Boy, oh, boy are we going to have tons of fun today!
(Which is good because we’re back in sub-zero temperatures around here and I might get cranky about that if not for all the fun! :))
First of all, it’s Perfect Picture Book Friday, and what’s not to love about that?
Second of all, we have a winner of today’s book from our meet the author post on Monday! (You can see the post HERE if you missed it.)
Finally, someone around here, who clearly cannot be left unsupervised for a second!, has been hatching a hare-brained scheme, and I suppose it’s about time I let you in on it 🙂 But first – our perfect picture book!
Title: The Girl Who Heard Colors
Written By: Marie Harris
Illustrated By: Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Nancy Paulsen Books, September 2013, Fiction
Suitable For Ages: 3-8
Themes/Topics: synesthesia, differences, acceptance, perception, five senses
Opening: “Jillian loved the world with all her five senses. She loved the tickling touch of her bunny’s whiskers on her cheek. She loved the taste of warm maple syrup on waffles.”
Brief Synopsis: When Jillian hears a dog barking, she sees red. When she rings her bike bell, she sees silver. The wind in the pines is soft gray, and the rain, light purple. Jillian has synesthesia – a way of perceiving that causes sound to have color. But when the kids at school tease her, suddenly it doesn’t feel like such a great thing to have. It takes a special teacher to help them all see it for the gift it is.
Links To Resources: The back of the book has information about synesthesia. Neuroscience For Kids has information about synesthesia as well as a test you can try. Science News For Students also has a lot of information. HERE is a test to see if you might be a synesthete. Talk about what it would be like to hear colors or taste sounds. Are there times when experiencing the world like that would be an advantage? A disadvantage?
Why I Like This Book: I always like books that encourage acceptance and tolerance. There is too much variety in the world for any one way to be the “right” way to be or believe or perceive. So I like this book for that reason. But it’s also a beautifully written story that any child who has ever felt different will relate to. The language is poetic (not surprising since it was written by a New Hampshire poet laureate :).) And synesthesia itself is absolutely fascinating. I finished this book and found myself wishing I could be a synesthete for a day, just to see how cool it would be to experience the world that way!
For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.
The next item on our agenda of excitement today is to let you know who won the book so generously donated by Marie. Random.org has chosen our winner and it is Tracy Campbell! Woo-hoo, Tracy! Come on down! Your prize is a signed copy of THE GIRL WHO HEARD COLORS! Please email me with your address (which I probably have but can’t find! :)) and I’ll get it right out to you!
And now, one last item before we all head off for the weekend….
It’s been a long winter.
We’ve had a lot of snow, and more is coming Sunday into Monday (according to the local weatherman who seriously needs to be replaced by a new weatherman with better news!)
It’s been bitterly cold, day after day, for weeks on end.
The icicles have icicles!
I think it’s time for some fun!
And it seems to me, we haven’t had a writing contest in nearly 3 months…
SO, boys and girls, hold onto your hats, because we’re taking Hare-Brained Scheme to a whole new level!
*as in wild and wacky, not angry 🙂
Now. The really hare-brained part of all this is that it will be followed by a related Illustrator Contest in April!!! (to be announced and elaborated on later! :))
That kind of excitement bowls you right over, don’t it? 🙂
And with that, I wish you a lovely time perusing the rest of today’s perfect picture books! PPBF bloggers, please leave your post-specific links in the list below.
Have a great weekend, everyone!!! (And fire up those thinking caps!)