Perfect Picture Book Friday – What About Moose?

Well, dearies, here we are again, about to wade into summer!

And you know what that means.

It means Perfect Picture Books will go on hiatus until September.

I know.  It’s sad.  But luckily we have a big list of books to tide us over (if I ever finish updating it, it will be REALLY big!)  And a little break is good for us.  It means we’ll come back refreshed and filled with renewed enthusiasm 🙂

For the last PPBF before summer hiatus, I have a fantastically fun book to share!  You will probably all want to rush out and read it immediately 🙂

Title: What About Moose?
Written By: Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez
Illustrated By: Keika Yamaguchi
Atheneum Books For Young Readers, June 2015, Fiction

Suitable For Ages: 4-8

Themes/Topics: teamwork, behavior (bossiness), language fun (rhyme), forgiveness

Opening: “Fox met her friends with her toolbox in hand.
‘Time to start building!  Now here’s what I’ve planned.’
She divvied up jobs and then Moose trotted in.
‘I’m HERE!’ he announced.  ‘Let construction begin!’

Brief Synopsis: The forest animals are working together to build a tree house… all except Moose who is so busy being in charge that he fails to perceive exactly what’s happening.  When he finds himself in a tight situation, his kind-hearted friends help him out in spite of his previous bossiness.

Links To Resources: Team Building Games; design your own treehouse – draw the kind of treehouse you’d love to have, including amenities :); moose coloring pages; recipes for lemonade (to drink while you’re building or playing in your treehouse :))

Why I Like This Book: As you’ve probably all gathered by now (due to the fact that I’m always adding her books to Perfect Picture Books list :)) I am a die-hard Corey Rosen Schwartz fan.  Her books are always clever and fun with fabulous rhyme that is a pleasure to read aloud.  This new addition is no exception.  Moose is delightful in his bossiness, hollering commands through a megaphone, oblivious to the predicament he’s getting himself into.  His friends are forgiving, willing to help him out even though he’s been a pain in the backside.  The illustrations are appealing and engaging.  The story is light-hearted and fun while still getting the message across that it’s best to work together – one all ages will enjoy!

Here’s the trailer:

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

I know we will all be reading picture books throughout the summer, but with so many wonderful outdoor things to do (and the kids all home from school :)), our time for writing posts, reading reviews, and visiting one another’s blogs will be limited.  And summer is all about spending time with our families.  So go forth and enjoy – we’ll be here when you get back to start up PPBF again on Friday September 11!

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Have a wonderful summer, everyone, and those of you who only visit for PPBF, we’ll see you in September!  Everyone else, we’ll still be here with Would You Read It Wednesdays, the pitch picks, and Straight From The Editor, the upcoming Children’s Illustration Contest to be followed by some other high jinx for writers, and maybe a few surprises… depending on whether I manage to get things done 🙂  I’ve got at least three new things I’m hoping to share soon 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!  And I hope to see some of you in New Jersey! 🙂

Perfect Picture Book Friday – Star Bright: A Christmas Story

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, Everyone!

I’m excited that it’s December and we finally get to share holiday books 🙂  I have such a sweet book for today!  In past years, I have stuck to books like Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree which, though about Christmas, are not at all religious.  The book I’ve chosen today veers a little closer to the traditional story of Christmas but it’s so beautifully done that I think it’s appropriate for everyone, regardless of religion or belief.  I hope you get a chance to read it!

Title: Star Bright: A Christmas Story
Written By: Alison McGhee
Illustrated By: Peter H. Reynolds
Atheneum Books For Young Readers, September 2014, Fiction

Suitable For Ages: 4-8

Themes/Topics: Christmas, the nativity, giving/generosity

Opening: “It was the end of December, and a baby was soon to be born.  A baby!  In the heavens, angels turned light with joy.”

Brief Synopsis: An extra special baby is coming and the newest angel wants to give a present.  But what can she give?  Wind is the sky’s gift.  Rain is the clouds’ gift.  Music is the gift of the songbirds. But when the little angel sees three lost travelers, she knows exactly what to give – the best gift of all!

Links To Resources: share the story of the nativity no matter your personal religion or beliefs – it’s good for kids to know about things that are deeply important to others as well as to themselves and you can share the story of Hanukah etc. too; talk about gifts – what makes a good gift? does it have to be big, extravagant, expensive? what makes a gift really matter to someone?  what kinds of gifts do you like to give and receive?  Make these sugar cookies RECIPE HERE in the shapes of Christmas trees, stars, or whatever else you like 🙂 Make paper stars INSTRUCTIONS HERE; make paper snowflakes INSTRUCTIONS HERE

Why I Like This Book: You know me – I love sweet stories 🙂  And this is one of those stories that tugs at your heartstrings just enough to make it memorable without being overdone.  But what I really love about this book is the creative way it spins the story of the nativity, so that you get the basic idea without anything overtly religious – and that’s quite a feat to have pulled off!  On one level, this is simply a story about a child who wants to give a wonderful gift but doesn’t know what she can offer, and how many children have felt like that?  Her creative solution will inspire young readers to think up their own creative solutions – when it comes to gifts, what can they give that only they can give?  And the art is by Peter H. Reynolds.  Enough said 🙂

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

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Have a great weekend, everybody!  See you Monday for the Holiday Contest!!!  (For which I have still not written my sample… or even really started thinking about it… details, details :))