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’s a really profound story.
I Am A Story
By Dan Yaccarino
40 pages – ages 4+
Published by HarperCollins on Sept. 6 2016
Theme/Topic- The history of storytelling? It’s a bit hard to narrow down.
Genre- Fiction? Nonfiction?
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “I am a story. I was told along a campfire, then painted on cave walls.“
Synopsis from Publisher: “Internationally acclaimed author-illustrator Dan Yaccarino presents a powerful picture book that celebrates storytelling—from the past to the present and beyond.
From cave drawings to the invention of the printing press to our digital age, discover how a story has been told in many different ways from the past to today. It’s always been around, making us happy, sad, excited, or scared and bringing people together. With simple text and delightful illustrations, Dan Yaccarino reminds us of the power of story.”
What I Thought- I really like how this book recaps the history of storytelling in a simplified manner, taking you all the way from oral storytelling, through writing, printing, electronically, and then back to oral storytelling in a nice circular ending. The book has minimal text, making it a nice read-aloud for younger kids. Mr. Yaccarino’s illustrations are both detailed and simple, and kids will like looking at them. I mean, just take a look for your self!:
Isn’t that great? I like how there is a detail that is shared with all of the pictures as they go throughout the timeline. This book is a nice transition into a topic on writing stories, or printing books as well. I really like how Mr. Yaccarino has found a way of writing a great book that takes your breath away as you read it and look at the illustrations.
Activities and Resources- Storyarts.org has a great list of activities for school kids that involve speaking/storytelling HERE.
Mensaforkids.org has tips on storytelling (good for kids and adults!) HERE!
Check out the trailer!
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!