Perfect Picture Book Friday – Because Of An Acorn

By golly, it’s Perfect Picture Book Friday again!  Woo hoo!!!

I must admit, I am not sorry to see the back end of this week.

Some philosophical proverb spouter said that into every life a little rain must fall.  There is both truth and beauty in that statement (…also potentially a picture book! 🙂 )  In nature rain is life-giving, restorative and essential, and in life the metaphorical rainy days help us appreciate the sunshine all the more when it returns.  But it can be a little hard to remember that when you’re standing bare-headed in the downpour 🙂

Be that as it may, the weekend approacheth with sunshiny promises of family time, maybe a hike if it doesn’t rain, maybe a movie if it does, and at least a few minutes curled up with a good book and a cup of tea (I’m finishing Laini Taylor’s YA Daughter of Smoke And Bone trilogy which I highly recommend if you haven’t read it yet! and if you haven’t tried Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice I highly recommend that as well as the books – I’m a die-hard coffee drinker but this tea has me questioning my long-standing allegiance 🙂 )

Anyone else read a great book recently that they’d like to share here?  (and for this purpose it doesn’t have to be a picture book 🙂 )  Or has anyone been to the movies lately or planning on going this weekend?  What do you recommend?  Please share in the comments!!!  We’re getting to that time of year where a stockpile of good books and movies is oh-so-lovely to have 🙂  My daughter and I saw Bridget Jones’s Baby last weekend and what can I say?  I love Bridget Jones no matter what she’s doing 🙂

Anyway, speaking of nature and sunshine and rain, have a look at today’s Perfect Picture Book – an absolute delight of simplicity and beauty!


Title: Because Of An Acorn

Written By: Lola M. Schaefer & Adam Schaefer

Illustrated By: Frann Preston-Gannon

Chronicle Books, August 2016, fiction based on fact

Suitable For Ages: 3-6

Themes/Topics: nature, animals, ecosystem, environmental preservation

Opening: “Because of an acorn, a tree.”

Brief Synopsis: (from Amazon) “Because of an acorn, a tree grows, a bird nests, a seed becomes a flower. Enchanting die-cuts illustrate the vital connections between the layers of an ecosystem in this magical book. Wander down the forest path to learn how every tree, flower, plant, and animal connect to one another in spiraling circles of life. An acorn is just the beginning.”

Links To Resources: the book itself contains back matter about white oak trees, the ecosystem, and the importance of forest, as well as a “What You Can Do To Help” section; Acorn Crafts For Kids

Why I Like This Book:  This book is so simple and accessible, but explores so beautifully the vital interconnectedness of all things in an ecosystem.  Everything exists within the context of everything else, and all are interdependent.  In addition, it shows how something small can be the beginning of something big – a concept all children can appreciate 🙂  The art is enchanting – so inviting and appealing – just drawing you into the world of the forest (no pun intended 🙂 ).  A wonderful choice for the young naturalist in your home or classroom! 🙂


text copyright Lola and Adam Schaefer 2016, illustration copyright Frann Preston-Gannon 2016

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

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

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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