Category Archives: Perfect Pictture Book Friday
We are back in the swing of things with school in session. Elementary teachers have always used picture books in the classroom, but now, more than ever, the nonfiction picture book bios are needed. And today, I’m bringing you what is sure to be one of the most popular books this year and a classic for the future!
MANJHI MOVES A MOUNTAIN
Written by Nancy Churnin
Illustrated by Danny Popovici
Published by Creston Books (September 2017)
Themes: Ingenuity, courage, persistance
From Midwest Review:
Manjhi Moves a Mountain” is an amazing story of dedication, persistence, vision, and steadfast love. It is a true story about a real man named Dashrath Manjhi, who lived in India from 1934 until 2007. Manjhi lived in a remote, poor mountain village, where a mountain divided his poor village from a sister village with water, fertile land, and access to health care and education. People from Manjhi’s village had to walk over 36 difficult miles to get to the sister village for access to crops, food, health care, and education, because of the difficult mountain obstacle between. Manjhi could see the differences between the two villages clearly, and he pondered the question of inequality between people at the top of the mountain. He came to a decision after throwing a stone against the mountainside in frustration, watching it dissolve into powder. This was his revelation! From then on, Manjhi spent every possible resource and effort to obtain a hammer and chisel and to use his full strength every day to work at pounding the stone of the mountain to make a road for the people from the poor village to travel to the rich village more easily. The work was hard, and had to be done in addition to the work of growing food and sustaining himself. Manjhi and his hammer became a common sight on the mountain, where he labored every day, chanting to himself, “Hold. Aim. Swing!” Though people told him he was crazy, that he should give up and accept inequality, he continued throughout his life, making slow progress in carving a pathway through the mountain. After 15 years, villagers could see real progress. People began to leave offerings of food, and new tools, to help him on his gigantic, self imposed task. Finally one day that was 22 years after Manjhi first had his vision, the last hammer blow was swung and the pathway that would become a road for everyone was open. Manjhi looked from one village to the other and saw not two villages, but one, “sharing water, hopes, dreams… and a man who had moved a mountain!” This true life story of an Indian sage who became revered and known as the Mountain Man is inspiring and moving to young readers age 5 and up. Beautiful earth-toned illustrations depict the mighty work of Manjhi and the awe and respect of his village friends. “Manjhi Moves a Mountain” is a true modern treasure and wisdom life story.
Why I like this book:
- The text engages from the opening lines to the satisfying ending!
- The illustrations are incredible (wait till you see tomorrow’s post when illustrator Danny Popovici shares his process AND his storyboard!
- The story is inspiring.
Photo Courtesy: Kimberly Klein Sweder
Paper Mache Mountain
Help your kids make their own mountain with paper mache. For detailed instructions: http://www.ehow.com/how_12138304_make-fake-mountain-school-diorama.html
- Visit the author’s website and have your child add his or her own story of the mountain they moved: http://www.nancychurnin.com/move-your-own-mountain/
- Draw a mountain and help children learn about values in color shading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxOjun8pbAw
Please don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in Nancy’s giveaway of a copy of MANJHI MOVES A MOUNTAIN. And definitely don’t forget to be here tomorrow for a double your pleasure, double your fun Will Write for Cookies post featuring:
Author Nancy Churnin and Illustrator Danny Popovici
For more picture book reviews, check out Susanna Hill’s website, where picture book lovers link up their blog posts for Perfect Picture Book Friday.
To my friends and all those in the path of Hurrican Irma…we all join in praying for your safety!
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It’s a good day to review a picture book and I’ve got a fabulous one for you!
CHICKEN WANTS A NAP
Written by Tracy Marchini
Illustrated by Monique Felix
Published by Creative Editions (August 15, 2017)
Themes: Life on the farm, humor, dealing with frustration
Synopsis: From Amazon:
The sun is up, and a happy barnyard chicken is looking forward to a comfortable day—preferably one that includes a relaxing nap. However, every time she tries to find a good spot, something goes wrong. The sun disappears and is replaced by rain. She is driven out of the warm barn by obnoxious noises and smells. The dog is too curious for her to stay on the porch. Finally, the rain stops, and the worms come out. This is good news for the chicken—but bad news for the worms!
Why I like this book:
- Simple text that draws the listener in and invites reader participation
- Great illustrations that tell part of the story and marry with the text perfectly
- Filled with humor and a SUPER twist at the end
- Super read aloud!
Make a paper plate chicken
Photo courtesy: http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/chickens.htm
Paper plate crafts…I love them so much…and so do kids!
You will need: One paper plate, construction paper, markers, scissors, glue.
For detailed instructions and more chicken crafts, visit: http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/chickens.htm
Author Tracy Marchini and her publisher, Creative Editions, are giving away a copy of CHICKEN NEEDS A NAP. To be entered, please don’t forget to leave a comment.
Although CHICKEN NEEDS A NAP is not launching until August 15th, you can preorder the book on Amazon or from your local indie bookseller…and don’t forget that reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are very important
And I hope you all will come back tomorrow when Tracy stops by to chat and share an AMAZING recipe with us on Will Write for
Rev up your engines..it’s time for a special Perfect Picture Book Friday.
We are on tour with the wonderful Susanna Leonard Hill….and her newest book for kids, THE ROAD THAT TRUCKS BUILT, is about to head on down the road.
Leave a comment and you’ll be entered in the giveaway – comment on ALL the blog stops of #trucksontour, and you’ll win a special prize.
And speaking about giveaways and prizes…we’ve got a copy of MARIGOLD BAKES A CAKE that the incredible Mike Malbrough is giving away. And the winner is…..
Congratulations, Beth! Mika and I will be in touch to get you the book.
And now back to our regularly scheduled post.
THE ROAD THAT TRUCKS BUILT
Writen by Susanna Leonard Hill
Illustrated by Erica Strolich
Published by Little Simon (2017)
“This is the traffic that’s moving too slow. Cars and buses have nowhere to go. What is the answer? I’m guessing you know.”
Bulldozers, scrapers, graders, and more are hard at work making sure that every car, truck, and motorcycle can get where they’re going fast! With smooth writing by Susanna Leonard Hill and heavy-duty illustrations by Erica Sirotich, The Road That Trucks Built shows the importance and effectiveness of teamwork in a picture book that’s perfect for on the road readers.
Why I like this book:
- Great read aloud!
- Bold colorful illustrations. Kids will LOVE the anthropomorphic vehicles.
- And they will also love the sunoke rhyme that invites participation.
- PLUS, on the cover is the COOLEST wheel that spins and shows kids the various vehicles they will be reading about.
Construction Vehicle Mobile
Photo courtesy: http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/transportation/crafts.html
For detailed instructions, please go to: http://www.dltk-
Take a walk with your kids…how many construction vehicles do you see on the road?
Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway of a copy of THE ROAD THAT TRUCKS BUILT.
For more fun, hop over to the other blog on the #trucksontour.