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 sweet book about a mother’s love.
Silly Wonderful You
Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Illustrated by Patrick McDonnell
40 pages – ages 4+
Published by Balzer + Bray on January 5, 2016
Genre- Realistic Fiction
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “I never imagined, before you came along…that our house could get this messy and LOUD!“
Synopsis from publisher: “Before YOU came along, so many things were different! But now there’s a giggly baby, a house full of adventures and toys, a million little surprises. . . . And so much love.”
What I Thought- This is a really sweet book, with gentle humor. You can obviously see the love the mother has for her daughter, even if she is saying that her kid can behave a little badly sometimes. The illustrations are simple, but they are perfect for the book. The words are also perfect, bouncing around the page, acting like an energized toddler, engaging the reader. Just to mention, I also thought it neat that the art was done by the creator of the MUTTS comic strip. Ms. Rinker has written a great story to encourage discussions between parents and their children. The story is perfect for a bedtime book.
Activities and Resources- Momentsaday.com has great activities to teach about love HERE.
Naturalparentsnetwork.com has a great list of things to do with your kids before bedtime HERE.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!