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Perfect Picture Book Friday! Give Me Back My Book! by Travis Foster and Ethan Long

29 Sep

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 fun book about sharing and teamwork.

Give Me Back My Book!
Co-Written and Co-Illustrated by Travis Foster and Ethan Long
56 pages – ages 4+

Published by Chronicle Books on September 5, 2017

Theme/Topic- Sharing/Teamwork/Reading
Genre- Fiction
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Hey, wait a second, Redd. That’s MY book.” “I beg your pardon, Bloo, but this book is mine.”

Synopsis from Publisher: “This book is full of wonderful WORDS and beautiful PICTURES! And it’s EXCITING! And it’s FUNNY! It might be the BEST BOOK EVER—if we could decide whose book it is. Redd and Bloo explore the way a book is made and accidentally build a friendship, too, in this tale told only in dialogue. Travis Foster and Ethan Long offer a hilarious story about the joy of reading, which brings people together in unexpected ways, proving that each book truly belongs to . . . the people who love it.”

What I Thought- This is a really great book! I really like how the two creatures are quite polite to each other (“I beg your pardon”), at least until it escalates of course. That really gives parents a chance to discuss correct and incorrect ways to settle a disagreement – a really nice touch! I enjoyed how the two characters eventually work together and forget about their squabbles. They don’t try to just solve the problem by revenge – they make a trade, skills which could also be pointed out by parents and teachers. The illustrations are bright and fun to look at. The text is simple for young readers. Long and Foster have created a wonderful picture book – one that is fun for kids, and one that can be used by parents. I really hope to see more from this duo!

Activities and Resources- There is a good list of team-building activities from Ventureteambuilding.co.uk HERE.

There is also some great reading/writing activities for different age groups from Readingrockets.org HERE.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Perfect Picture Book Friday! Me and My Big Mouse by Ethan Long

6 Feb

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 funny book with a great message.

meandmyMe and My Big Mouse
By Ethan Long
32 pages – ages 3+
Published by Two Lions on June 17, 2014

Theme/Topic- Friendship / Relationships

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening – “This is me, Michael. And this is my big mouse.

Synopsis – Michael likes his big mouse, Bo, but sometimes, Bo is a big problem. He hates to be left alone, so Bo follows Michael around. Everywhere. So, how can Michael get some free time without hurting his big mouse’s feelings?

Why I liked this book- Michael is a great kid, and he doesn’t want to hurt his friend’s feelings. Bo (the mouse) while nice, can get annoying sometimes and Michael needs a little time without Bo. I like that Bo means well, but he sometimes comes out as over-loving. This book teaches that while you can be friends with someone, sometimes you just need some alone time, too. And even though friends need some alone time, they can still be friends. The illustrations are eye-pleasing and make you laugh out loud. The book is a fun one that I think that kids will really like! I like how Bo is gigantic, not simply “big”.

Activities and Resources-

When I was researching activities for this book I found a bunch of articles saying how important it was for kids to learn its okay to play alone or to be able to play with different groups of friends.

HERE is an article from Parents.com about teaching toddlers to play alone.

I think a good activity would be to have kids try to have play dates with different kids and if one friend is a little too clingy try to have the friend over while other friends are there so the clingy friend can make more friends.

It’s nice in school when teachers pair up different kids to be partners. I know I got to talk to and get to know some kids in my class that way.

Want to learn more? Check out Ethan Long’s website HERE!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

 

 

 

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