Thought I would participate in Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday again this week. Read this one a week or so ago, and it totally enchanted me (and taught me something too!). Check out more perfect picture books here - and this week's new ones on Susanna's blog.
Author/Illustrator: Anna Dewdney
Publisher: Viking Juvenile, 2010, Fiction
Age Range: 3-5 years
Theme/Topics: fears, endangered species, animals
Roly Poly, very small,
doesn't like new things at all.
Synopsis: Meet Roly Poly Pangolin: a little pangolin who'd rather stick close to
his mama instead of facing anything unfamiliar. Whether it's a line of
ants, a friendly monkey, or a loud noise, Roly Poly runs the other way.
Then he hears something that really scares him. So he does what all
pangolins do when they're frightened: he rolls up into a tiny ball. But
Roly Poly is surprised when he finally peeks out, because another ball
is peeking back . . . it's a small pangolin just like him!
Resources: Here is some info from the author/illustrator on pangolins (an ADORABLE endangered animal), including links, pictures, and facts.
Why I love it: The story is absolutely POSITIVELY precious, with gentle, catchy rhymes and delightful meter. The message about fear is so important and sweetly shared. And this creature, that I had NEVER heard of before, is precious, and the illustrations capture it so sweetly. I have fallen in LOVE with Roly Poly. Such a cutie! Those facial expressions are extremely endearing.
Hope you'll give this book a look - and check out the OTHER perfect picture books for today at Susanna's blog.
My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1