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 love the illustrations and I am a fan of mythology!
Clever Little Hermes
By Wes Sturdevant
Illustrated by Maza Vicanovic and Ozren Mizdalo
28 pages – ages 5+
Published by Story and Media, LLC on October 2, 2012
Theme/Topic – Mythology/ being responsible / math
Opening and Synopsis – Taken from the back cover –
“A fresh and fun retelling of the classic Greek myth about how a very young Hermes uses his wits (and some basic arithmetic) to pull a very clever prank on his older brother, Apollo.
Hermes soon realizes that pranks, no matter how clever, can have unexpected consequences, and he learns a lesson about taking responsibility for his behavior.”
Why I liked this book –First of all – I love this tale from mythology. It is one of my favorites, and I like that it has been re-told for a younger audience! I like that it teaches a bit of math (multiplication) using cows and the number of legs there are. The illustrations are beautiful and the characters are cute. The moral of the story, being responsible for your behavior, is very good and important for young people. 😀
Activities and Resources –
I tried to find a cow parts multiplication activity sheet and couldn’t so I asked for the help of my little sister Josie and we came up with our own. Josie did the artwork and I made the questions.
I really enjoy the red lipstick and pink earrings Josie added to the cow she drew. 😉 You can download the activity sheet as a pdf HERE.
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