Perfect Picture Book Friday – Love Is Kind with a GIVEAWAY!
Today is a special day!
Not only is it Perfect Picture Book Friday, it’s the day author Laura Sassi is stopping at my little blog on her blog tour! (Thanks so much for joining us, Laura, and including us in the launch of this wonderful book!)
As a result, we have a great book to share as well as FANTASTIC activities from the author herself!
Let’s get right to it, shall we? 🙂
Title: Love Is Kind
WrittenBy: Laura Sassi
Illustrated By: Lison Chaperon
Zonderkidz, August 2018, fiction
Suitable For Ages: 4-8
Themes/Topics: love, kindness, doing the right thing
Opening: “Little Owl jingled the coins in his pocket. It was Grammy’s birthday. And, finally, he had enough money to buy her something special – a heart-shaped box of chocolates. He took out the coins – so shiny and new – and ready to spend. But then. . .”
Brief Synopsis: Little Owl has planned a special gift for Grammy’s birthday, but one thing after another goes wrong. He perseveres, doing the right thing even when it is difficult, and ends up giving Grammy an unplanned but even more wonderful gift.
Links To Resources: Today we have wonderful, special resources straight from the author! Take it away, Laura! 🙂
(With apologies from me that the text is so crunched together – I could not get this to format properly no matter what I did!)
Little Owl’s Tea Party: FIVE TIPS for Pairing Picture Books with a Tasty Treat
by Laura Sassi
Today I’m delighted to share with you a sweet baking activity created by French illustrator Lison Chaperon, with a little collaboration from the author (me!) to adapt the recipe to US measurements. Click HERE to download a high quality at scale version for better printing. I hope you enjoy it!
In addition to being absolutely delicious, this LOVE IS KIND-inspired baking activity has gotten me thinking about how wonderful it is when we pair picture books with a tasty book-themed treat. In doing so, not only are we giving our kids the opportunity to learn some baking/cooking skills, we are helping them to connect to the story in a new and fun way. As we nibble and chat about the book, we’re also instilling in them a framework to talk about the stories we read and an opportunity to think about how picture books relate to our lives and the world. Finally, we’re fostering good critical thinking skills as we converse with our little ones about what treat would be best paired with a particular picture book.
With all these benefits in mind, here are FIVE tips for PAIRING PICTURE BOOKS with TASTY TREATS.
1. Pick any picture book. (Better yet, let your child pick the book.)
2. Pre-read the story so you can gather your ingredients. Once you’ve selected your picture book, take a few minutes a day or two ahead of time so that you can anticipate what types of treats you and your child might want to create to pair with the story. This way you can be sure to have the ingredients in stock for a seamless and tasty brainstorming to baking to eating experience.
3. As you read with your child, ponder the treat-making possibilities. It’s most beneficial (and engaging) to your budding critical thinkers if you include them in the process of deciding what book-themed treat to create, though it’s perfectly acceptable, in my opinion, to gently lead them towards the ingredients you have on hand (see step two). As you are pondering, the treat might be obvious. For example, in my third book DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE, Fernando the mouse loves gumdrops, popcorn, and cheese on try toast, so those would be obvious picks.
4. Sometimes you will have to be creative! Some picture books, however, won’t have such obvious choices. My recommendation, in these instances, is to pick a character or a defining element of the story and create a treat inspired by that. For example, on her blog, Easy Elegant Entertaining™, trained chef and cookbook author (and mom to an adorable young budding reader), Addie Gundry, uses the concept of tails in GOODNIGHT, ARK to create an adorable book-themed treat. http://addiegundry.com/theblog/2018/3/21/tails-on-the-ark-two-by-two
You can also create character-based cookies for almost any book, as my daughter did for Tara Lazar’s THE MONSTORE and my GOODNIGHT, ARK.
Tiger Cookies for Goodnight Ark
5. Have fun! (Need I say more?)
Thank you, Laura! What a fun activity!
