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Perfect Picture Book Friday: Motor Goose…Rhymes That Go PLUS Double Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends!

This past week, I’ve enjoyed reading many of the Halloween stories entered into Susanna Hill’s Halloweensie Contest. Did you get to read some of them? They were fabulous. I’m excited to find out who the winners are…but honestly, everyone who participated is a winner. Writing and getting your work out there is the key to success. And happily, I should have some good success news for you soon regarding one of my stories.

Before we get to our wonderful picture book review, we do have some giveaways to announce.

The winner of Julie Segal Walter’s Picture Book Manuscript Critique is….

JIM CHAIZE

The winner of a copy of Annette Bay Pimemtel’s MOUNTAIN CHEF is…

CARMELA MCCAIN SIMMONS

The winner of a copy of Joy Keller’s MONSTER TRUCKS is…

RENE AUBE

BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE! And thank you to the generous authors! Please email me: viviankirkfield@gmail.com

Does your child love vehicles? Do your kids enjoy nursery rhymes? Today’s Perfect Picture book has it all!!!

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MOTOR GOOSE: RHYMES THAT GO!

Written by Rebecca Colby

Illustrated by Jef Kaminsky

Published by Feiwel and Friends (2017)

Ages: 3-8

Themes: Vehicles, nursery rhymes

Opening Lines:

“Little Jack Junker, broken-down clunker, surpirsed all the cars in the race. ‘Cause right from the start, he lost part after part, yet he finished the race in first place.”

Synopsis:

From Amazon:

 In this picture book, Mother Goose rhymes are reimagined with vehicles― trains, planes, trucks, and boats!

Hey Digger, Digger
(Hey Diddle, Diddle)

Hey digger, digger,
the hole’s getting bigger.
Your shovel’s been scooping since ten.
Beware the loose rubble.
Too late―you’re in trouble!
You’d better start digging again.

Wonderful rhymes and VEHICLES! Here is a collection that every car/plane/boat/crane/digger/taxi/train-loving kid will adore. With hilarious artwork by Jef Kaminsky, Motor Goose is a must-have for readers who like things that go. And as the rhymes progress, the day winds down, making this perfect for bedtime.

 

Why I like this book:

  • I love rhymes and kids love rhymes…and these are so kid-friendly, based on well-known nursery rhymes, but totally reinvented by author Rebecca Colby!
  • Fabulously humorous illustrations…full color and full of life!

RELATED ACTIVITIES:

Make a race car and other vehicles

19-Preschool-Car-Craft-Ideas-1Photo courtesy: http://crystalandcomp.com

You will need: Construction paper, scissors, glue, markers, empty Pringles can or paper towel roll.

For detailed instructions: http://crystalandcomp.com/19-preschool-car-craft-ideas/

Play with rhymes with your kiddos…they love coming up with their own silly ones.

Take a walk and count vehicles. Make a list of them. Categorize: for pleasure, for work, etc.

I hope you will all be back tomorrow for our chat with picture book author Rebecca Colby. I know she has some wonderful insights to share, as well as a yummy treat recipe. PLUS…tomorrow we will also be talking about Rebecca’s newest book, CAPTAIN BLING’S CHRISTMAS PLUNDER. 

Captain Bling updated cover

Don’t forget to leave a comment today and tomorrow. Rebecca is generously offering a giveaway of copies of both of her awesome new books! 

I hope you all have a safe and happy weekend.

 

 

Perfect Picture Book Friday: MONSTER TRUCKS Plus Giveaway

Is it just me, or does Friday come around really quickly every week?  I guess it’s a good thing that I LOVE Friday because we always have a super picture book review and activity.

And today’s choice is especially perfect with Halloween just around the corner.

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MONSTER TRUCKS

Written by Joy Keller

Illustrated by Misa Saburi

Published by Godwin Books – Henry Holt and Company (2017)

Ages: 4-8

Themes: Vehicles, monsters, humor, rhyme

Synopsis: 

From Amazon: 

All monsters love the autumn air,
just right to sneak and spook and scare.
But other seasons of the year,
they shift into a different gear.

Monsters get to work―paving roads, plowing snow, hauling muck―with their monster trucks in this fun, rhyming picture book. With a gentle bedtime ending, this not-too-scary story is perfect for young monster and truck lovers.

Why I like this book:

  • Fabulous rhyme filled with heart and humor
  • Super cool bold and colorful illustrations
  • Great addition to Halloween, monster, and/or vehicle shelves

RELATED ACTIVITY

Popsicle Stick Monster Trucks

monster-truck-4Photo courtesy: http://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com

Do you have a monster truck lover at your house? Give this craft activity a try…the kids will have a ball!

You will need: Popsicle sticks, glue, markers, construction paper or poster board, scissors.

