I didn't manage to finish even half the work I hoped to get done, but I did get to go on a particularly wonderful school visit. Look at the lovely displays they made to welcome me:
So bright and cheery, aren't they? And lots and lots of my favorite characters :)
I was hoping to have a picture with the kids in it, but I didn't get it in time. Trust me - they were terrific, and super cute too :)
But now, it is time for a Perfect Picture Book! This is such a fun one! If you haven't had a chance to see it, trot right over to the library. It will make you laugh :)
Written By: Richard T. Morris
Illustrated By: Tom Lichtenheld
Little Brown & Company, May 2014, Fiction
Suitable For Ages: 3-8
Themes/Topics: being yourself, imagination, perseverance
Opening: "This is the Mighty Moose. His father is a moose. His mother is a moose. This moose wants to be an astronaut. CUT!"
Brief Synopsis: Billy Waddler is making a film. A film about a moose. At least, it's supposed to be about a moose. But this moose simply will not conform to Billy's idea of what a moose should be. In fact, no one in this book is behaving the way they're supposed to. What's a filmmaker to do?
Links To Resources: Fun facts about moose; Classroom activities about moose, including a hands-and-feet moose poster and a make-your-own moose with moving parts; Moose coloring pages; Moose maze (there are other animal mazes, too); read and compare with Morris The Moose Goes To School by Bernard Wiseman; ask your kids or students what they want to be when they grow up.
Why I Like This Book: This book is colorful, engaging, and funny. The filmmaker is single-minded in his mission, and the other characters consistently frustrate him with their non-conformity, resulting in some great comedy :) The story is about characters who refuse to be pigeon-holed into stereotypical roles, and it carries the messages that you should be yourself no matter what, and that no one person's vision is more important than another's. The art is fabulous and includes many fun details that kids will enjoy exploring. I dare you not to love this book :)
For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.
PPBF bloggers, please leave your post-specific links in the list below so we can all come visit you and see what delights you chose this week!
Have a GREAT Memorial Day weekend, everyone, and enjoy the day off Monday while we celebrate and give thanks for the brave men and women who gave the last full measure of devotion for their country. Although summer won't really begin for another month, Memorial Day always seems like the moment it arrives, so happy summer, everyone! :)