Woo hoo! It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday!
And you know what that means . . .
The weekend is (for all intents and purposes) HERE!!!
Autumn weekends are the best, aren’t they?
Apple picking…cider donuts…fall foliage…cider donuts…pumpkin picking…cider donuts… hiking…cider donuts…I’m sure you get the point…cider donuts 🙂 )
Today, I’m sharing a book about nature – well, really about a person who truly loved and appreciated it – even though not specifically about autumn. (And not at all about cider donuts – although I’m sure the book would be even more enjoyable with a plate of them to munch on 🙂 ) Have a look!
Title: Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story
Written By: Lindsey McDivitt
Illustrated By: Eileen Ryan Ewen
Sleeping Bear Press, July 2018, nonfiction
Suitable For Ages: 6-9
Themes/Topics: nature/environment, overcoming disabilities, girl power, artists
Opening: “Gwen followed her brothers and sisters everywhere, like a small fawn follows its herd. They roamed the woods and fields near Croswell – their tiny town tucked into the thumb of Michigan. Gwen played and picked wildflowers. But her hands were weakened from an illness as a baby. Her speech was slurred, one small foot dragged, and she fell down often.
She bumped her shins.
She bruised her knees.
She banged her elbows.
“Gwen doesn’t need your help, Helen,” Mama called from the porch. Mama knew Gwen could do whatever she put her mind to.”
Brief Synopsis: A picture book biography of lesser-known environmental pioneer, artist, and businesswoman, Gwen Frostic, who rose above the challenges caused by a debilitating childhood illness to create nature-based artwork, help build WWII bombers, create her own printmaking business, and encourage people to appreciate, protect and cherish nature.
Links To Resources: the book itself is a resource, including back matter with additional biographical information on Gwen Frostic and a print-making art/nature activity; make your own leaf rubbings
Why I Like This Book: Most picture books are for kids up to age 8. I love when the occasional one comes along that is intended for slightly older kids because, let’s face it – they love picture books too! Educational and/or biographical information is so much more palatable in picture book format! :). This book is beautifully written, placing the emphasis on Gwen’s intelligence and determination to succeed in art, environmental protection and business, in spite of dire warnings in her youth that she’d never be able to write (never mind draw or carve) because her hands weren’t strong enough to hold a pencil and the fact that her physical disabilities made getting around difficult. The repeated phrase that Gwen knew she could do whatever she set her mind to is inspirational and motivational for young readers. I also love that Gwen was ahead of her time, doing things that women didn’t typically do. Very empowering for young readers. All around a very interesting book about a person I hadn’t heard of before!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂
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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂
OH! And I almost forgot to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway! Laura Sassi and her generous publisher, Zonderkidz, offered a copy of LOVE IS KIND to one lucky commenter. And the winner is . . .
DUHN DUHN DUHN . . .
So, Becky, give me a holler and I’ll put you and Laura in touch with each other so you can get your book!!!
Many thanks, Laura and Zonderkidz!