Category Archives: Picture Books

Ready Rabbit Gets Ready!

Ready Rabbit Gets Ready!”

Brenna Maloney brings her background with stuffed sock creations to her first children’s book, Ready Rabbit Gets Ready!Sewn out of a striped sock with inked facial expressions,Ready Rabbit needs to get ready for the day, and this bunny’s imagination is on the go. 

Before he completes a task, bunny needs to build a spaceship, 

save an incapacitated whale, 

and drive a stagecoach. 

Will Ready Rabbit ever get ready?

This story promotes creative components of originality and imagination.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it is a celebration of a child’s imagination. The character is original with his stuffed body and inked facial expressions. Humor abounds in this cute story that all children and caregivers can appreciate.

TITLE:Ready Rabbit Get Ready!

AUTHOR: Brenna Maloney

Photographs by: Chuck Kennedy

PUBLISHER: Viking, 2005

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): getting ready for the day, imagination

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make Feeling Puppets. Write a list of emotions. Pick five emotions. Color five paper plates yellow. Draw a different face on each plate that shows the five emotions. Tape a popsicle stick to the back of each plate. 

2) Pick one of your stuffed animals. How might you move your stuffie to show different feelings?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Brenna Maloney, visit:

https://www.brennamaloneydc.com/work-2

My Beautiful Birds

My Beautiful Birds”

In My Beautiful Birds, this story begins with the title page.

 Just look at this gorgeous title page.

In this evocative refugee story, Sami, his family, and neighbors are forced to escape their homes due to the bombings during the Syrian Civil War. Sami loves his beautiful pigeons and worries that they did not get out safely. After walking days and nights, they arrive at a refugee camp.

As his family settles into camp life, Sami does not. He cannot forget his birds and the life his family left behind. Until one day, four birds fly into camp and settle on Sami’s outstretched arms. 

Whena new refugee enters the camp, he welcomes her with his birds and as a new friend.

These dimensional illustrations transport readers into this world.

This story promotes creative components of originality and inspiration.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this story because it tackles a heartbreaking subject and transforms it into a beautiful story. It shows the endearing relationship between humans and animals that can inspire hope and love. Also, I am in awe of Suzanne Del Rizzo’s gorgeous illustrations.

TITLE:My Beautiful Birds

AUTHOR: Suzanne Del Rizzo

ILLUSTRATOR: Suzanne Del Rizzo

PUBLISHER: Pajama Press, 2017

AGE GROUP: 5-8

TOPIC(S): refugee camp, birds, relationships, hope

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, inspiration

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Study a feather. Notice all the details. Using clay and a toothpick, sculpt a feather as best as you can.

2) Think about ways that people turn a tragedy into something positive. In what ways might you help someone to feel more positive?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Suzanne Del Rizzo, visit:

http:// https://suzannedelrizzo.com/about-2/

New York Melody

New York Melody”

In New York Melody, written and illustrated by Hélène Druvert, a musical note goes on an adventurous spree through New York City.

The concert begins. One note flies around like kite and secretly floats away. 

Broadway is twinkling with a jazz club sound. The note rides on the rhythm of the instruments.

The music plays through night. At dawn, the note awakes to a guitar’s sweet tune in Central Park and follows a cyclist, who whistles the song through the streets of New York City. 

This story promotes creative components of imagination, wonder, and perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because the illustrations inspire my imagination to be the musical note and float along on its journey. I pretend to be the note and imagine what I would feel, see and hear. I imagine what it would be like to be a musical note in other cities and in small towns. 

TITLE:New York Melody

AUTHOR: HélèneDruvert

ILLUSTRATOR: HélèneDruvert

PUBLISHER: Thames & Huson, 2018

AGE GROUP: 5-7

TOPIC(S): music, New York City

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Hélène Druvert’s illustrative process uses lasers to cut her detailed paper illustrations.Read this interview and watch the brief video (enclosed in the interview). http://www.letstalkpicturebooks.com/2017/01/lets-talk-helene-druvert.html

Using Druvert’s work as inspiration, draw an image of your favorite animal in a favorite storybook setting and cut it out as an illustrative scene for that story.

2) Make a list of all the instruments you have heard being played. From your list, pick one instrument and imagine the note that it would play. Pretend you are that note and travel to another city. What would you hear? What would you do?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Hélène Druvert, visit:

http://helenedruvert.net