I'm so excited it's Friday because I have the best book to share with you today!
It's one of those "man-I-wish-I'd-thought-of-that!!!" books :)
Are you ready?
Written & Illustrated By: Christie Matheson
Greenwillow Books, August 2013, Fiction
Suitable For Ages: 4-8 (according to pub. - I think kids as young as 3 would love it.)
Themes/Topics: following directions/listening, magic, seasons, nature
Opening: "There's magic in this bare brown tree. Tap it once. Turn the page to see."
Brief Synopsis: The seasons change as if by magic, all at the reader's touch! From spring, to summer, to autumn and winter, with a lovely little surprise at the end :)
Links To Resources: Classroom activities, draw pictures of different kinds of trees - apple trees, pine trees, what else can you think of and how can you make them look different from each other? Talk about what trees wear in different seasons (and how some trees (deciduous) lose all their "clothes" and others (conifers) don't) and compare to what you wear in different seasons. Project Plant It: Trees For Kids And Their Communities.
Why I Like This Book: Who needs an app for interactivity? This book has it all. Tap the tree to make the leaves come out. Rub the tree to make it warm so it blossoms. Jiggle the tree and wiggle your fingers to make a rain of petals. Brush the petals away and blow the tree a kiss to make apples form. The reader is in charge and gets to do all the activities. So clever and fun!
For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.
I hope everyone is hard at work on their Halloweensie Contest entries and that you're all doing better than I am (since I haven't yet had time to start!) It's so exciting! I can't wait to read what everyone comes up with.
Oh, and that reminds me, I think we're going to skip PPBF on Friday November 1 because all the Halloweensie Contest entries will be up (hopefully... assuming anyone actually enters...I'm feeling a little anxious on that score...!) and I want everyone to have time to read them. I apologize if that's too last minute a change for anyone's schedule. I just got to thinking that since we'll be in the middle of the contest it would be nice to leave the link list up over the weekend so people who might not have gotten a chance to read yet can do so easily. Feel free to voice your opinion on this in the comments. I'm willing to negotiate if anyone feels strongly :)
Have a great weekend, everyone! And PPBF bloggers, please leave your post-specific link in the list below so we can all come visit you :)