It's Perfect Picture Book Friday!
For the last however-many weeks, I've been surrounded by white. Snowy, icy, slip-slidey weather. (My blogging fingers have been as frozen as my driveway. I know.)
Beautiful as it is to see the sun shining on fresh blankets of snow and through the arm-sized icicles hanging from the eaves trough of my Wisconsin home today, I'd sure like to see some green right about now.
Therefore I give you today's Perfect Picture Book:
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Author: Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Illustrator: Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Publisher: Neal Porter Books (Roaring Brook Press), 2012
Themes/Topics: Environment, Color, Rhyme
Opening Page: Forest Green
Synopsis: It's really an explanation of the many shades and kinds of green—literal and figurative. The book is less than 50 words, but comes full circle with a storybook ending.
Mix shades of yellow, blue, black, white paint to make many shades of green (see link above)
Make a list of other things that are green
Make a list of ways to be "green"
Make a similar style poem/book, but using a different color
Why I chose this book: Well, not only did it earn a Caldecott Honor, but it's just one of those simple books that is so well done, you have to read it again and again. The paintings are stunning and my children say, "Wait! Don't turn the page yet!" which is exactly opposite of some books, where they're in a hurry to reach the end. It's a book that can be read to a two-year-old but a seven-year-old will still love it. That's not easy to accomplish. Plus, it's just a gosh-darn beautiful book. My favorite: "wacky green!"
Comments welcomed! If you're not familiar with PPBF, check out Susanna Leonard Hill's amazing resource here.