It’s time for a Happy Dance!!!!
Children’s author Susanna Leonard Hill, founder of Perfect Picture Book Friday, is resuming her picture book review link-up after a well-deserved summer hiatus.
Last weekend, I attended a special book event at the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver.
Award-winning author/illustrator Peter Brown is touring the country to help launch his new picture book, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. From left to right: Stacy Jensen, Julie Rowen-Zoch, Sheri McCrimmon, me and Julie Hedlund. Oh, and of course, front and center is Peter Brown!
We all enjoyed hearing him read the story…and the little art demo he did for the kids (and us) was FANTASTIC! Peter empowered all of us to believe we COULD draw…maybe I will have to give it a whirl.
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
Written and illustrated by Peter Brown
Publisher: Little Brown and Company (2013)
Opening lines: “Everybody was perfectly fine with the way things were. Everyone but Mr. Tiger.” Read the rest of this entry
Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday where I link up with Susannah Leonard Hill’s fantastic group of picture book writers, illustrators, librarians and others who contribute a picture book review and related resources for parents, teachers and children.
Picture books have a special place in the hearts of many people…and there are a few authors whose names are instantly recognizable around the world. Maurice Sendak was one of those…an author/illustrator extraodinaire…anyone reading his books (Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There and many others) would be instantly aware that this man remembered what it feels like to be a child. For more information about this gifted groundbreaking artist and writer: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/books/maurice-sendak-childrens-author-dies-at-83.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all
My book choice today has a flavor reminiscent of the work of Mr. Sendak…it celebrates mothers (yes, Mother’s Day is only a few days away)…and shows what they have to deal with on a daily basis…the good, the bad and the ugly.
David Gets in Trouble
Written and illustrated by David Shannon
Publisher: Little Brown and Company (2000)
Themes: Family, unconditional love, misbehavior/consequences, boys
Opening lines: ”When David gets in trouble, he always says, “No! It’s not my fault!”
From an Amazon reviewer: “No and David were the first words David Shannon learned how to spell. Shannon’s Caldecott Honor Book No, David! is based on a book he made as a child showing a kid doing all the things he isn’t supposed to do. In the sequel David Goes to School, it turns out that teachers say no, too.
In this third picture book, it’s David’s turn to talk back. What does he say when he gets in trouble? “I didn’t mean to.” (Skateboarding into a lamp table.) “It was an accident!” (Hitting a baseball into a window.) “I forgot!” (Happily walking down the street… in his underpants.) “But Dad says it!” (Boy in corner with mouth full of soap.) Of course, the cat-tail-pulling, burping, grape-juice-dropping, runny-egg-hating, out-of-control David wins us over in the end. A defiant “No, it wasn’t me!” evolves into a guilt-ridden, late-at-night shout, “Yes! It was me! I’m sorry. I love you, Mom.”
Why I like this book:
Caldecott honor award winner David Shannon knows how kids feel…and children love hearing about the adventures…or misadventures…of little David. This is a wonderful book for moms as well…it is heartening to know that our own kids aren’t the only ones who test a parent’s patience! The message at the end of the book is a perfect Mother’s Day gift for every mom…”I’m sorry. I love you, Mom.”
David’s mother used soap to wash out his mouth when he used inappropriate language, but you can utilize a bar of soap with your children in a much more enjoyable way.
Make this super boat and customize with your child’s name. They will be begging you to take a bath!
3 and up
What you need
• Foam Paper
• White craft glue
• Popsicle stick
• Letter Stickers
What you do
1. Un-wrap a single bar of soap.
2. Cut two triangle shapes out of the foam paper (one slightly bigger than the other)
3. Glue the triangle pieces to craft stick ( one in front the other in back)
4. Decorate the sail; we used a small star out of the foam paper in coordinating color.
5. Insert Popsicle stick into soap.
6. Name your boat with letter stickers.
7. Set sail.
The above instructions and picture came from the website of The Crafty Noodle.
For more soap bar projects, visit Artists Helping Children: http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/barsofsoapcraftsideasdecorationskids.html
Video interview with David Shannon: http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/shannon/
This post is part of a series for parents and teachers called Perfect Picture Book Fridays hosted by Susannah Leonard Hill.
