Before I get to Perfect Picure Book Friday, I want to tell you that I am a guest poet today over at No Water River, Reneè LaTulippe’s AWESOME blog! If you get a chance, please go check it out (click HERE).
Now on to PPBF!
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 when I was looking for a Valentine’s Day book in the library, I found this one and thought it was a very unique Valentine’s Day story.
By Carol Carrick
Illustrated by Paddy Bouma
40 pages – ages 5+
Published by Sandpiper on January 21, 2001
Theme/Topic – Valentine’s Day – working parents
Opening and Synopsis –
“It was still dark when Mama put on her coat and hugged Heather good-bye. Mama worked in an office.
Heather held on extra tight to her mother. “Don’t go,” she said. “It’s Valentine’s Day.”
Heather is sad to see Mama leave for work on Valentine’s Day. Grandma tries to get “such a sad face on this special day” to turn around by making Valentine cookies shaped like the animals on Grandma’s farm, a sheep, some chickens, and some cats – and a special heart cookie for Mama’s Valentine. While the cookies bake, Grandma and Heather check on the pregnant sheep Clover – to find that she’s given birth to two lambs! Heather bends down to see through the fence. She sees a shocking sight! Apparently there are THREE lambs, but one was on the ground, barely alive! Heather soon forgets about her sadness and thinks about helping the little lamb she calls Valentine.
Why I liked this book – First off, this has got to be one of the cutest Valentine’s books ever! The illustrations are warm, and inviting! I like the untold words in the pictures. Like when Grandma is putting the second batch of cookies in, Heather is smiling and pointing at the heart cookie for Mama. I like what Grandma and Heather do to try to save the lamb. Heather is frequently worried if the lamb is alive. One of my favorite lines from that time is “Grandma, I don’t want the lamb to die”. It is so touching and pretty much sums up the feelings of someone afraid of losing someone. I like the happy ending!
Activities and Resources –
Make Valentine’s Day cookies!
Here’s the recipe my mom uses (or you can get the refrigerated kind in the store).
1 1/2 cups of confectioners sugar
1 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
Mix butter and sugar. Add eggs and extracts. Mix it up. Add everything else and mix. Put it in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Roll it out and cut it. If you have heart-shaped cookie cutters that is great but we just use something round to cut them out (like a glass turned upside down). Then just add sprinkles or candy hearts! Bake at 375º for 7 minutes, AND VOILÀ! COOKIES!
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!
NOW FOR A BONUS VALENTINE’S DAY BOOK!
Josie and I were given this Valentine’s book as a present and we liked it so much I wanted to review it. 😀
By Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton
Illustrated by Christine Davenier
32 pages – ages 4+
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on January 1, 2013
Gerry is very excited – Valentine’s Day is coming (which is a Fairy Princess’ favorite day of the year)! She works her hardest to make the best, sparkliest (is that a word?), Valentines ever for her classmates. She puts her perfect hand-made Valentines in one of her Daddy’s green work folders to keep them safe. But when she gets to school, there is a BIG problem. The folders got switched and her very perfect Valentines are at work with Daddy (how UN-sparkly)! Gerry thinks fast and solves her problem in a very fairy princess way!
This is a VERY cute book! I like the sparkles that are with Gerry. They are VERY cool (in a Fairy Princess sort of way 😉 ). I like the illustrations they are VERY well drawn! Gerry is a great character (even with me being a boy, I don’t mind all the sparkle and my sister LOVES all the sparkle)! Gerry is VERY kind, VERY sweet, VERY caring, and VERY VERY creative! I think this is a great Valentine’s Day book that kids will love!
Visit the official Very Fairy Princess website by clicking HERE.
Beth Stilborn of the By Word of Beth blog already nominated this next book as a Perfect Picture Book,so that’s why I am not. To read Ms. Stilborn’s PPB review of this book, click HERE!