Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday (PPBF). It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. Sadly, PPBF is going on summer vacation after today, but it will be back in the fall. 😀 I chose this book because, since it is the last PPBF until fall, I wanted to get a special one. I asked my librarian, Lydia Kegler, from the Columbia County Traveling Library for the picture book that she thought was perfect, and she picked out this week’s book! 😀
By Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest
Illustrated by Katy Schneider
40 pages – ages 5+
Published by HarperCollins; Reprint edition on February 23, 2010
Theme/Topic – Poetry / animals
Opening and Synopsis – from the inside jacket –
“It’s a dog’s life. Filled with squeaky toys, mischief, and plenty of naps. Every dog has a tail to wag and a tale to tell. Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest asked this collection of canines to speak up with their own words, barks, and yips.”
Why I liked this book – I love the idea of poetry being told from a dog’s point of view! I really like the illustrations. They are so realistic and they really capture the feeling of the dogs. Just look at the cover. The little pug looks so guilty! 🙂 The poems have unique fonts that go with the feel of the poem,
which really adds to the look of the whole book. I like how each dog thinks. This is a PERFECT book for poetry fans and dog-lovers!
Activities and Resources – Write a poem from YOUR pet’s point of view, no matter what they are, dog, cat, groundhog – anything!
Here’s an example I made up:
Get released into bathroom.
Check out shower-with-forcefield.
Ricochet off the wall and land on my four legs.
Scurry up my owner.
Run! Jump! Hop!
Okay, technically Smokey is Josie’s pet, but he’s really cute and I often wonder what he thinks. 😉
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!