Perfect Picture Book Friday – Extraordinary Jane

Woo-hoo!  It’s Friday!

Doesn’t Friday just automatically make you happy?

I think Fridays are just a little bit magic and have an advantage over the other days of the week 🙂

My plan for this weekend includes baking birthday cake for my step-daughter and babysitting for my granddaughters so she and her husband can have a little much-deserved-no-kids-couple-time.  Lucky me – I totally win out!  I see acorn and stick collecting, painting, play-doh, sidewalk chalk, tea parties, hide-and-seek, and being a pony in my weekend 🙂

And I’m thinking I will share this book – my PPBF pick for this week – because it is so cute and sweet!

Title: Extraordinary Jane
Written & Illustrated By: Hannah E. Harrison
Dial, February 2014, Fiction

Suitable For Ages: 3-8

Themes/Topics: being yourself

Opening: “Jane was ordinary in a world that was extraordinary.”

Brief Synopsis: Jane is a little dog who lives at the circus.  She’s not graceful like her mother, mighty like her father, daring like her brothers, or fearless like her sisters.  She’s just Jane.  But you don’t have to be graceful or mighty or daring or fearless to be special.

Links To Resources: together with your child or class, make a list of things you think everyone would agree are extraordinary, like being brave or strong.  Do you have any of those qualities? Does your child or the members of your class?  Talk about what extraordinary really means.  Make a new list of things that could be considered extraordinary, like helping an elderly neighbor take out the recycling, or being kind to the new kid in class.  Who has these qualities?  Talk about what makes you like people – probably things like they’re nice, or they make you laugh.  Can those things be considered special?  What can you do today to make the world a better place just by being you?  Would pair nicely with Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson.

Why I Like This Book: This is one of those delightfully simple and sweet books that I just love!  Let’s face it – lots of us feel ordinary.  So many kids can relate to the idea of worrying that they might not measure up in today’s world of high expectations.  This sweet story reminds us – kids, parents, and teachers alike – that we are all extraordinary in our own way, and that we are all special to somebody.  The art is bright and colorful.  Some of the spreads are humorous (in particular the balancing ball incident  and the page after it :)) and the last one is guaranteed to make you say “Aww!” 🙂

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

So what are you all planning for this weekend (besides a trip to the library to read all the great books that are sure to show up on this week’s PPBF list)?

PPBF bloggers, please leave your post-specific links on the list below so we can all come visit and make our library lists 🙂

Have a great weekend, everyone!!! 🙂

51 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Extraordinary Jane

  1. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    It's a wonderful world, Anthony! The Perfect Picture Book data base (tab above) is full of great books listed by theme – I'm sure you'll find all sorts of great ideas there 🙂 I'm sadly behind in updating, but working on it. Be sure to check the pinterest page too – that's where I'm migrating the theme lists to.

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