- How I Became A Pirate (bookylooky.wordpress.com)
- Story Time: Pirate Edition (4mothers1blog.wordpress.com)
- Mother’s Day (myjourneytoheavenandback.com)
- Notes from the DNA Lit fest sponsored by Reading Reptile. (illustratorsforkids.wordpress.com)
- Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Robot Zot (clarbojahn.wordpress.com)
- Remembering Maurice Sendak (mamapop.com)
- Maurice Sendak (eucalypso.wordpress.com)
- Thanks, Mr. Sendak, and Farewell… (serenityspell.com)
- RIP Maurice Sendak (brooklynvegan.com)
- Where the Wild Things Are Author Maurice Sendak, Dead at 83 [Rip] (gawker.com)
- Best Maurice Sendak Quotes To Help You Through Maurice Sendak’s Death (thegloss.com)
- Maurice Sendak (dykestowatchoutfor.com)
- Maurice Sendak – In memoriam (jenniferscoullar.com)
- Maurice Sendak – 1928-2012 (gregnewbold.blogspot.com)
Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday where I link up with Susannah Leonard Hill’s fantastic group of writers who contribute a picture book review and related resources. Parents and teachers can find the best of the best in picture books…a little synopsis, a thoughtful review, and an activity and/or resources to extend the learning experience. This is a great way for parents and teachers to preview a book before they take it out of the library or spend money buying it.
World Read Aloud Day is coming up on March 7th and I thought that Crow Boy would be a perfect choice to get us all in a global awareness mood.
Written and illustrated by Taro Yashima
Publishers: Viking Juvenile (original edition 1955), Picture Puffins (1976)
Ages: 4 – 8
Themes: Celebrating the uniqueness of each individual, bullying/teasing, mastering tasks and skills, positive attitude, goal-setting, fitting in.
Opening: “On the first day of our village school in Japan, there was a boy missing. He was found hidden away in the dark space underneath the schoolhouse.”
Synopsis: Many years ago, in a small village school in the countryside of Japan, a young boy attends school. Chibi is always perceived as stupid and is treated as an outcast by the other students. When Mr. Isobe, the new teacher, observes Chibi’s strengths and talents (the boy is a wonderful artist and is also the only person with perfect school attendance even though he has to walk seven miles to school each day), he encourages the boy to participate in the school pageant with an imitation of the voices of crows. Does Chibi’s performance have any effect on how the children perceive him? Remember the talent show in Oliver Button is a Sissy.
Why do I like this book:
Wonderful illustrations give the reader the sense of the small rural area in Japan…I love books that give young children a window on the world. The story addresses many important issues as well…bullying/teasing, teacher recognition and encouragement of a student’s gifts and talents, overcoming obstacles in order to achieve one’s goals…as relevant today as it was almost sixty years ago when it was first published.
Black and White Painting
Although Crow Boy had a difficult time expressing himself verbally, he was able to do so more easily with his artwork. Painting is a wonderful way to allow a young child to express his feelings and to encourage his creativity.
You will need: Paper (construction paper or grocery bag cut open), black and white non-toxic tempera paint, brushes (or Q-tips) and coverups to protect work surfaces and clothing.
1. Cover the work surface and your clothing to protect from splatters.
2. Pour a small amount of black and white paint into two separate containers.
3. Let your child paint several pictures using different size brushes and/or Q-tips.
4. When dry, hang up this amazing art.
5. Tip to parents and teachers: Art is one thing…crafting is another. Art is pure expression. Crafting is following certain rules or steps to produce a particular product. This activity is art…the child is creating whatever he or she desires…if you ask, “What is this?” or you inquire, “Didn’t you forget the dog’s tail?”…you are passing judgement on your child’s creative voice…I beg you, please don’t! You can engage with your child by asking, “Please tell me about your art.” In praising, it is more empowering to say, “I’m so proud of how hard you worked making thick strokes and thin strokes. Was it difficult?” instead of just saying, “That’s nice!”
Crayola official website with lots of arts and crafts activities and print-outs for kids.
Website for the Japanese American National Museum where you can purchase the documentary narrated by Mr. Yashimo, Golden Village.
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.
SAVE THE DATE:
WORLD READ ALOUD DAY…MARCH 7TH
Do you have anything special planned?
You can go to LitWorld’s website to get more information and/or register…there will be events online and in different locales around the world.
They are a global literacy organization that aims to help entire communities through books. We all that that, I know! According to their website:
“LitWorld’s mission is to use the power of story to cultivate literacy skills in the world’s most vulnerable children through Education, Advocacy and Innovation. Lit World creates resilience building reading and writing experiences which connect and fortify communities.”
- 2012 Positive Parental Participation Reading Challenge Comment Page for February (viviankirkfield.wordpress.com)
- New Picture Book Expert (natashawing.wordpress.com)