Perfect Picture Book Friday: HAND IN HAND Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, my friends! I can’t believe it is the end of March…my round the world adventure is winding down…I’m off to Italy in a couple of days and will be reporting to you via social media from the Bologna Book Fair.

But right now, I’m thrilled to bring you what I think will be one of the star new releases of 2019. I received a copy of this book last month and fell in love with it. Using just the right words, the author, Andria Rosenbaum, managed to write a beautiful story about the horribly difficult topic of the Holocaust and the effect it had on everyone, but especially on children.

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Written by Andria Rosenbaum

Illustrated by Maya Shleifer

Published by Apples and Honey Press (2019)

Ages: 8-12

Themes: Loss, Separation, Holocaust

Synopsis: It’s wartime and when their mother goes out in search of food but doesn’t return, two young bunnies are taken to an orphanage where Lieb is adopted, leaving Ruthie behind. As they say their goodbyes, Ruthie rips a picture of them in half and gives one piece to her little brother, telling him she will never forget him.

Opening lines: “Mama had a smile sweeter than strawberries in summer. So did my little brother Leib.”

Why I love this book:

  • This is a gentle telling of a brutal story…I don’t know how Andria was able to do that – but I am going to study this book as a mentor text because she found a way to deal with a terrible topic – the Holocaust – in a way that is appropriate for children to hear.
  • The genius of the illustrator who depicted the children as bunnies – and the art is amazing – plus the words themselves, because of the various fonts used, are part of the art.
  • The language is hauntingly lyrical, yet powerful and the ending is filled with hope.

To connect with the author or find out more about her many wonderful books:
HAND IN HAND, Apples & Honey Press, Behrman House 2019
BIG SISTER, LITTLE MONSTER, Scholastic Press 2017
TRAINS DON’T SLEEP, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2017
MEG GOLDBERG ON PARADE, Kar-Ben Publishing 2015
TWO SWEET PEAS, Bebop Books, Lee & Low Inc., 2006


Make a bunny finger puppet for role playing and discussion

This is an exceptionally easy finger puppet to make…you just need a piece of paper, scissors, glue, markers. Make a few with your child and then enact the story.

Participate in The Butterfly Project:

Lesson plans for older grades:

There is also a curriculum guide for this book on the author’s website:

On the dedication page, the author provides several ideas for parents and teachers – children should be encouraged to ask questions and discuss feelings as the story is read.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has a list of various groups of people who, since World War II, have been, at one time or another, systematically  eliminated in their countries:

What can we do?  Be informed. Create an atmosphere for children of inclusivity and understanding. Teach children that if they see someone being bullied, they should not just stand by. And read books like HAND IN HAND.

Thanks to the generosity of author Andria Rosenbaum, we have a giveaway of a copy of this must-read book. Please leave a comment for your chance to win.

As always, dear friends, I’m grateful for the time you all spend here.




Will Write for Cookies: Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum PLUS Giveaway



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 Andria W. Rosenbaum


I’m excited to welcome another 2017 debut picture book author today. Please don’t forget to leave a comment to qualify for the giveaway of a copy of Andria’s debut picture book, Trains Don’t Sleep.

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Here’s a bit of the bio from Andria’s wonderful website:

 Reading didn’t come easily to me, but making up stories and poems did. It took a lot of hard work, frustration and a few buckets of sweat and tears until I got the hang of it. Along with help from my parents and teachers, I finally figured out why everyone was so excited about reading. I earned a master’s degree in special education from Bank Street College of Education so I could help other kids learn to read faster than I did. Now I live in New Jersey with my husband and children. I can usually be found in the library stuffing shiny new books into a bottomless book bag. Too bad it isn’t weightless too Continue reading

Picture Book Review and Activity PLUS Giveaway: TRAINS DON’T SLEEP

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Right now, I am in Chicago, visiting family! Thank goodness for being able to schedule posts in advance.

It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday and I’m thrilled to present another 2017 debut picture book.

I also wanted to remind everyone to continue to spread the word about the #50PreciousWordsforKids International Writing Challenge. final jpeg of flyerThere are only a few more days for teachers and parents to email the stories to me – it’s a wonderful activity for schools who want to celebrate Children’s Book Week or for parents who enjoy providing creative projects for their kids. I’m grateful to everyone who shared on social media or who contacted teacher and parent connections.

Today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday also has a giveaway…so don’t forget to leave a comment.

trains dont sleep


Written by Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum

Illustrated by Dierdre Gill

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Ages: Preschool – Grade 3


Trains, travel,


From Amazon:

Puffing, chuffing, never yawning

Climbing hills as day is dawning.

Trains don’t sleep, they


 Cross bridges and canyons, plow through snow, charge down mountains, and meander across fields filled with sheep. And when it is time to rest and dreams are just ahead, never fear—trains don’t sleep so that you can.

 With the feel of a classic and vivid artwork that captures the power and majesty of trains, this is a  fast-paced rhyming ode to the locomotive.

Why I like this book:

  • Debut picture book author Andria Rosenbaum has nailed the rhythm and rhyme – I love the pacing that enables the reader/listener to feel like they are on a train.
  • Beautiful illustrations…with a slightly muted dreamlike quality!
  • And even though this is a book about how trains don’t sleep, I think it would make a perfect bedtime read for young kids because of the wonderful rhythm and circular story.


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  1. Make sure you chuga-chuga choo choo over to this website…they have the best train crafts for young kids:
  2. If you live in the city, hop on a train with your child – if you live in the suburbs, check the train schedules and take a ride.
  3. Visit a train museum if there are any in your region.

Have a wonderful weekend, dear friends…don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway of a copy of TRAINS DON’T SLEEP.

And please come back tomorrow for:

 Will Write for Cookies

With debut picture book author


And I hardly wait for May 11th when I post the #50PreciousWordsforKids stories!

This post is part of a series for parents and teachers 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.