Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday (PPBF). It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because April is National Poetry Month and I really love to go camping!
By: Kristine O’Connell George
Illustrated by: Kate Kiesler
48 pages – ages 4+
Published by Clarion Books in April 2001
Theme/Topic – Poetry / Nature
Opening and Synopsis –
No rocks or roots.
Next, sharp stakes, poles,
strong nylon rope. Shake, snap.
Billow, whoof, settle. Tug. Pull taut.
Our tent is up! Blooming, bright orange.
A girl and her family go camping and the story is told in poems. The story is told from the time they set up the tent to the time they pack up and everything in between, including campfires, hiking, sleeping bags, and bait shops!
Why I liked this book – This book was voted the School Library Journal Best Books of the Year in 2001 and I can see why. The illustrations are beautiful and realistic. I like how in the book the text for the poems is always different and takes unique shapes (for example, Tent (above) is shaped like a tent)! I love how the whole story is told in separate poems. It reminds me of our family camping trips. I want to know when we’re going camping again. I think boys (and girls) would really like this book!
Activities and Resources –
The author, Kristine O’Connell George has a ton of suggested activities to go along with her book. You can find them at her website HERE.
The National Wildlife Federation sponsors the Great American Backyard Campout every year. It encourages kids and adults to get out and have fun by having a campout in your own backyard! This year the Great American Campout is June 23rd. You can find information about it HERE.
You could sit outside and write your own poem about something you see in nature.
I think one of the best activities you can do is have a campfire and roast marshmallows and make smores!
You need marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate bars. You toast the marshmallows until it is warm and soft and then squish the marshmallow between 2 graham crackers that has a piece of chocolate on them. The trick is to get the marshmallow warm enough to melt the chocolate a little.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!