Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends!
Before I share this heartfelt story with you, we have some books to give away.
Author Alayne Kay Christian offered a copy of her chapter book, SIENNA, THE COWGIRL FAIRY. And the winner is…
Author Ariel Bernstein offered a copy of her debut picture book, I HAVE A BALLOON. and the winner is…
Author Penny Parker Klostermann offered a copy of A COOKED UP FAIRY TALE. And the winner is…
Author Nancy Churnin offered a copy of MANJHI MOVES A MOUNTAIN. And the winner is….
ALI EARLE PICHARDO
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL! AND HUGE THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO FOLLOWS MY BLOG. YOUR COMMENTS ARE MUCH APPRECIATED! I’LL BE IN TOUCH TO CONNECT THE WINNERS WITH THE AUTHORS.
AND NOW…OUR PERFECT PICTURE BOOK FRIDAY REVIEW!
Written by Katey Howes
Illustrated by Rebecca Hahn
Published by Ripple Grove Press (2017)
Themes: Friendship, acceptance
From Amazon: Grandmother Thorn treasures her garden, where not a leaf, twig or pebble is allowed out of place. But when a persistent plant sprouts without her permission, Grandmother begins to unravel. “Her hair became as tangled as the vines on her fence. Her garden fell into disrepair. One morning, she did not rake the path.” A dear friend, the passage of seasons, and a gift only nature can offer help Grandmother Thorn discover that some things are beyond our control, and that sweetness can blossom in unexpected places.
Why I like this book:
- Heartfelt tale that reminds me of the old fables I loved as a child.
- Wonderful illustrations that create an atmosphere of mystery.
- Message of friendship and acceptance subtly woven throughout the story.
Gardening with Kids
Photo courtesy: http://www.growingajeweledrose.com
There are so many indoor and outdoor gardening activities we can do with kids. Grab an old toy truck, fill with soil, and plant some seeds. Use empty eggshells as your ‘pot’ and store in the egg carton for stability. Whenever you eat a fruit that has a pit, plant it…who knows what beautiful greenery might flourish. Growing things with kids helps them learn about life, death, and responsibility.
For detailed instructions on many planting activities: http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/03/outdoor-nature-gardening-activities.html
I’m excited for tomorrow’s Will Write for Cookies when a very special kidlit friend of mine and fellow Storm sister, GRANDMOTHER THORN’S author, Katey Howes, will stop by to chat with us. Please leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway of an autographed copy of her book! And remember that Amazon reviews are important and also much appreciated by the author!
For many more picture book reviews, hop over to Susanna Hill’s website this week.
Welcome to Perfect Picture Book Friday!
Have I got a treat for you!
One of the FIRST picture books of 2017!
Written by Andrea J. Loney
Illustrated by Carmen Saldaña
Publisher: Albert Whitman (January 2017)
Ages: Preschool – Grade 3
Although Bunnybear was born a bear, he feels more like a bunny. He prefers bouncing in the thicket to tramping in the forest, and, in his heart, he’s fluffy and tiny, like a rabbit, instead of burly and loud, like a bear. The other bears don’t understand him, and neither do the bunnies. Will Bunnybear ever find a friend who likes him just the way he is?
“There was once a bear who was more than a bear.”
Why I like this book:
- I love books that help kids accept who they are…and Bunnybear does exactly that.
- The gentle humor will be enjoyed by young listeners and appreciated by adult readers.
- The illustrations marry perfectly with the well-written text.
- My favorite line? ‘When I see you, I feel more like me.’
PAPER PLATE BEAR
Photo courtesy http://www.firstpalette.com
I’m a big fan of paper plate crafts…quick and easy for parent and child…and so much fun. Why not let your child be creative…maybe his bear will have bunny ears. For a very simple bear plate, you will need 1 paper plate, construction paper, scissors, glue, and markers or crayon.
- Cut ears, nose, and eyes from construction paper.
- Color the plate with crayons or markers.
- Glue the features onto the face.
- Display your child’s work proudly. You can also use it for role playing.
More instructions here for a fuzzy bear: http://www.firstpalette.com/Craft_themes/Animals/fuzzypaperplatebear/
JUST OUT: Trailer for BunnyBear:
This post is part of a series for parents and teachers and writers 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.
And please stop by here tomorrow for our Will Write for Cookies Q&A with debut picture book author, Andrea J. Loney. And yes…there will be a GIVEAWAY of a copy of Bunnybear! Just leave a comment on tomorrow’s post—what animal would you want to be?
Oh my goodness…I had already posted this and am editing to include the winner of the copy of Loir Degman’s NORBERT’S BIG DREAM. And the winner is
David, I’ll reach out to get your address so I can mail you the book!
Thank you for visiting today—I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.