You are going to fall over in amazement at how brief I am today!
The reason is because tomorrow is GROUNDHOG DAY!!! (sorry - it's so hard to say that quietly! :)) and Phyllis and I will be having a special post, so since we're asking you to read and participate on an extra day, I'm trying not to talk too much today :) Maybe we'll take Monday off to give you a break. Feel free to vote in the comments :) (If you want to read about the contest so you can join in, go HERE.) (And if you want to participate but don't have a blog you can email me your photo and caption and I'll add it into my post for you! :))
Oh, but I just have one more thing - Today is the first official day of Making Picture Book Magic! Woo-hoo!!!
Okay. That's all. Really :)
Here's today's Perfect Picture Book.
Written By: Robert Kraus
Illustrated By: Jose Aruego
Simon & Schuster, 1970, Fiction
Suitable For: ages 3-7
Themes/Topics: new baby/new sibling, feeling unnoticed
Opening: "Whose mouse are you?"
"Where is your mother?"
"Inside the cat"
"Where is your father?"
"Caught in a trap."
Brief Synopsis: a young mouse (whom we may assume is feeling a little unimportant due to the impending arrival of a new sibling) transforms himself into a beloved family hero.
Links To Resources: activities for Whose Mouse Are You?, make your own Whose Mouse story, discussion for Whose Mouse
Why I Like This Book: So simple. So charming. So spot on. Hasn't every child, waiting for a new sibling, wondered about his importance? And what a delightful way to show the emotion - by transforming himself into a hero, bringing his family together in time to welcome the new baby. One of the reasons I love this book so much is because, from a writer's perspective, it is done so well. A meaningful story with emotional resonance is told in only 105 words!
For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.
So now, if you haven't made your Phyllis action figure, there's no time like the present :) You've still got plenty of time to gear up for the contest tomorrow!
PPBF bloggers, please leave your post-specific link on the list below so we can all come see what treasures you've selected for us this week!
Have a great weekend, everyone! And if I don't see you tomorrow, Happy Groundhog Day! :)
P.S. On our school visit yesterday, Phyllis was identified as a raccoon, a beaver, a hedgehog, and a BEAR before we finally got around to groundhog :) I'm hoping to have pictures at some point :) AND, the kids made her a new crown for her collection! Her only regret is that she can only wear one at a time :)