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 I like that this story is based on a family tale.
By Kathleen Taylor & Katherine L. Taylor
Illustrated by Kathleen Taylor
Published by Inkwater Press (January 21, 2011)
42 pages – ages 4+
Theme/Topic – military / responsibility / family stories
Opening and Synopsis – “Hi My name is Eddie. The year is 1951 and I’m a nineteen-year-old new recruit in the U.S. Navy. This will be my first tour of duty. I am both nervous and excited about being deployed on an aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Hornet.”
Eddie is a new recruit on an U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier during the Korean War. Eddie is a Navy photographer. Eddie finds a little orphaned puppy and decides he needs to help him. He takes the puppy he names Bingo onto the aircraft carrier and Eddie and all his sailor friends try to hide Bingo from the Captain. When Captain Drew finally finds out about the furry stow-away, he tells Eddie the ship is no place for a dog. Eddie just can’t throw Bingo overboard, so he sets out to find him a good home.
Why I liked this book – First of all, this book is based on a true story and I really like true stories! The authors took a story that was told by Kathleen’s father to her and made it into a story book! Katherine and Kathleen are a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law writing team. I think family stories are important and good to share. I also like how Eddie shows responsibility for the puppy that he found and he wouldn’t give him up until he found a safe place for Bingo. It also tells a little bit about life on an aircraft carrier which I thought was interesting (they must be huge if you can hide a dog on them)! I also thought the illustrations were nicely done.
Activities and Resources –
I found some cool Navy ship coloring pages HERE.
Since Eddie took responsibility for the puppy, you can donate animal food to your local SPCA or shelter and talk to your kids about helping animals in need.
I also found this cool family story activity for older kids at The International Reading Association’s website. Here’s what it says about the activity –
“The stories of an older family member can explain family traditions and establish heritage-and they can be cherished possessions that are passed among family members for years to come. Teens can take part in the process of building family histories by recording the stories, or memoirs, of family members.” Click HERE to go to it.
I think little kids would like for grandparents to tell them stories about when they were little too. That would also be a good activity!
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!