Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends!
Today I’m sharing a brand-new book by one of my favorite kidlit authors, Maria Gianferrari. You’ve met her before when she stopped by last summer to chat on Will Write for Cookies about her then new book, HELLO GOODBYE DOG. And now she has another one that just launched last week!!! And she is offering a copy as a GIVEAWAY! But before we get to our review and activity (which is going to be so much fun!), I need to make a few announcements.
The winner of a copy of SHARK NATE-O is…
Congratulations, Susanna! I’ll connect you and author Tara Luebbe.
And the winners of copies of SHOW ME HOW! BUILD YOUR CHILD’S SELF-ESTEEM THROUGH READING, CRAFTING AND COOKING are:
Congratulations, ladies…I will connect with all of you to make arrangements to send you the books so that you can present them to your local libraries in honor of National Library Week.
I also wanted to mention that the #50PreciousWordsforKids International Writing Challenge is coming up at the end of this month. It coincides with Children’s Book Week, April 30 to May 6. The official challenge post will go live on Monday, April 30th. And author Darlene Jacobsen is going to give the challenge a shout out on her blog on Thursday, April 19…I’ll post the link here and on my social media. Please, friends, start getting the word out to teachers and parents of kids in grades K-6. Although every child who participates is a winner, I would love to select one class per grade level and one homeschool family/group to receive a mini-Skype author or illustrator visit like we did last year. I’m hoping to get EIGHT authors or illustrators who would be willing to donate those. So please contact me if you’d like to participate: viviankirkfield@gmail.
And now for today’s Perfect Picture Book!
Written by Maria Giaferrari
Illustrated by Jia Liu
Published by Boyds Mill Press (2018)
Themes: Nonfiction animal info about tongues, humor
Why I like this book:
- Funny! Funny! Funny! Kids will love the humor.
- Fabulous word play and nonfiction info about animals and their tongues.
- Bold vibrant illustrations – and the expressions on the monkey who travels throughout the book are hilarious!
RELATED ACTIVITIESPhoto courtesy: https://iheartcraftythings.com/50-zoo-animal-crafts-kids.html
Lots of fun monkey projects! For detailed instructions, please go here: https://iheartcraftythings.com/50-zoo-animal-crafts-kids.html
And to add a funny tongue to any of these monkey crafts, just cut a long strip of construction paper, roll it up, and glue one end to the monkey’s mouth.
Enjoy the back matter in Maria’s book…so many amazing fun facts about animals and their tongues.
For more picture book reviews and activities for kids, hop over to Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday link up.
Please remember that book reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and other review sites are the best way we can thank authors for their wonderful stories.
And leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway of a copy of TERRIFIC TONGUES.
And don’t forget to pass the word around about #50PreciousWordsforKids and email me if you’d like to donate a mini-Skype author visit.
Today is Easter Sunday. It is also the second day of Passover. Just as with Christmas and Hanukah, these Christian and Jewish holidays are usually celebrated around the same time. It’s not by chance, of course.
If you trace most major religious holidays back to their beginnings, you will find they have the same roots and seem to be based on pagan festivals that were held thousands of years before.
Jake at Time after Time has a Sunday Post Challenge and every week he provides a theme…this week’s theme is CULTURE.
The word ‘culture’ has many definitions. Because of the holidays that are upon us, I’ll use this one: the set of shared attitudes, beliefs, customs, practices and social behaviors of a particular nation or group.
And it seems that no matter what the holiday or which religious or ethnic group is celebrating…presents are involved, especially for the children. Easter baskets filled with candy and stuffed animals, Christmas trees surrounded with gaily wrapped gifts, eight days of presents during Hanukah, gifts given as ransom for returning the afikomen (piece of matzoh) during Passover get-togethers.
Children love presents…but the most important gift we can give them is our time and attention. This is another similarity that is cross-cultural. Children need to be treasured no matter whether their parents are Christian or Jewish, Muslim or Hindu, American or French, Canadian or Spanish, rich or poor, highly educated or unable to read. artistic or sports-minded. If we look at cultures all over the world, we see that this is true…in most societies, parents, and often the entire community, strive to cherish the children. Of course, in war-ravaged areas or when epidemics of famine rage, it is often the children who suffer the most.
If we want to be in our children’s memories tomorrow, we need to be in their lives today. Read with your child. Talk with your child. Walk with your child. Play with your child. Cook with your child. Paint with your child. The bond you form now will last a lifetime.
Today is also the first day of National Library Week. Why not go to your local library with your child this week. Help your child pick out some books and read at least one every day. Studies show that children who are read to on a daily basis are more likely to succeed in school.
Don’t forget to nominate your favorite library in the comment section! Twenty-five libraries across the US and around the world can receive a free copy of Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking. Nominations close the last day of the month…don’t let your library lose out on the chance of getting this award-winning resource for parents and teachers.
If you’d like more information about Jake’s Sunday Post:
And here are some other bloggers who are doing Jake’s Sunday Post:
I will try to add more as they are posted.