Here's this week's fabulous pick for Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday
Author: Rachel Burk
Illustrator: Julie Dowling
Publisher: Creston Books, 2014, fiction
Age Range: 3-8 years
Theme/Topics: bedtime, rhyme, story within a story
First Page: "How about a bedtime story?" Mama asked.
Sami shook her head. "I don't want to go to bed. I'm not tired yet."
"All right," said Mama. "Why don't you pick out a book to read later?"
Synopsis (from Amazon): Like most children, Sami puts off going to bed for as long as possible.
But reading a story about Little Bear's bedtime ritual inspires Sammy,
just as the young reader will be inspired by this soothing story and
clever book-within-a-book concept. A bedtime book that both parent and
child will relish reading one more time, Don't Turn the Page! features a surprise ending that reinforces the sense that it's bedtime for everyone.
Resources:Rachelle Burk has several activities to go along with the book (including coloring pages, a maze, and creating your own "bedtime buddies") at her website. Check them out!
Why I LOVE it: It is SUPER creative. It's a bedtime book that is actually calming - AND fun (VERY hard to do!). The illustrations are beautiful. The book within a book is sweet. The kids' delay tactics are SO typical. Mama is clever. The end is cute. It's lovely. What's NOT to love.
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