It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday once again, my friends!
And guess what? I may have finally fixed the glitch in the link list! (And by “I” I mean my far more intelligent and tech-savvy daughter 😊) Fingers crossed it works right this time, after 2 weeks of wrong and more wrong!
So! To the books!
Back to school time is making friends time, and my Perfect Picture Book for today is all about friendship!
Title: Chirp!: Chipmunk Sings For A Friend
Written By: Jamie A. Swenson
Illustrated By: Scott Magoon
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, July 13, 2021
Suitable For Ages: 4-8
Themes/Topics: friendship, perseverance, cooperation
Opening: “Chipmunk lived on a rock.
Most days she sat on her rock, chirping from dawn. . . until the stars shone down.”
Brief Synopsis: Chipmunk spends her days sitting on her rock and singing the songs in her heart, but sometimes she wishes for a friend who could sing with her.
Links To Resources: songs for kids about different emotions; recipe – friendship snack mix; discuss – what makes a good friend?; draw a picture or write a poem or a story about your best friend.
Why I Like This Book: This is such a sweet story about finding friends! All on her own, Chipmunk sings to Rock, and then to Pinecone and Rock, but though they are excellent listeners, they’re not quite the kind of friends she is hoping for. Eventually, her singing brings Raccoon along and a friendship begins (unnoticed!) as she and Chipmunk try to move Log to where Rock and Pinecone are (Chipmunk thinking that Log might be a friend.) But Log is too heavy even for Chipmunk and Raccoon together, so they sing about their frustration…and that brings Moose along. Once again, friendship begins unnoticed as Moose listens and then offers to help. Finally, Rock and Pinecone and Log, and Chipmunk and Raccoon and Moose are all together in the same place. Rock and Pinecone and Log do what they do best – listen! – while Chipmunk and Raccoon and Moose sing together, a true friendship having formed through their cooperation. The story is simple and sweet, with little notes of humor (favorite line: ““Like a rock, a pinecone, and a log in a pod,” said Moose. 😊) The art is delightful. I especially like how every time Chipmunk sets out to find another friend she literally dashes off the page 😊 A lovely story about finding what matters.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 😊
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13 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Chirp!: Chipmunk Sings For A Friend”
Susann what a fun way to discover a friend. I love that singing is what brings them together.
What a sweet story, Susanna! I love that Chipmunk found good listeners and good friends.
I can see a teacher, a librarian or caregiver presenting this story to their class/group.
It has the quality that rings so true in life.
And then I bet the kids will be singing all day long:)
I love this story! And the art! That spread where chipmunks sings from dawn to dark is gorgeous! Now I’m adding it to my TBR list. Thanks for the rec, Susanna!
oops! I accidentally added mine twice, LOL. Sorry about that!
What a perfect picture book for today! I can’t wait to read about Chipmunk!
What a sweet story about making friends in unlikely ways. Love the illustrations!
This is lovely, Susanna! Friendship stories are the best!
Those illustrations and page turns are wonderful. What a sweet story.
Susanna, thanks for presenting this wonderful story! I always have enjoyed stories about friendships! 🙂
Thank you, Jamie, for this adorable book. I needed another reason to watch chipmunks. Susanna, Chirp was a fantastic pick.
Thanks for sharing this sweet book with us Susanna, and thank you Jamie for writing this! We have many chipmunks who raise their voices, chirping along with the birds in our backyard, atop whatever bench, woodpile or step that they can find! I love the illustrations and the friendship theme!
This looks like a lovely book. I can’t wait to read it. I am always impressed with how people can take a subject and find a new twist on it! Great job, Jamie and Scott!