There have been some awesome picture books released this spring season and I've been lucky enough to get my hands on quite a few of them it seems. These two titles have been some of my favorite reads in the past two weeks.
Sylvie, written and illustrated by Jennifer Sattler, is the story of an adorable pink flamingo, searching for her identity. When she wonders why she is pink instead of a different color and her mother tells her it's because of the shrimp that flamingos eat, Sylvie decides to try out some different colors, by eating lots of different things.
Sylvie samples some grapes and turns a lovely shade of purple, snacks on some chocolate and becomes a beautiful brown, and even consumes a piece of paisley bathing suit and is instantly a gorgeous paisley all over. However, after trying all of wonderful colors, Sylvie feels a bit yucky and a whole lot less like Sylvie.
Though the plot is one like a lot we've heard before....trying out different identities before truly loving one's self, Sylvie is presented in a unique, super-cute, funny manner, with hilarious illustrations, and some great. This would make a wonderful read aloud!
The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town, written by one of my all-time favorite children's authors, Judy Sierra, and illustrated by Melissa Sweet is a great bedtime read aloud for one on one with children or at a pajama party at the library.
Going through the alphabet in a nicely rhyming form, using a bedtime routine, readers (or listeners) will work on learning their ABC's, as well as giggle at the silly illustrations done by Sweet. We see "b" taking a bath, "f" full of fidgety wiggles, and "i" and "j" jumping on the bed!
The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town
To learn more about either title or to purchase, click on the book covers above to link to Amazon.