Yippee! It's Perfect Picture Book Friday! And I have such a good one!
Hop into your time capsules, because we're going back to my childhood today... and we all know how long ago THAT was! :)
This was one of my most favorite books when I was little. I remember the characters, the pictures, and the stories so clearly! - but the book itself got lost somewhere (or more likely my brother has it and isn't sharing :)) Anyway, I'd been thinking about it for some time, and when I looked on Amazon, I found a used copy. It's not in great condition, but it's exactly as I remember it :) I hope you'll be able to find it in your libraries and that you'll get a chance to read it. They don't make 'em like this any more! :)
Written & Illustrated By: Richard Scarry
Doubleday & Company, 1960, Fiction
Suitable For Ages: 3-8
Themes/Topics: friendship, helping others, adventure, problem solving, books for boys
Opening: "Two close friends - Tinker, a brown rabbit and a very good mechanic, and Tanker, a big strong hippopotamus - were out in their car looking for work and for a place to live."
Brief Synopsis: Tinker and Tanker are two good friends who help people in need wherever they go. This book actually contains three stories: Tinker And Tanker, Tinker And Tanker Out West, and Tinker And Tanker And Their Space Ship.
Links To Resources: HERE you can make your own hot air balloon; I couldn't find Richard Scarry exactly, but HERE are some farm animal finger puppets to make; Tinker and Tanker love to try new things and they always turn into adventures - think up an adventure you could have, play dress up, and act it out.
Why I Like This Book: The things I loved as a little girl are the same things I still love. I love the friendship between Tinker and Tanker. I love their arrival in a friendly town, and how they fix up the empty broken down repair shop behind the train station to be their workshop. I love the (let's face it!) wackiness of their adventures - Tanker lifts a train, Tinker disguises himself as a papoose
|Can you imagine this in a PB today?
That's Tinker, disguised as baby Gloria, holding the gun!
The past couple weeks have been a bit crazy with college revisits and life in general, and I have not had time to get around to all the PPBF posts the way I like to. I apologize for that, and hope that I'll be able to do better today! :) PPBF bloggers, please leave your post-specific links on the list below and I'll try! I'll really try! :)
Have a great weekend, everyone! :)