and I lived in New York City where it’s humid EVERY season of the year. Also, I’m a huge fan of talented author Jenny Buchet. And guess what? Jenny is offering a PB CRITIQUE to the lucky winner of the giveaway. Make sure you leave a comment below – maybe you can tell us how you felt about your hair when you were a kid.

LITTLE MEDUSA’S HAIR DO-LEMMA

Written by Jennifer Buchet

Illustrated by Cassie Chancy

Published by Clear Fork – May 11, 2021

Ages: 5-8

Themes: Family traditions, mythology, stay true to yourself

Synopsis: From Amazon:

Little Medusa comes from a long line of snake-loving, serpentine-wearing Gorgons. When she receives her very first snake, Little Medusa discovers that having a snake slither and slide through her hair isn’t so great after all. And to make matters more difficult, she begins questioning if she really wants to scare her friends to stone with her new forever friend. Using her imagination and heart, Little Medusa tries her best to please her family, her best-pet snake, and herself.

Based on Greek Mythology, Little Medusa features Common Core Connections and explores the universal themes of following family tradition and staying true to oneself.

Why I love this book:

  1. Such a great message – finding a way to respect family traditions while staying true to oneself – and I love that there is a bit of mythology that young kids will be exposed to.
  2. Excellent text helps us connect with the main character and cheer her on.
  3. Vibrant illustrations will keep young readers engaged.

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Make a Medusa Head Covering

Photo courtesy: https://www.littlepassports.com/craft-diy/how-to-make-a-greek-mythology-medusa-mask/


WOW…this is amazing! Check out the link for details on how to make this and other amazing crafts: https://www.littlepassports.com/craft-diy/how-to-make-a-greek-mythology-medusa-mask/

For more information about purchasing and/or reviewing MEDUSA’S HAIR DO-LEMMA:
Publisher :https://www.clearforkpublishing.com/product-page/little-medusa-s-hair-do-lemma
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Little-Medusas-Do-lemma-Jennifer-Buchet/dp/1950169472/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=little+medusa&qid=1617917190&sr=8-1
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57387859-little-medusa-s-hair-do-lemma?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=e0wGPLEjpF&rank=1

Please remember that the best way to tell an author that you love her book is to buy it if you can, review it, tell friends about it, and ask your local library to purchase copies for their collection.

And for more wonderful picture book reviews and activities, please hop over to Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday.

Don’t forget that today is the last day for kids to send in their #50PreciousWordsforKids stories via email to me: viviankirkfield@gmail.com And don’t forget to leave a comment below and tell us if you had any issues with your hair-do when you were growing up…maybe attach a photo, if you have one, of what you looked like when you were a kid. And please SHARE this post on social media to spread the word about this wonderful new book!

Come back tomorrow for a fantastic Will Write for Cookies with Brian Gehrlein – and of course, on Sunday, I’ll be posting all of the kids’ stories in a special Mother’s Day blog.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend – and a Happy Mother’s Day to all who fill the role of mother in a child’s life.