Author: Cathleen Daly
Illustrator: Stephen Michael King
Publisher: Roaring Book Press, 2011, fiction
Age Range: 4-7
Theme/Topics:pets, persistence, imagination, creativity
First Spread: Prudence wants a pet.
Synopsis (from inside book jacket): Prudence wants a pet. Desperately.
“No,” says Mom, “pets make noise.”
Resources: Have the kids talk about pets they have, or that they want to have. Make a graph for a visual representation. When have they wanted something very badly? What was it? Did they get it?
Why I LOVE it: The dry humor. The fabulous blending/balance of words and illustrations. Prudence's creativity and imagination. The voice. The story arc. The PERFECT ending. The depth (which you don't necessarily see unless you study it for a week like we did - but it was SO worth it!). I LOVE PRUDENCE.
Hope you'll give this book a look - and check out the OTHER perfect picture books for today at Susanna's blog - and Susanna's ever-growing list of wonderful picture books.
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