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Hurray! It's Friday! Not only is the weekend nearly here, but it's time for Perfect Picture Books :) Today's story was a birthday gift which became a favorite:
Written By: Amy MacDonald
Illustrated By: Sarah Fox-Davies
Puffin, September 1998 (Original printing Putnam, 1990)
Suitable For: ages 4-8
Themes/Topics: Friendship, Loneliness, Animals, Echoes
Opening And Brief Synopsis: Little Beaver lived all alone by the edge of a big pond. He didn't have any brothers. He didn't have any sisters. Worst of all, he didn't have any friends. Little Beaver cries out in his loneliness and hears that someone across the pond is lonely too. His kind heart doesn't want anyone to be sad, so he sets out to find this other lonely creature and solve both their problems.
Links To Resources: Little Beaver Activities Little Beaver will fit nicely into discussions of friendship, the natural world, animals, understanding echoes.
Why I Like This Book: Little Beaver And The Echo is a simple, sweet story about friendship. The story line is quiet. The illustrations are warm and engaging. To me, this is everything a picture book should be - pleasant, comforting, entertaining, and beautiful. It interests me that School Library Journal panned this book when it came out. They called it didactic, neither realistic nor convincing, confusing, flat, precious, and predictable. Ouch! And yet this book has been successfully in print for over 20 years, and is a story my children asked for again and again that I was happy to read. It just goes to show different people react to books in different ways!
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I'd be interested, if any of you have read Little Beaver, to know what your take on it is!
Now I'm off to read everyone else's Perfect Picture Book. In only 4 weeks I have come to look forward to Fridays to see what books people choose. I am finding out about so many wonderful books. I hope you're all enjoying Perfect Picture Books, too, and finding lots of material to read to your kids, use in your classrooms, study your writing craft, or all of the above! Don't forget to add your link to the list below if you've posted a Perfect Picture Book! (And readers, the links to all the books are below the Holiday Contest!)
While you're enjoying your weekend, don't forget about the Holiday Contest - only one week away! Here's a refresher in case you haven't seen it:
Write your own version of Clement C. Moore's traditional poem, 'Twas The Night Before Christmas! Entries must be at least 12 lines/3 stanzas, not to exceed 40 lines/10 stanzas (although I realize the original is 56 lines/14 stanzas, but I'll have to read them all during the week before Christmas :)) Entries may refer to any winter holiday you celebrate (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc.) or to any combination of winter holidays, or no holiday - just a good winter-time story if you're not comfortable with a holiday. I chose a rhyming challenge because so many people seem keen on it, but if the idea of rhyme strikes fear and loathing into your heart, you may write a prose version not to exceed 350 words :)
Entries must be posted on your blogs, or copied and pasted into the comments on my blog between Monday December 19 and Thursday December 22.
3 finalists will be chosen for you to vote on Monday December 26. The winner will receive their choice of a $15 Amazon gift card (to buy themselves whatever book they really wanted and didn't get as a holiday gift :)) or the 2012 Children's Writers and Illustrators Market!
Have a great weekend, everyone! :)