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Perfect Picture Book Friday: Nantucket Sea Monster – A Fake News Story

WOW…have I got an awesome 100% relevant story for you today.

AND THAT’S A FACT!!!!

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NANTUCKET SEA MONSTER: A Fake News Story

Written by Darcy Pattison

Illustrated by Peter Willis

Published by Mims House (2017)

Ages: 5-9

Themes: Fake news, journalism, freedom of press

Opening Lines:

Synopsis:

From Amazon: A JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION
Do you believe everything you read in the newspaper?

Early in August 1937, a news flash came: a sea monster had been spotted lurking off the shore of Nantucket Island. Historically, the Massachusetts island had served as port for whaling ships. Eyewitnesses swore this wasn’t a whale, but some new, fearsome creature. As eyewitness account piled up, newspaper stories of the sea monster spread quickly. Across the nation, people shivered in fear.

Then, footprints were found on a Nantucket beach. 
Photographs were sent to prominent biologists for their opinion. Discussion swirled about raising a hunting party.

On August 18, news spread across the island: the sea monster had been captured. Islanders ran to the beach and couldn’t believe their eyes.

This nonfiction picture book is a perfect tool to discuss non-political fake news stories.
Back matter discusses the freedom of the press guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Quotes from Thomas Jefferson make it clear that fake news has always been one of the costs of a free press. A Timeline lists actual events in the order they occurred. A vocabulary list defines relevant words.

Why I like this book:

  • Fabulous gem of a story
  • So relevant in the world today
  • Great launch pad to discuss journalism, news, and whether we can believe everything we read
  • Super illustrations

RELATED ACTIVITIES:

Make a family or class newspaper

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Photo courtesy: http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org

What fun to put together a family newspaper. Each member of the family can write a story. or put together a column. Or teachers can make a class newspaper. For detailed instructions: http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/kidscraftsactivitiesblog/2010/04/make-a-family-newspaper-to-talk-about-family-news/

I hope you all get to read this new book…tomorrow, author Darcy Pattison will be stopping by for Will Write for Cookies to chat about what motivates her to write for kids.

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway of a copy of NANTUCKET SEA MONSTER.

There won’t be a Perfect Picture Book Friday post on Susanna Hill’s website, but there WILL be an announcement of the WINNERS of the Halloweensie Contest…there were more than 200 enries…that is awesome! I hope you’ll hop over and check it out.

Perfect Picture Book Friday: ALIENS GET THE SNIFFLES,TOO Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday!

At many How-To-Write-A-Picture-Book presentations, I’ve heard mentors say, “Pick a character kids want to read about and ask yourself the question…what if?” And today’s book is a perfect example of a writer who did that and got it right.

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ALIENS GET THE SNIFFLES, TOO! 

Written by Katy Duffield

Illustrated by K.G. Campbell

Published by Candlewick (2017)

Ages: 3-7

Synopsis: 

From Amazon: Ahhh-flying-saucer-shooting-star-CHOO! Laughter is the best medicine when you’re a little alien feeling under the weather.

Little Alien is sick. And sick is extra-terrestrial bad when you have two scratchy throats, five ears that hurt, and three runny noses. Splatch! Sputter! Spurt! Luckily Mama and Daddy Alien have an arsenal of lunar decongestants and meteor showers on hand to make him feel a little better (not to mention a Milky Way milkshake to help the medicine go down). Even so, the family’s alien pooch, Mars Rover, can’t stand to see his little buddy feeling out of sorts. Can a loyal pup’s funny tricks finally coax a smile?

Opening lines:

“Little Alien was sick. And sick is extra-terrestrial bad when you have two throats, five ears, and three noses.”

Why I like this book:

  • Great text…the author uses all the time-honored outer space sayings that kids will know and love.
  • Awesome illustrations.
  • Full of humor and heart.

RELATED ACTIVITIES:

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Photo courtesy: http://frogsandsnailsandpuppydogtail.com/alien-crafts-and-activities/

Please check FrogsandSnailsandPuppyDogTail for detailed instructions on whichever crafts you choose.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Don’t forget to leave a comment for an entry into the giveaway of a copy of ALIENS GET THE SNIFFLES, TOO!

And come back tomorrow when author Katy Duffield rockets over to chat about her writing journey.

Have a wonderful weekend, dear friends!

 

 

Perfect Picture Book Friday: THIS IS NOT A NORMAL ANIMAL BOOK Plus CRITIQUE GIVEAWAY

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends!

We’ve got another super picture book review PLUS an awesome craft for kids PLUS an amazing picture book critique giveaway (or school Skype visit if the winner is a teacher) from debut author Julie Segal Walters who will be stopping by to chat tomorrow with loads of insights and a yummy treat recipe.

However, first we have some books to give away!

Author Katey Howes is giving away a copy of GRANDMOTHER THORN. And the winner is…

Jarm Del Boccio!

Suzy Leopold is giving away a personalized journal. And the winner is…

Maria Marshall!

Lori Alexander is giving away a copy of FAMOUSLY PHOEBE. And the winner is…

Barbara Cairnes!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL! A huge thank you to our authors and illustrators…we’ve had 44 giveaways this year so far, and that doesn’t count the ones for #50PreciousWords and the Skype visits that were awarded to seven schools after #50PreciousWordsforKids. And of course, a huge thank you to all of my wonderful readers who bless me with their comments! I’m honored that you spend your precious time here at Picture Books Help Kids Soar. And I know you are waiting patiently for today’s selection…so here it is.

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THIS IS NOT A NORMAL ANIMAL BOOK

Written by Julie Segal Walters

Illustrated by Brian Biggs

Published by Simon and Schuster (October 2017)

Ages: 4-8

Themes: Animals, humor

Opening Lines: “Animals can be classifed into groups by their unique traits. Read the rest of this entry

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