Perfect Picture Book Friday – Flap Your Wings

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, Everyone!

Since it’s technically Spring, and since Sunday is Easter, I chose a book about an egg ūüôā ¬†It is another older book – almost 20 years older than last week’s older book! – but it is one of my All Time Favorites!

Flap Your Wings
Written & Illustrated By: P.D. Eastman
Random House, 1969, Fiction
Suitable For: ages 3-8
Themes/Topics: assumptions, non-traditional family, unconditional love, responsibility
Opening: (this is actually the first three pages.)
An egg lay in the path.
A boy came down the path. ¬†He saw the egg. ¬†“Someone might step on that egg and break it,” he said.
He looked around.
He saw flamingos and frogs, and turtles and alligators. ¬†“Whose egg is this?” he called. ¬†But no one answered.”

Brief Synopsis: ¬†A little boy finds an egg. ¬†He doesn’t want it to get damaged, so he looks around until he finds the nest and carefully puts it back. ¬†When Mr. and Mrs. Bird come home, they are surprised to find an egg in their nest… it wasn’t there when they left! ¬†But Mr. Bird says that if an egg is in their nest it must be their egg, so they must take care of it. ¬†So they do… with very surprising results!

Links To Resources:  Ideas And Activities For Guided Reading, Incubation & Embryology Activities, use with An Egg Is Quiet (from PPBF link list), talk about what kind of animals, insects and reptiles lay eggs and how the eggs are the same and different.

Why I Like This Book: ¬†This book is fun to read as a picture book, but is also an I Can Read type book that is very accessible to new readers. ¬†The pictures are delightful – Mr. and Mrs. Bird’s expressions are very entertaining. ¬†But I really love the story because it doesn’t go where you would expect. ¬†It’s funny. ¬†And it’s a great example of what agents, editors and reviewers mean when they talk about re-readability. ¬†This book delighted me as a child, and delighted my children in their turn. ¬†I’ve read it so many times that even now, years since I last read it to my kids, I can recite almost the whole book. ¬†It’s fun every time ūüôā

If you get a chance to read it, I hope you like it as much as I do!

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

Before we head off to our weekends, I just want to share a little housekeeping note for those of you who are new to Perfect Picture Book Fridays:

Perfect Picture Books are more than just reviews.

The thing that sets Perfect Picture Books apart is the resources.

It is our goal to make it easy for parents, teachers, and homeschoolers to expand on the use of picture books.

Essentially, we’re handing them a great picture book and one or more activities they can use with it ready-made.

The resources you provide may be online links, but they don’t have to be. ¬†Many PPBF bloggers think up GREAT activities and discussion questions and recipes and games etc…

The crucial thing is that the book you post must have at least one good resource to expand on its use at home and/or in the classroom in order to be added to the comprehensive list. ¬†And the resource must be ready to use – by which I mean, saying a book can be used for finger rhymes or a math activity doesn’t help a parent or teacher who doesn’t know any finger rhymes or math activities, so please tell us which finger rhyme and how to do it, or provide a specific math activity, etc. ¬†Thank you so much!

PPBF bloggers please be sure to leave your post-specific link in the list below so we can all come visit you and see what terrific books you’ve chosen this week!

Have a lovely weekend, everyone, and Happy Easter and Happy Passover to those who celebrate!

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