Why I Like This Book: The story is sweet with a beautiful message about what love really is (from 1.Corinthians.13). While the story unfolds, the lovely words from the Bible verse appear in dreamy lettering in the background – on the breeze, in a rainbow, etc. Not at all heavy-handed, but beautifully woven into the story. Little Owl’s behavior and reactions are realistic and believable – frustration, disappointment, envy, sadness – but he doesn’t give in to his negative emotions, choosing instead to be a good person. He shows up at Grammy’s empty-handed and unhappy, only to find that by being himself he has given her the best gift of all. The art is warm and appealing, and Little Owl is adorable 🙂
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂
Here’s the book trailer in case you’d like a further glimpse of the book!
Children’s Author Laura Sassi
Children’s book author and poet
GOODNIGHT, ARK (Zonderkidz, August ’14)
GOODNIGHT, MANGER (Zonderkidz, October ’15)
DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE (Sterling, Spring ’18)
The publisher has generously offered a giveaway of one copy of LOVE IS KIND to one of our readers. To qualify, you must be a U.S. resident with a street address (as opposed to a P.O. Box) and at least 18 years old to enter. If you wish to be considered, please leave a comment below indicating your interest by Monday October 8 at 9PM Eastern and we will randomly select a lucky winner!
PPBF folks, please add your titles and post-specific links (and any other info you feel like filling out 🙂 ) to the form below so we can all come see what fabulous picture books you’ve chosen to share this week!
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂
(And don’t forget to enter the giveaway if you’re interested!)
72 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Love Is Kind with a GIVEAWAY!”
What a beautiful sweet book, literally and figuratively with adorable illustrations. ❤
Thanks so much!
It is a darling book! I hope you get to see the whole thing!
LOVE your post today. I would love to go to a Little Owl Tea Party!
Any excuse for a tea party is always good for me.. and these muffins are delish! =)
It’s an adorable book, Joanna, and Laura’s activities are superb! A Little Owl Tea Party sounds fun to me too! 🙂
Oh, I love this! So sweet. Thank you for sharing with us.
Thanks for your kind comment. =)
It’s a delightful book, Katie, and you can’t go wrong with muffins! 🙂
What a treat to have you here today, Laura. I love the message of Love is Kind & love your Perfect Pairing of a book & sweet treat!
Thank you, Patricia. And thank you, Susanna, for inviting me to be here today.
It’s such a sweet book, Patricia! I hope you get to read it if you haven’t already!
The muffins sound so good. Love the book and the theme. Young kids have a hard time understanding things don’t always go as planned. Congratulations.
The muffins are delish… and they disappeared quickly when I baked them. And I agree about kids having a hard time understanding that things don’t always go as planned. That’s hard for many grown ups too! LOL!
I think we’ll all be trying out the muffin recipe 🙂 And I agree – it’s hard for everyone to accept that things don’t always go as planned, and one of the things I love about this book is that Little Owl models how not to let your disappointment turn you into a lesser person.
His presence; what an incredible gift. Thank you, Susanna, for your gift to our world of blogging and literacy. I absolutely love this pick and participating in PPBF every week!
I agree – this blog is a gift! Such an honor to be a guest. Happy reading to you!
Thank you for your very kind words, Barbara! They mean so much to me! I hope you’ll get to share this lovely book with your students…and the muffins! 🙂
This book is so adorable and I love Little Owl’s Tea Party! I like the idea of combining a food activity in a story. You have a winner Laura!
Thank you for your kind words. =) And yes, books and a treat are delicious together.
Oh my goodness. This looks adorable! Congratulations Laura and thanks for the great post, Susanna!
Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth. =)
It is totally adorable, Elizabeth! I’m glad you enjoyed the post – you can thank Laura for the activities – that was all her!
This is such a sweet story and illustrations. As a Pre-K teacher, I know my kids would enjoy it and I would enjoy reading it to them. I love the recipe too. So GREAT!!
Oh, it’s perfect for pre-k! Thank you for your kind words, too.
It’s a perfect book for pre-K, Janet! And muffins are perfect for everyone! 🙂
What a sweet book! I love the trailer – and the fun ideas for a tea party. Thank you for sharing this book that comes at a time when we need more kindness.
