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Perfect Picture Book Friday! Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes by Kimberly and James Dean

16 Jun

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 nice story about forgiving others!

Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes
By Kimberly and James Dean
40 pages – ages 3+
Will be Published by Chronicle Books on May 9, 2017

Theme/Topic- Forgiving
Genre- Fiction
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Pete and Gus were as busy as could be. They were getting ready for the cupcake party. It started at three!”

Synopsis from Publisher: “Pete makes the best cupcakes!

Join Pete the Cat in a brand-new story and help him and his friends find the missing cupcakes! Pete the Cat and his friends are busy as can be baking cupcakes for a cupcake party, and Pete can’t wait to perform with his groovy band. But some of the cupcakes have gone missing. Who could have taken them? In this latest Pete the Cat picture book adventure, by New York Times bestselling authors James and Kimberly Dean, Pete and the gang solve the mystery of the missing cupcakes and learn that it’s cool to be kind.”

What I Thought- The Pete the Cat books are always top-notch, introducing great themes while having a great story and a groovy rhyme!  The Deans work well together, having created a nice book that talks about how you should always give others a second chance. The illustrations are the trademark groovy images that are always present in the Pete the Cat books, full of bright colors and funky patterns. I like that even though the cupcake thief is guilty, and knew not to eat the cupcakes, the other characters were a bit mad/upset, but then realized to give the thief another chance. It’s a great message, and it’s nice that the cupcake thief feels and looks happy after being forgiven. This is a really great series, and I cannot wait to see what else the Deans come up with!

Activities and Resources- Carmelmountainpreschool.com has a cute Pete The Cat cupcake craft HERE!

There are some cool cupcake coloring sheets at the Pete The Cat website – click HERE!

Check out the book’s trailer!

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

Perfect Picture Book Friday! Halloween Picks!

25 Oct

I know, it’s Sunday. I’m late. I’m busy. But HEY! – better late than never right? Here’s some Halloween Picks and my SPOOKTACULAR a perfect picture book pick.

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 these books because it is almost Halloween – I love the illustrations and  this story is very sweet.

otterhalloweenOtter Loves Halloween!
By Sam Garton
32 pages – ages 5+
Published by Balzer + Bray on July 21st, 2015

Theme/Topic- Halloween

Genre- Realistic Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Halloween is the best holiday ever! Teddy and I had been waiting a very long time for Halloween. There were lots of things we had to do to get ready.

Synopsis: From Goodreads; “Hi! I am Otter.

Halloween is the best holiday ever! It is also a very busy time for me and Teddy: We have to pick pumpkins, decorate the house, and make scary costumes. With so much to do, it’s a good thing I’m a Halloween expert!”

Why I liked this book- Otter is really cute. That is my main reason for picking this up. I was also really happy to read this great story. Otter is an awesome character, that has many qualities of a young child. The book has great illustrations that have a cartoony / whimsical feel, with bits of humor laced into them.

Activities and Resources- Make your own Halloween costumes and decorations! Be creative – can you reuse anything around the house in new ways? Can you recycle and combine old Halloween costumes to make a new one?

Facing Halloween fears: talk about facing large crowds, and what to do when you feel overwhelmed (Otter is scared of the trick-or-treaters when they come). Make sure children are ready for scary costumes or images. Host a kid-friendly Halloween party having the kids dress up like their favorite storybook character.

Check out the book’s trailer!

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

Here are some more great Halloween picks!

petepumpkinsPete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins
By James Dean
32 pages – ages 6+
Published by HarperCollins on July 21st, 2015

Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Five little pumpkins

sitting on a gate.

Synopsis: From Goodreads; “Pete the Cat takes on the classic favorite children’s song “Five Little Pumpkins” in New York Times bestselling author James Dean’s Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins. Join Pete as he rocks out to this cool adaptation of the classic Halloween song!”

Why I liked this book- This is a fun Pete the Cat book! Kids will love to sing along to this, and grooving along with Pete! The illustrations will have kids smiling a mile wide, and then some. The Pete the Cat books are a fun mix of songs and writing. You can’t go wrong with a Pete the Cat book!

clarkdarkClark the Shark: Afraid of the Dark
Written by Bruce Hale
Illustrated by Guy Francis

32 pages – ages 6+
Published by HarperCollins on September 8th, 2015

Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Clark the Shark looked over his list.

