HELLLLOOOO Blogosphere! Happy Friday! What could be better than Perfect Picture Book Friday you ask? (well maybe you didn’t but let’s just pretend you did)
Well, I’ll tell you! How about Perfect Picture Book Friday and I get a TWO hour delay from school!
Not so excited about that? Well I am pretty ding-dang-dong excited about that.
OKAY how about this -
After you get done reading about my pick for this week’s Perfect Picture Book Friday you click on over the Felicia and my vlog – The Write Chat where we have an all new episode for your viewing pleasure! This month we interview the amazingly talented BIG BOOK author – BART KING!
What is Mr. King’s Dream job?
Why are we interviewing an egg?
Are girls allowed to read the BIG BOOK OF BOY STUFF and are boys allowed to read the BIG BOOK OF GIRL STUFF?
How does Bart King (who is NOT a girl) write a BIG BOOK OF GIRL STUFF anyway?
All these and many more questions will be answered in this exciting episode of THE WRITE CHAT!
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 it was illustrated by Christian Robinson, and I like his works. That’s what caught my eye, but there is a lot more to the book.
By Matt De La Peña
Illustrated by Christian Robinson
32 pages – ages 3+
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on January 8, 2015
Opening and Synopsis- Opening – “CJ pushed through the church doors, skipped down the steps.”
Synopsis (from publisher) – “Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don’t own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them.”
Why I liked this book- This is a very inspiring book. It helps you see the wonders of the world, even in places you wouldn’t expect. Mr. Robinson’s art really compliments Mr. De La Peña’s story. It has that warm feeling and points to all the things that matter. I like how the twist at the end of the story reveals that CJ and his Nana go to help others. I noticed that CJ’s Nana never really shushes CJ for asking questions, like about a blind man – “How come that man can’t see?” and his Nana replies “…Some people watch the world with their ears.” That line made me smile. Mr. De La Peña has written a great picture book which makes me want to see the awesomeness in everything around me.
Activities and Resources-
A great activity is to volunteer to help other people like CJ and his Nana did. There are a lot of places you can go to help – just with your family or maybe your whole class room.
I found this list of activities called “Gratitude Games.” They are ways of having kids remember all they have to be thankful for. Click HERE to get it.
Of course the Bucket Fillers activities are a great way to have and show appreciation. Click HERE.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!