Perfect Picture Book Friday: Tibby the Tiger Bunny

Happy New Year to all!

Today is Friday – I have a children’s book review to add to the Perfect Picture Book resource list that author Susanna Leonard Hill is building on her blog. For more wonderful reviews from authors, educators and others who contributed today, please go here.

One of my blogging buddies, author Emily Lim, has a whole series of books that address important issues that young children can relate to. One of her newest is Tibby, the Tiger Bunny.

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TIBBY, THE TIGER BUNNY

Written by Emily Lim

Illustrated by Jade Fang

Publisher: Epigram Books (October 2013)

Ages: 4 and up

Themes:

Friendship, getting along with others, being different

Synopsis:

From Emily’s blog: “All Tibby ever wanted was some friends to play with, but the other rabbits found him too strange. After all, he could pounce and roar like a tiger. But he also had long floppy ears and could hop like a bunny. Was Tibby a tiger or a bunny?”

Why  I like this book:

  • Great read-aloud for younger children…older kids will enjoy reading it themselves
  • Wonderful message about friendship, getting along with others and being yourself
  • Lovely illustrations by the talented Jade Fang

How a parent can use this book:

  • Great read-aloud
  • Opportunity for discussion about what it means to be a friend and why it is important to be yourself

Related Activities:

Arrange play-dates for your child…especially if he or she is not in preschool yet…a little socialization goes a long way towards helping kids learn how to get along with each other and discover their own strengths.

PAPER PLATE TIGER/BUNNY

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You will need a paper plate, construction paper, scissors, glue and markers.

  1. Cut out ears and whiskers from construction paper.
  2. Glue in place.
  3. Use the marker to add the bunny’s features.
  4. You can turn the plate over and create a tiger face on the other side.
  5. Let your child role-play with each side – how does he act and sound when he is a tiger? A bunny?

                     NEW SERIES COMING TO A BLOG NEAR YOU – GOAL BUSTERS

On the first Monday of each month, we be taking a peek at the goals we’ve made and the steps we are taking to reach them. This month, I’ll share my goals for 2014, the steps I’m taking to reach them…and how I plan to reward myself when I reach each goal! In February, author Alayne Christian will take the spotlight and in March, author Clarike Bowman-Jahn will be featured. Please join us for GOAL-BUSTERS!

 

If you write or illustrate, parent or teach…I know you have goals! Please share them in the comments or contact me (viviankirkfield@gmail.com) if you’d like to be featured in a blog post.jeremys first day at soccer made a goal 9_7‑13

Clown of God – A Kid Lit Giveaway of a Perfect Picture Book

Hurray…I have a children’s book review to add to the Perfect Picture Book resource list that author Susanna Leonard Hill is building on her blog. For more wonderful reviews from authors, educators and others who contribute, please go here.

The temperature here in New Hampshire has turned colder…so I’m stoking up the fire for you…pull up a chair and get cozy because I have A SURPRISE FOR YOU!

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I’m participating in the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop Holiday Extravaganza, sponsored by Youth Literature Reviews: and

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There are dozens of book-loving bloggers who are offering giveaways of books, gift cards and other neat prizes.

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Please viiit them for a chance to WIN! The Giveaway runs from Monday, December 6 through December 13.

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Do You Know the Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts for Holiday Shopping With Kids?

SHOUT-OUT ALERT!

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Please check out the lovely post Barbara did this morning. Corner on Character is an awesome blog that encourages parents and teachers to help their kids develop an awareness of the importance of reaching out and helping others.

http://corneroncharacter.blogspot.com/2013/11/books-crafts-and-kids-in-kitchen.html

I loved that Barbara used the SHOW ME HOW FORMULA to combine a picture book story, craft and cooking activity for a fun time with kids.

Thanks so much, Barbara…I really appreciate you spreading the word about the HUGE HOLIDAY SALE going on right now on Amazon. ONLY $10 A COPYand if you order 2 copies, I’ll mail them priority so you will have them in time for the holidays.

Holiday shopping can be very stressful, especially if you have little ones along for the ride. Internet shopping can make life easier…and items you find in online catalogs are only a click away. Shopping with the major retailers like Amazon gives you peace of mind…they guarantee satisfaction and will intercede if there is a problem with the transaction.

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Hip Hop Hooray – An Author/Illustrator Blog Hop

Are you ready for some fun?

It’s time to be hoppin’ happy!

It‘s time for THE CHILDREN’S AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR BLOG HOP!

I was tagged by Emily Lim, one of Singapore’s most popular and prolific picture book authors. We connected over a year ago through blogging – I linked one of my posts to one of her posts – she came to visit, left a comment – and the rest is history. What is so super cool is that this past May, I got to meet Emily in person when I went to Singapore for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content, a week long celebration of exceptional children content creators – with two days of SCBWI conferences and dozens of presentations by authors and illustrators from around the globe.

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Picture Books: A Child’s POV

Picture Books: A Child's POV

I want to apologize.

I’ve had to step back from blogging and other social media because we are moving. Although I’ve packed up houses before, this time it seems harder! Could it be that I am older?

Today I am guest posting over at Donna Martin’s On the Write Track. She has a series called, WRITERLY WISDOM, and Donna is one of the amazing connections I’ve made in this kid lit community – I hope you will stop by and read all about what makes a great picture book and the various genres of books for kids: http://donasdays.blogspot.com/2013/08/writerly-wisdom-vivian-kirkfield.html

By the way, we are in final negotiations for the house in New Hampshire…fingers crossed!

Picture Books: A Child's POV

Monday Writing Magic: 4 Timely Tips

Monday Writing Magic: The Leap from Reading to Writing

The leap from being a lover of books to becoming a lover of writing was not a very big one for me.  I’ve always loved to write . In elementary school, I carried around a small spiral notebook and would jot down little poems.  As a kindergarten teacher, I developed a program that utilized children’s picture books, not only for entertainment and enjoyment, but also to help young children deal with the challenges they encounter in those early years.  But it wasn’t until my own children were born that I began to write my own picture book stories.  And perhaps I have my husband to thank for that.

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Multicultural Picture Book Review and Activities for Kids

Today is Friday – time for a children’s book and an activity to keep the kids happy and busy!

Multicultural Picture Book Review and Cooking Activities

I found this book in a box at an open air town flea market when I was visiting my daughter and grandson in New Hampshire. I get into trouble at these places – how can you say no to a beautiful picture book for 25 cents? The seller wanted me to take the entire box of over a dozen hardcover beautifully illustrated multicultural books for two dollars. That’s right…two dollars. And did I buy all of them? No, I exercised GREAT restraint and only spent $1.00 because I knew I would have to lug those hardcover books back on the plane. After I made my frugal purchase, I walked over to the next seller. Oh no!!! She was selling children’s books also! There was  Frog and Toad, The Fire Cat and Danny and the Dinosaur – each for…you guessed it…25 cents. I couldn’t resist…I bought TWELVE…but I left those with my grandson!

Multicultural Picture Book Review and Activities

Mei-Mei Loves the Morning

Written by Margaret Holloway Tsubaklyama

Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (1999)

Ages: 4 and up

Themes:

Multigenerational activities, family bonding, urban China

Opening Lines:

“Mei-Mei loves the morning. When she wakes up, she always hears Bai-Ling rustling impatiently in his cage and Grandpa’s slippers sip-slapping on the kitchen floor. Mother and Father are still asleep, but Mei-Mei jumps out of bed.”

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