Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, Everyone!
You will probably be able to tell instantly by my selection and suggested activities that I am dreaming of spring on this sub-zero day! This book is so fun - I hope you'll enjoy it!
Written & Illustrated By: Julia Sarcone-Roach
Knopf Books For Young Readers, January 2015, Fiction
Suitable For Ages: 3-7
Themes/Topics: humor, mischief, story-telling/tall tale, journey, unreliable narrator
Opening: "By now I think you know what happened to your sandwich. But you may not know how it happened. So let me tell you. It all started with the bear."
Brief Synopsis: A bear in search of breakfast falls asleep in the back of a berry truck and ends up in the city. After exploring his surroundings, he ends up in the park... near an unattended sandwich. "Your beautiful and delicious sandwich. All alone." After the sandwich, it's back to the familiar forest for bear. But the story has a twist at the end that's as delicious as the sandwich!
Links To Resources: Facts About Bears; Fun Sandwich Recipes For Kids; 50+ Fun Kids' Picnic Ideas; the narrator in this story is completely unreliable - try making up stories of your own with an unreliable narrator who doesn't give himself away until the very end!
Why I Like This Book: Such a fun story! The bear is so sweet and funny and sympathetic, going along just doing what bears do - eating, sleeping, exploring. Meanwhile, something entirely different is going on. The narrator is just leading you down the primrose path, casual as you please, and it's not until the very end you realize you can't believe a word he says! :) You will have to read the story to find out what REALLY happened to the sandwich :) The art is gorgeous - lush and colorful and filled with fun details... and a clue :)
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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! And if you live anywhere near me, stay warm! :)