Sunday, April 10, 2011

Picture Book Saturday

Yeah, so it's Sunday. I've been complaining on Twitter about how crazy life has been lately and though I was good for awhile, setting up posts in advance and all that smart stuff, I definitely fell behind in the last couple of weeks. As I'm attempting to get back on track, here's a Picture Book Saturday...on Sunday.

Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn O. Galbraith and illustrator Wendy Anderson Halerin

It's that time of year! Gardens are being planned and units are being taught on how to make things grow. This book would make a really nice companion to teaching your kids about seeds and how nature is pretty awesome at taking care of itself.

The author combines bits about weather, people, animals, and plants and how they all flow together to create beautiful things. Even the sound of nature are included, which could be a fun, interactive element for younger children.

Soft, yet detailed illustrations add to the mix, making a great classroom book!

Planting the Wild Garden
Kathryn O. Galbraith
32 pages
Picture Book
Peachtree Publishers
April 2011

Big Bouffant by Kate Hosford and illustrator Holly Clifton-Brown

I had so much fun reading this book! A young girl doesn't want to be like everyone else in her class, so she decides to take her hairstyle into her own hands, resulting in a huge, super-fun bouffant! The message of not being afraid to be yourself is definitely prominent, but is fantastic for opening up a discussion on how we can each be an individual. 

The illustrations are fabulous and definitely unique (perfect for the story premise). The flow of the rhyming text is spot-on, making this great for a read aloud, and again, the message is just awesome. I'm usually happier with quieter messages, but this one was loud and proud and pulled it off very well. 

Big Bouffant
Kate Hosford
32 pages
Picture Book
Carolrhoda Books
April 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

A Pet for Miss Wright by Judy Young and illustrator Andrea Wesson

Miss Wright is an author, but is finding writing to be a very lonely job, sending her on the search for the perfect pet. She tries out a fish, a cat, a monkey, a mynah bird, and lots of others before settling on the perfect pet to keep her company while writing. A dog. 

LOVE! A book about an author AND a dog? I'm sold. The text is simple and sweet, working well for reading aloud and the illustrations are a lot of fun. You could even turn this into a discussion on how a child could choose a perfect pet for themselves (though some of you may not be ready to open up that can of worms). 

A Pet for Miss Wright
Judy Young
32 pages
Picture Book
Sleeping Bear Press
April 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

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