For detailed instructions: http://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2016/04/popsicle-stick-monster-trucks-kid-craft.html

Take a walk in the neighborhood and see how many different types of trucks you can identify.

Play a rhyming game with your kids. Read the story and leave off the last word of the rhyming verse…see what words they come up with.

Debut picture book author Joy Keller is offering a copy of MONSTER TRUCKS, so please remember to leave a comment. Also, she is stopping by tomorrow to chat on Will Write for Cookies, and another comment there will give you another entry. PLUS, on Sunday, I’ll be posting my entry into Susanna Hill’s 7th ANNUAL HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST. Have you heard about it? Have you ever entered? It is one of the most fun filled writing challenges around..I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Here in New England, we’ve had a ton of rain and the fall foliage has to fight hard to hold on. If you are planning on going out Trick or Treating with the kids, stay safe. I know many neighborhoods organize Halloween parties so kids can come to one location to have fun. We used to do it at our church and the parishoners would dress up and take up residence in the many classrooms and offices and then the kids would parade through the halls, knocking on each door. There were games and prizes for costumes and lots of good food and safe fun. 

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Mountain Chef PLUS Giveaway

Life is pretty hectic around here…my husband has been having heart issues and they are doing a cardiac catherization at Mass General in Boston today…which is where I am right now!

But I didn’t want to miss Perfect Picture Book Friday…especially since the author of this book is going to be our guest on Will Write for Cookies tomorrow. I’m reprising the review of her amazing nonfiction picture book that I featured last year because it’s a fabulous mentor text for all of my pb writer friends, because it’s a great read for young kids, and because next month it will be awarded the National Council of Social Studies’ Carter G. Woodson Award. Here’s the link.

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MOUNTAIN CHEF: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans, and Helped Cook Up the National Park Service

Written by Annette Bay Pimentel

Illustrated by Rich Lo

Publisher: Charlesbridge (2016)

Ages: 5-9

Themes:

Discrimination, conservation, National Parks, cooking, ingenuity

Synopsis:

From Amazon:

The true story of a Chinese American mountain man who fed thirty people for ten days in the wilderness–and helped inspire the creation of the National Park Service.

 Tie Sing was born in the mountains. The mountains were in his blood. But because he was of Chinese descent at a time in America when to be Chinese meant working in restaurants or laundries, Tie Sing’s prospects were limited. But he had bigger plans. He began cooking for mapmakers and soon built a reputation as the best trail cook in California.

 When millionaire Stephen Mather began his quest to create a national park service in 1915, he invited a group of influential men—writers, tycoons, members of Congress, and even a movie star—to go camping in the Sierras. Tie Sing was hired to cook.

 Tie Sing planned diligently. He understood the importance of this trip. But when disaster struck—twice—and Tie Sing’s supplies were lost, it was his creative spirit and quick mind that saved the day. His sumptuous menus had to be struck and Tie Sing had to start over in order to feed the thirty people in the group for ten whole days. His skills were tested and Tie Sing rose to the challenge.

 On the last night, he fed not just the campers’ bodies, but also their minds, reminding them to remember and protect the mountains.

 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, created by Congress on August 25, 1916.

 Today, you can hike to Sing Peak, named for Tie Sing, in Yosemite National Park.

Opening Lines:

Tie Sing was a frontier baby, born high in the mountains in Virginia City, Nevada. Growing up, he breathed crisp Sierra air and scuffed through sagebrush. He learned to write in both English and Chinese.

Why I like this book:

  • I love unknown gems of history uncovered by writers who weave great picture book stories for kids.
  • This story has so many different levels…National Parks, racial discrimination, conservation, cooking, ingenuity, courage…parents and teachers can use it as a springboard for many different discussions.
  • Wonderful illustrations that help you feel you are camping right alongside Tie Sing.

 

RELATED ACTIVITIES

 

  •  If you have a National Park in your area, why not plan a day trip. When we lived in Colorado, we often drove 2+ hours to get to Rocky Mountain National Park…in the summer, we’d fish…in the fall, we’d stroll around Estes Park, the town right at one of the park’s entrances, where elk would walk up and down the streets…and in winter, we’d go up for a weekend and stay at one of the local lodges in the park…to snowshoe and cross country ski during the day and soak in the outdoor hot tub in the evening.

 

  • Fortune Cookies

fortune-cookiesPhoto courtesy: Taste of Home

Have you ever made fortune cookies? The kids will have fun thinking up their own fortunes to put in the cookies.

You can find the recipe here: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/homemade-fortune-cookies

Please leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway of a copy of this wonderful book…and don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the Q&A with author Annette Bay Pimentel.

To find more picture book reviews, hop over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday page.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

 

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