It’s PERFECT PICTURE BOOK
So – I know I am VERY late in publishing this, but I had an unexpected trip to Washington DC pop up. I was invited to cover the USA Science and Engineering Festival for Scholastic News (I am a Scholastic News Kid Reporter) and it was an opportunity I wanted to do. With a little convincing that had to be done for my mom, I got to take that invitation! I will link up to the article when it is published. It was a great event but I was out of town for a couple days and fell behind on my blog. I really wanted to get this PPBF book out there because it’s been on my list for a while and I really was impressed with this book and the story behind it.
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 a good book to breach the topic of losing a loved person in one’s life.
By Lee Harper
pages – ages 5+
Published by on
Theme/Topic- Death / Losing a friend / Losing a loved one
Genre- Realistic Fiction
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “It’s Saturday!!
I hop on my bike and go for a ride.”
Synopsis: From the author- “Author’s Note: COYOTE is based on the real events of the morning I learned of my brother Chase’s unexpected death — a morning when I actually saw and rode with a coyote — then returned home to learn that Chase was gone. Retold through the eyes of a child, COYOTE is a gentle and lyrical picture book dealing with the subject of loss. It is my hope that COYOTE will help children talk about loss and to show how art can be used to help heal the hurt of losing someone you love. In Chase’s memory, my wife Krista and I will donate our share of the proceeds to help the children of Sandy Hook. ~Lee Harper”
What I Thought- This was a simple book with a lot behind the words. The book itself is just about the boy and his bike ride with the coyote, which he never sees again. Enter the symbolism. The book was written as a tribute after the sudden passing of Mr. Harper’s brother. The book shows Mr. Harper’s love for his brother, and his shock at no longer being able to see him. I saw Mr. Harper at a book-festival, and asked why the book was self-published, instead of by a traditional publisher – he said that he didn’t want an editor to try to rewrite the book because it was just the tribute he wanted for his brother. That really touched me. The book is illustrated in gorgeous water-colors, adding a little bit of surreal-ness to the book. I think that this book will be a necessary read for children who have lost a loved one.
Activities and Resources- Here is a good PDF Teacher’s Guide from Scholastic for kids dealing with the loss of a loved one.
Here is another link to a good post with a teacher’s guide on dealing with grief.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!