Saturday, January 31, 2009

Picture Book Saturday

I read a HUGE amount of great picture books this week, all of which I want to eventually share with you, but my poor little fingers don't want to write about 20 books today, so you get 4. Be happy with that. :) Enjoy!

Night's Nice, written and illustrated by Barabara and Ed Emberley comes with a cute moon cut-out on the front that your kiddos can play with while you read the story. Each page goes through reasons why nighttime is enjoyable, from having the ability to see the Big Dipper and fireworks, to caroling at Christmas time, and of course, sleeping for lots of animals...and for you and me.

Short and sweet, this is an adorable bedtime book. At first, I wasn't too keen on the illustrations, but after going through the book a second time, I think they're cute and fit the storyline well. Simple lines, bold colors for a simple story with a cuteness punch.

Night's Nice
Barbara and Ed Emberley
Picture Book
Little Brown
November 2008

Houdini the Amazing Caterpillar is written and illustrated by Janet Pedersen. I've had this one on my TBR shelf for quite some time and now I'm kicking myself, wishing I had gotten to it before Christmas. It would have made the perfect companion to the butterfly farm we bought for our niece. Oh well...I'm sending it for her birthday now!

Houdini is a classroom pet (pet project is more like it) and wants to shine in the limelight. When the classroom plant and other animals start to perform cool acts that are more interesting than Houdini's famous "walking across the stick" act, he knows he has to do something drastic. And what does Houdini do? Well turn into a beautiful butterfly of course!

Absolutely adorable! The illustrations are nicely done and the text will produce tons of giggles. Great for a read aloud and to pair with your life-cycle units.

Houdini the Amazing Caterpillar
Janet Pedersen
Picture Book
September 2008

Finally, Monsoon Afternoon, written by Kashmira Sheth and illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi is filled with gorgeous pictures and a sweet story of a boy and his grandfather, doing "nothing" on a rainy afternoon in India.

All a young Indian boy wants to do is go play outside, but everyone in his family has an excuse as to why their too busy to play with him. When his grandfather (or Dadaji) agrees to play with him, the pair enjoy their afternoon, playing in the monsoon rains, sailing paper boats, seeing the simple sites around their village, and climbing a banyan tree.

Not only does this touching story exhibit a wonderful bond between adult and child, it also incorporates small lessons about India, such as what monsoons are, what a banyan tree looks like, and traditional dress. Again, the illustrations are just beautiful...they were definitely my favorite part of this one.

Monsoon Afternoon
Kashmira Sheth
Picture Book
September 2008

To learn more about any of these titles, or to purchase, click on the book covers above to link to Amazon.

1 comment:

Laura said...

I used Houdini for a kindergarten storytime last week, and it went over like gangbusters. I'm looking forward to checking the rest of these out!