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 is National Poetry Month and this book has an awesome message!
by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater
Illustrated by Robbin Gourley
40 pages – ages 6 – 9
Published by Clarion Books on March 26, 2013
Theme/Topic – Poetry / Nature
Opening and Synopsis – Taken from the inside jacket –
“Take a walk in the forest. Have a chat with a chickadee, watch the fiddleheads unfurl, discover a fossil, hear what a young owl tells its mother before its first flight. Find out what the spring tree frog is really saying:
Please marry me…
Pick me now.
Make me your choice.
I’m one great frog
with one strong voice.
The forest is inviting you to come and visit.”
Why I liked this book –This is an awesome book! I love the art and the poems! This is indeed a “perfect picture book”! The message is great (and important) because it talks about getting kids out and enjoying nature, and really paying attention to it. I like that it is told from the girl character’s point of view. I like that the dog is practically always with the girl and that the girl is anonymous. This is a wonderful book. I think that kids and parents will
like love this book!
Activities and Resources –
The National Wildlife Federation has a “Great American Backyard Campout” every year. This year it is on Saturday June 23 (click HERE to learn about it). You can register for the event and invite friends to camp with you. The event is held every year to help kids and parents get outside and enjoy nature. Our family loves to go camping. Maybe yours would too – even if it is in your backyard!
Or you (or your child) can go outside and write a poem about what you see/hear/smell/feel/taste!
Here’s one I did. I just walked outside and wrote about what I saw!
Ripples turn the pond
into a wave-pool for bugs.
Have fun, small critters!
To learn more about Ms. Vanderwater, please visit her website HERE.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!