Synopsis: From Goodreads; “Clark the Shark is ready for his first big sleepover! He’s nervous about sleeping outside without his glow-fish night-light, but he doesn’t want anyone to know he’s just a teeny-tiny bit afraid of the dark. So Clark makes up a rhyme to help him stay cool: “Take heart, be smart, sharks aren’t afraid of the dark.”

But when the sun sets and his friends begin telling spooky stories, Clark’s voice sounds quiet and small and not brave at all. In this empowering tale about conquering nighttime fears, Clark the Shark learns how friendship can help light the way through the dark.

Why I liked this book- I really like the Clark the Shark series. Mr. Hale does a good job of describing the average young elementary school student’s life in the books. Clark is a very realistic character. I really like the humor in the illustrations (the game “Whirlpool” instead of “Twister”). In this book Clark has o deal with his fear of the dark. While this isn’t a Halloween book, it does deal with a subject little kids have to face on Halloween and I think it would be helpful to get kids to talk about their fears.

peekabooPeek-a BOO!
By Nina Laden
22 pages – ages 3+
Published by Chronicle Books on August 18th 2015

Opening and Synopsis- Opening[over two pages]: “Peek-a

BREW!

Synopsis: From Goodreads; “In this third title in Nina Laden’s Peek-a series, the classic game of peekaboo becomes spookily fun! Colorful pictures and lively, rhyming text—featuring bats, jack-o’-lanterns, and ghosts galore—help children predict what is peeking through die-cut windows. Read the clue…guess the rhyme…giggle wildly…and repeat!

Why I liked this book- I like the inter-activeness of this board book. There are little peep-holes to look through and guess what is on the other side. I love the word play on Peek a Boo and how it is adapted to a Halloween theme. Take a look at the illustration sequence below. It’s really quite fun to read aloud. Young kids will love this book!

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Perfect Picture Book Friday!

8 May

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 really shows the appreciation for what parents do for you and Sunday is Mother’s Day. Plus, I love Pete the Cat. 🙂

petecatPete the Cat: Rock On Mom and Dad!
By James Dean

4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Series: Pete the Cat
  24 pages – ages 4+
Published by HarperFestival on March 10, 2015

Theme/Topic- Appreciation/Mothers’ Day/Fathers’ Day

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening“It’s Monday morning, and Pete the Cat is late for school. His alarm didn’t go off.

Synopsis – from the publisher “Mom and Dad do so much for Pete that he wants to thank them with a special surprise. But what can Pete do that will show Mom and Dad how much he loves them? In this groovy story, Pete learns that the best way to say thank you is to mean it. Young readers will love watching Pete surprise Mom and Dad with something totally awesome.”

Why I picked this book- This is a very sweet book about how you can make a great gift  for your parents by just doing what you do best. Pete the Cat is a great role model for young kids. He looks at life with a positive attitude. I like how, while Pete is thinking of what he can do, the picture shows his idea, which is good in thought, but it usually ends in trouble (mowing the grass = accidentally mowing a flowerbed). It made me chuckle! This is a marvelous book! Tho book comes with a poster, little cards for your parents and stickers too!

Activities and Resources- 

Celebrate Mother’s Day! 🙂 Happy early Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! 🙂

Ask kids what is it that THEY do best? Try to figure out how they can use what they do best to make a present for their parent.

Have your kid do something nice for someone who does things for them all the time – just like Pete the Cat, it is good o realize how much some people do for you. 🙂

 

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

 Here are some other great Mothers’ Day books! 

stellaStella Brings the Family
By Miriam B. Schiffer
Illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown

36 pages- ages 5+
Published by Chronicle Books on May 5, 2015

What I Thought- This is a cute book that, in a simple way, explains that Stella had two dads and she wants to celebrate Mothers’ Day. I like how the book mentions that another kid has two moms. It shows how families can be very different, but they are all families that love each other. This is a nice, diverse, children’s book.

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mothersdayPinkalicious: Mother’s Day Surprise
By Victoria Kann

Series: Pinkalicious
24 pages – ages 4+
Published by HarperFestival on March 10, 2015

What I Thought- I like how Pinkalicious has good intentions, and how a problem always arises. Ms. Kann has written another great book with a great ending. The illustrations are cute, and collagey. 🙂 This is a really great picture book that captures daily life!

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