Perfect Picture Book Friday – Wishes

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Happy First Day of October, Everyone!

Today I have such a gorgeous book to share that I can’t wait to show it to you! I encourage you all to read it if you can. Writers, especially, will find this book a shining example of how to say so much with so little.

Get ready to have your socks blown off!

Title: Wishes

Written By: Mượn Thị Văn

Illustrated By: Victo Ngai

Publisher: Orchard Books, May 2021, reality-based fiction

Suitable For Ages: 4-8

Themes/Topics: immigration, family, home, resilience

text copyright Mượn Thị Văn 2021, illustration copyright Victo Ngai 2021, Orchard Books

Opening: “The night wished it was quieter.”

Brief Synopsis: A young Vietnamese girl must leave behind her home and everything she knows to find hope for a better life.

text copyright Mượn Thị Văn 2021, illustration copyright Victo Ngai 2021, Orchard Books

Links To Resources: the back of the book includes a note from the author about her own journey from Vietnam, as well as a note from the illustrator describing how she went about crafting her illustrations; if you had to leave home, what would you wish for? discuss, draw, or write a story or poem; what do you think would be the hardest thing to leave behind if you had to leave home? what would you want to be sure you brought with you?

text copyright Mượn Thị Văn 2021, illustration copyright Victo Ngai 2021, Orchard Books

Why I Like This Book: This is the kind of gorgeous, poignant book that makes your heart full. With only 75 words, the author conveys such a depth of emotion and story. With true picture book perfection, the illustrations tell as much of the story as the words, beautifully expanding the reader’s understanding of exactly what is happening and the strength it demands from the characters. The majority of young readers (thankfully) will never have experienced this particular kind of hardship, but it is so important for them to understand that life experiences are different for everyone and that many of them require strength, resilience, effort, and hope. A beautiful, thought-provoking, heart-stirring book that young readers will gain a lot from.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 😊

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

PPBF folks, please add your titles and post-specific blog links (and any other info you feel like filling out 😊) to the form below so we can all come see what fabulous picture books you’ve chosen to share this week!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! 😊

Perfect Picture Book Friday Returns! – Two Tough Trucks

Welcome back to Perfect Picture Book Friday, everyone!

A week later than I intended, but, you know, stuff happens… and better late than never 🙂

You all know I like rhyming truck books, having written a couple myself and shared more than one of Little Blue Truck’s adventures here.  Today I’m thrilled to be sharing one written by two of my very talented friends.  I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Two Tough Trucks

Title: Two Tough Trucks

Written By: Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca Gomez

Illustrated By: Hilary Leung

Orchard Books, September 17 2019, fiction

Suitable For Ages: 3-5

Themes/Topics: cooperation, compromise, working together, friendship

Opening: “One Mack, revved up and ready to go.
One Rig, a wreck, unsteady and slow.
Two trucks off to school for their first day of class.
One riding the brakes.  One hitting the gas.
VROOM! ZOOM!
A beep-beep goodbye.
A Rig holding back, a Mack saying “Hi!”

Brief Synopsis: (from the jacket) “Mack and Rig couldn’t be more different.
One loves the fast lane. The other, the off-ramp. But when they’re forced to pair up on their first day of school, can Mack and Rig figure out a way to get along and learn what it really means to be a tough truck?”

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text copyright Corey Rosen Schwartz & Rebecca Gomez 2019, illustration copyright Hilary Leung 2019

Links To Resources: Transportation Same & Different Cards; Monster Truck Car Wash Song (video); Truck Coloring Pages; make truck-shaped snacks (truck shape made of pancake or cut out of waffle with banana round wheels; sandwich cut in shapes that can be assembled to look like a truck with cucumber round wheels)

Why I Like This Book: this delightful book brings the concept of learning to get along into the world of trucks.  What could be more fun? 🙂 Mack and Rig are as different in their skills and personalities as they can be, and at first it seems there’s no hope for them to accomplish anything together.  But they learn what we all need to learn: that our differences complement each other and working together is always better than going it alone.  The story is engaging with fun to read-aloud rhyme, and the art is warm, bright and appealing.  A great choice for little truck-lovers and for kids who need a little encouragement to give potential friends a chance.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

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

PPBF folks, please add your titles and post-specific links (and any other info you feel like filling out 🙂 ) to the form below so we can all come see what fabulous picture books you’ve chosen to share this week!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