Perfect Picture Book Friday – Flap Your Wings

Hey there, fellow picture book lovers!

It’s Friday, and you know what that means… 😊

I have the perfect book this week.  It caters to my nostalgia in a week where my youngest turned 22 as well as to spring because it involves nesting birds, as well as to Mother’s Day this weekend… because it has a mother in it 😊

Look at me – checking all the boxes!

It’s an older book – one I read as a child so we’re talking ancient! 😊 – and is one of my All Time Favorites!  Prepare for fun!

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!

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Links To Resources:  Ideas And Activities For Guided ReadingIncubation & 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 🙂

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!!! And a Happy Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there – you make the world go ’round! 😊

 

Perfect Picture Book Friday – 1 2 3 Dream

 

Darlings!

Do you know what day it is?

If you said “Friday” of course you are right.

If you said “Perfect Picture Book Friday” you are right AND a person of above average intelligence and superior interests 🙂

But it is ALSO (and I know this will really make your day) National Collect Rocks Day!

I am not making this up.

Although I think I could have.

I could have woken up in the still darkness that is once again 5:25 AM (I’m already missing the light at that hour and it’s only September!) and said to myself, hmmm….what ridiculous thing could I come up with to celebrate today?  But I didn’t even have to, because, well, it’s National Collect Rocks Day.  Need I say more?

But it turns out that is a perfect day for it to be because my Perfect Picture Book for today is all about counting.

And what better to count than a rock collection?!

See how neatly that works? 🙂

But seriously, this is one of the most beautiful books I’ve seen in a while.  Really stunning.  Have a look!

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Title: 1 2 3 Dream

Written & Illustrated By: Kim Krans

Random House Children’s Books, September 27 2016, nonfiction

Suitable For Ages: 3-7

Themes/Topics: concept (counting), language (alliteration)

Opening: “1”

Brief Synopsis: A visual celebration of counting alliteration!

Links To Resources: take a walk and find things to count – ROCKS 🙂 or acorns or seashells, cars or houses or fire hydrants, dogs or squirrels or pigeons 🙂 ; think up other examples of alliteration with counting/numbers (e.g. one onion, two tomatoes), or with other word combinations like adjectives and nouns (e.g. purple parrot) or names (e.g. Peter Pan); enjoy with companion book ABC Dream also by Kim Krans; this book itself is a resource with a search and find feature at the back that invites you to pore over the beautifully illustrated pages and find a heart-shaped stone, a spiderweb, a forked tongue, and many more.

Why I Like This Book: One owl.  Two turtles.  Three thistles.  Four foxes… but no written words.  Not one!  Just the numbers 1-20 and gorgeous detailed illustration after gorgeous detailed illustration that invite you to say what you see and then hear the alliteration your words produce.  Seven starfish.  Eleven elephants.  Fifteen fireflies….  As you know, I’m usually more inclined to choose books on the basis of their words and story, but this one is enjoyable for the illustrations alone.  A true feast for the eyes.  The pen and ink drawings are exquisite.  I’m a writer but words fail me to describe how beautiful this book is!  So I’ll show you a couple spreads 🙂

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Illustration copyright Kim Krans 2016

 

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Illustration copyright Kim Krans 2016

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!!! 🙂

(And should you feel an irresistible urge to collect rocks, now you’ll know why 🙂 )