Amen on needing more kindness. That’s something we can never have enough of. Glad you liked the trailer. =)
You are so right about needing more kindness, Sue! And isn’t that the cutest trailer? I love it!
Love this book…love the whole idea of this book…and love all of the sweet activities. I’m a big fan of kids in the kitchen and pairing picture books with cooking activities and craft projects! Laura is one of my kidlit heroes! As are you, Susanna!
And I feel the same way about you! Happy reading and baking!
It is such a lovely book, Vivian! I totally agree with you on that! And I guess you, Laura and I are all part of a mutual admiration society – I think both of you are the cat’s pajamas 🙂
This looks absolutely adorable! And I love the recipe and activities. Thanks, Laura and Susanna!
Thanks, Gabi! Happy reading and baking!
This book is a true must-read, Gabi – to kids if you have any little ones in your life, but also as a writer – we can learn from how beautifully Laura put this book together!
I love the idea and take-away of this adorable book. The recipes and activities look fun and make reading interactive with kids. Thanks for the chance to win a copy too!
Thank you, Danielle.
Whether you’re the lucky winner or not, Danielle, be sure to read this book when you get a chance. It’s such a gem 🙂
Aw. This book looks great!
And, ooh! Muffins, you say?
Muffins make everything better, don’t they? =)
There are always plenty of muffins around here, Mike…especially chocolate ones 🙂 (And yes, I know that chocolate muffins are just the breakfast-acceptable version of cake 🙂 )
Thanks for making me think more about pairing books with baking. Yum! What kid won’t get into this? And the book is so cuddly cute, I want to hug it. Cheers!
Aww, thanks Jilanne. I have to agree that Lison Chaperon’s Little Owl is very cute! I’ll go hug the book for you. =) But seriously, thank you for your kind words and enthusiasm.
It’s true, Jilanne, that a lot of books pair well with baking…or a snack of some kind. It’s a fun activity to do as an extension! And I agree.- this book is cuddly! 🙂
Great post for a lovely book! And so many wonderful ideas.
Glad you enjoyed the post, Naomi! The book is adorable, and Laura’s activities are always wonderful!
Thanks, Naomi! =)
The Owl Tea Party seems so fun! Great ideas to accompany the book!
I know, Suzie! I’m ready for an Owl Tea Party any time… the more muffins the better 🙂 Hope you get a chance to read the book!
Suzie, I’m so glad you like the ideas! And fall is the perfect season for tea parties, don’t you think?
Wow! Yum! Amazing post to accompany my Saturday morning coffee. Friday was so busy.
Oh, good. Happy sipping. =)
Little Owl’s Coffee Party sounds like just as good an idea as a tea party, Laura! 🙂
Love the theme of this cute PB and the sweet illustrations. Never hurts to have a fun activity to go along with it, especially a tasty one! Thanks, Laura and Susanna, too 🙂
Thanks for your kind words, Marty.
Activities to go along with PBs is what PPBF is all about, Marty :). This is a great one all around 🙂
This looks like a delightfully fun picture book and recipe! Thanks for the post.
Thank you, Carleen!
So glad you enjoyed it, Carleen!
Thank you for sharing. Amazing books! I want to buy them all!!
I know, Kaitlyn! We’re all like kinds in a candy store when it comes to picture books 🙂
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Such amazing books to check out!
Thanks for reblogging and glad you’re excited about all the wonderful books!
I saw this at the bookstore last week and was immediately drawn in by the charming illustrations. The story was equally delightful! Thanks for sharing the fun activities. My kids would love those pretzel tails!
It really is delightful all around, isn’t it, Becky? As for pretzel tails…sweet chocolate, salty pretzel, what’s not to love?! 🙂
I thought this book was beautiful and sweet. A lovely message, with adorable illustrations. And what a bonus a tea party with yummy treats!
It really is wonderful all around, isn’t it, Jean?! 🙂
Such an adorable book! Love the post!
You won’t want to miss this one, Angie 🙂