I'm joining with the delightful Susanna Leonard Hill today, sharing a fun picture book I encountered this week for Perfect Picture Book Friday. Thanks, Susanna, for giving us a place to share our favorite picture books! (Check out her ever-expanding list of perfect picture books here - and check out what she, and several others, are adding to the list here at her blog)
Author: Jesse Klausmeier
Illustrator: Suzy Lee
Publisher: Chronicle Books, 2013 fiction
Age Range: 3-8
Theme/Topics: Colors, Book Making, Friendship
Beginning: "Open this Little Red Book, and read abut a Ladybug, who opens a..."
Synopsis: What will you find when you open this little book? A fun story? Sweet
characters? Enticing pictures? Yes! But much more. Open this book and
you will find...another book...and another...and another. Debut author
Jesse Klausmeier and master book creator Suzy Lee have combined their
creative visions to craft a seemingly simple book about colors for the
very youngest readers, an imaginative exploration of the art of book
making for more sophisticated aficionados, and a charming story of
friendship and the power of books for all.
Resources: Check out the teacher's guide for this book from Chronicle's website. Other ideas could include having the kids create their own book (out of construction paper) - and of course, talking about the different colors. Lots of room for imagination here.
Why I LOVE it: The design blew me away - ESPECIALLY when I learned it was written by a debut author (who I THOUGHT they didn't like to take risks on :D). I think kids will find that aspect fascinating as well (there are seven "books," each a bit smaller than the other, inside the main book proper.). Plus the story is super sweet with a touch of humor.
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