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 unique take on the traditional “bully book”.
Bob The Artist
By Marion Deuchars
32 pages – ages 6+
Published by Laurence King Publishing on April 26, 2016
Theme/Topic- Bullies / Expressing Yourself
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “‘What a beautiful day for a walk on my FINE legs,’ said Bob.”
Publisher’s Synopsis: Bob the bird is just like all his friends, apart from his skinny legs. When Bob is teased, he decides to try to change himself to fit in. But little does he know where all his efforts will lead him…
What I Thought- This is a nice book with a neat take on a bullying problem – Bob has skinny legs and they make him self-conscious after hearing some of the things to other birds say.
After realizing he can’t change his legs, Bob tries a different approach to divert attention away from his legs. That’s a really smart plan, and it leads into discussions about expressing yourself. It’s a neat book, with an interesting shape, and sized paper – another testimony to expressing yourself.
The illustrations looked like they were done with a fountain pen (or a dip pen) – giving it a nice feeling as you read it. I really enjoyed this nontraditional bully-book!
Activities and Resources- I’ve found a few websites with lesson plans for teachers about their kids expressing themselves. One at The Teacher’s Lounge, another at Treasures, and one more at Education.com.
I think some art lessons could go along with the book too. Bob painted his beak in style of Matisse and Jackson Pollock. That could lead to a discussion of artwork from these artists.
You can see Henry Matisse’s artwork at www.henri-matisse.net
and Jackson Pollock art work at www.jackson-pollock.org
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