I HAVE BEEN WAITING AND WAITING for Perfect Picture Book Friday to come back from summer vacation to tell you about this book!
Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because Little Elliot had me at the cover!
Little Elliot, Big City
Written and Illustrated by Mike Curato
40 pages – ages 4+
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on August 26, 2014
Theme/Topic- Making friends / Having a cupcake ;)
Opening and Synopsis- (publisher’s description)
“Amid the hustle and bustle of the big city, the big crowds and bigger buildings, Little Elliot leads a quiet life. In spite of the challenges he faces, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy—like cupcakes! And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter—a friend.”
Why I liked this book- Little Elliot is an amazingly cute little elephant. Who doesn’t love him? Come on? Who didn’t see Elliot on the cover and go “Awwwww”? ;) Mr. Curato has written a great story about friendship. I like how Elliot meets someone smaller than him and together they tackle the big city! The illustrations are magnificent, and if you don’t believe me, just take a look!
Isn’t that great? I like how it seems to take place in the 1940’s. The cars are well-drawn (and pretty cool). The clothing on the people match the time period too. I love the feel you get from just the pictures (like looking at an old picture). This story is awesome also! I think that it would make a marvelous read-a-loud and a book to teach that with a little help, we can meet our challenges! :)
Activities and Resources-
I love it when publishers have activity guides to go along with their books! Check out the parent and educator guide for Little Elliot HERE!
Kindergarten-Lessons.com has a list of suggested friendship activities for the classroom. Click HERE to go THERE.
To learn more about Little Elliot, Big City, please visit the publisher’s website HERE.
To learn more about Mr. Curato and his other works, please visit his website HERE.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!