While my hubby was out of town for 10 days – in the Dominican Republic on a mission trip – I spent a couple hours at the library, children’s section of course, and checked out a stack of PBs to read and review. (Don’t tell him, but I didn’t miss him the whole time I was at the library….I guess I should have spent more time there – because I did miss him a whole bunch otherwise.)
So off the top of the stack – this was my first favorite…you’ll see the others in coming weeks…
Author/Illustrator: Leonid Gore
Publisher: Scholastic Press, 2010
Audience Age: 2 – 8
Themes/Topics: Books, Reading, Imagination
Opening Sentences: ”One sunny day, a rabbit saw something wonderful while hopping about in the forest. ’What is this?’ he asked. ’It will make a cozy little house for me!’”
Synopsis: A variety of forest animals discover a ‘thing’ in their midst. Is it a bed, a house, a table, maybe a hat? No one is quite sure until a little boy comes along and reads from the ‘thing.’
Why I like it: Of course, the picture on the cover caught my eye. Who could resist a silly bear with a book on his head? And out of the whole stack of books I brought home – this was the one my 4 yr old grandchild wanted first, because of the cover. The story is delightfully simple, but imagination is the key. Having never encountered a book before the forest animals have to imagine what it can be used for. There is a rabbit, a bear, a fox, mice, and a worm that all discover different, humorous purposes for the book. When the little boy comes along all the animals cuddle up for a sweet read. My grandgirls laughed and thought the animals were pretty silly. After the story, they tried a couple books out as a hat, like the bear. This may be a story for a younger audience, but the ending will encourage them to think about how they might tell their own story. Leonid Gore’s illustrations are wonderful. They are watercolor on heavily textured paper and almost have the feel of a collage. (there is also a sweet little kitten on the book jacket you won’t want to miss).
Activities/Resources: Click here to learn how to use this book to discuss proper book care and use and for some fun activities too, Also have fun making and writing your own story about the forest friends by clicking here.
(Susanna Leonard Hill is the originator of PPBF and you can find all the other PPB recommendations and links on her blog. Also remember, Susanna is offering an online writing course- Click here for more info.)
Blessings on your day and enjoy the book!!