“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

Before I tell you about my choice of Picture Book I have to review today, let me first tell you what is so special about today. Perfect Picture Book is the brainchild of one of our dearest online writing colleagues, Susanna Hill. I can’t exactly recall when I first came across Susanna, I only know it feels like I have known her forever. We have had some fun over the years, I have enjoyed watching her go from strength to strength in her writing endeavours and applaud her stamina, her sense of humour and her creative ideas. You never know what she is going to come up with next.   That’s why you have to keep an eye on her website at all times. She also has a healthy love of all things chocolate which can be quite contagious, so don’t say you haven’t been warned. However, she can be forgiven and all those who know her in letting their hair down and feast on chocolate today as it is the 100th  Picture Book posting week Birthday for her baby; Perfect Picture Book Friday!   So let’s celebrate….

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Jolly Snow

Book Jolly Snow1Written and Illustrated by: Jane Hissey

First Published by: Scribbles, division of Book House and again by: Philomel (October 31, 1991)

Age: 3 to 6 years

Theme: Imagination, creative, snow, wonder, fun

Opening Lines: It was cold and grey outside. Jolly Tall, the giraffe, was gazing out of the window.

“Are you waiting for something?” asked Rabbit.

Synopsis: Jolly Tall can’t wait to see snowflakes for the very first time, but as it’s not chilly enough outside for real snow, Old Bear and his friends decide to show Jolly the magic of a white winter – with indoor snow! From paper cut-out snow to riding a cardboard sleigh down a white sheet into a pile of pillows that burst forth with feather-like snow, they come up with their own creative ideas. Until real snow arrives!

Why I like this: This is a beautiful story to cuddle up with on a winter’s night and is one of a series that Jane has both written and illustrated in pencil colours of reds and gold’s to give it that old world charm. A classic in its’ own right young ones will imagine if this is what their cuddly toys get up to when left alone. I could understand Jolly Tall’s wistful wonder looking out at a grey sky, at ever seeing “real” snow, as I live in a city that never gets it. I once, as a child, imagined confetti as snow, and played with dolls in a sand box imagining it was snow.   This suited our time of year (being now winter) and it would also make a great Christmas gift idea.

Resources/Findings:   Here is a Television Animated version of her story…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuRUSV4Lbjw

I loved the idea in the story of making paper snowflakes and these would be a great idea for children to do around Christmas time and hang on the class Christmas tree or for their tree at home.

I also loved the idea of making things out of cardboard such as the sleigh. Here’s another idea to make out of cardboard with all the instructions…     http://mollymoocrafts.com/make-it-more-piratey-mom/

Here is another wonderful website with great cardboard ideas….   http://coolmompicks.com/blog/2014/01/04/diy-toys-cardboard-boxes/

Pop over  and visit the lovely author, Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.    Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with books reviewed by many authors.

 

 

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

My Adventure Island … where wild things happen

Book - My Adventure IslandWritten by: Timothy Knapman

Illustrated by: Sarah Warburton

Published by: Scholastic Children’s Books 2012

Ages: 3 – 6 years

Theme: Adventure, Fun, Imagination

Opening Sentence: Here on my island I do what I like. I can Zoom all around on brilliant new bike.

Synopsis: from the back of the book – On my very own island I can do whatever I like! There are no rules and no bedtimes – and broccoli and big sisters are banned. A brilliantly funny tale of mischief and mayhem.

Why I like this: Imagine you had a window into the mind of a sleeping child. See his imagination take over and his world of adventure. He dreams of doing what he wants, eating what he wants, playing with toys without interruption, no sister to annoy, he can be dirty and smelly, never washing or brushing his teeth. Riding a flash new bike or being covered in mud. Heaven isn’t it, for little boys! Well, you would think so. This has the pattern of Where the Wild Things Are, in a way to me. Still I loved flipping the pages and reading the simple mostly one line text that galloped across the page and laugh at his antics. Yes I didn’t like some of my veges too, when I was a kid. Energetic and fun this book will be a hoot for young kids. The illustrations are cute in soft colourful candy for the young adventurer.   A keeper, it would make a lovely gift or a classroom read.

Resources/Findings: Timothy’s website…   http://www.timothyknapman.co.uk/book/my-adventure-island

A good classroom activity would be to get the kids to write down what they would have on their special island and why.

Here’s something with a little bit of fun, and educational …..   http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/multimedia/interactive/maps-tools-adventure-island/kd/?ar_a=3

This is an interesting blog I came across offering a great activity for kids to help them understand and appreciate the land.  Building an island….  http://inspirationalvillage.me/2014/02/27/archipelago-exploring-the-land/

Pop over  and visit the lovely author, Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.    Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with books reviewed by many authors.

 

 

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Book Award Festival and Honours for Children’s Literature

After a stressful week of work I gladly enjoyed helping libraries celebrate the NZ Post Book Award Festival week which is held IMG_5370every year. The festival had been held all week with different Libraries holding events, such a story telling and reading, authors signing their books, drawing competitions and dress-ups, and a co-worker and myself decided to volunteer at one of the libraries by holding a colouring competition.

BOOKKIDS11Kids (big and small) enjoyed face painting. Yes yours truly also got coerce into having her face painted. But as you can see these kids really enjoyed themselves. There was also making your own bracelets’, pendants, bands etc… table, along with toy shooting range and our colouring competition. I IMG_5372managed to draw some of the pictures while others were photocopied from printouts. Here are some of the efforts displayed. One of the pictures used was from the book I reviewed for PPBF last

IMG_5386Friday, I need a new Bum. See here.

We also made and iced many muffins to feed the hungry mob, as well there was candy floss and popcorn. Everything was free for the day, to help kids enjoy IMG_5359reading and having fun.

This weekend is our Queen’s Birthday Weekend. Every year New Zealand celebrates the English Queen’s Birthday in the first week of June, and every year there is an announcement of the Queen’s Honours. This year it was lovely to see Betty Gilderdale receiving the NZ Order of Merit in this year’s Queen’s Honours for services to children’s literature. Here is a lovely article on her in our National Paper… http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11265877

It was interesting to read that one of the pictures I used in our colouring competition (The little Yellow Digger) was not only made into a series by Betty, but it has just celebrated 20years in print and over 400,000 copies. I was amazed to learn that Betty never really intended to write a children’s book and even more amazing that none of the books were published until after she had retired. A wonderful story full of colourful pictures of the book and celebration of the 20 years you will find here… http://www.booksellers.co.nz/book-news/little-yellow-digger-celebrates-20-years-print you will also learn that hubby had no intention of illustrating her books in the beginning and now draws diggers all the time.

Here’s hoping you had a lovely weekend in your neck-of-the-woods.

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

I need a new Bum

BumWritten by: Dawn McMillan

Illustrated by: Ross Kinnaird

Published by: Libro International

Age: 3 – 6 years

Theme: humour, a dilemma

Opening sentence: I need a new bum! Mine’s got a crack. I can see in the mirror a crack at the back.

Synopsis: (From Amazon) What to do when you need a new bum? Should you get one that’s blue or yellow spotted? A rocket bum that’s all fire and thrust, or a robo-bum?

The options are endless – but wait, Dad’s bum crack is showing too? Maybe this is contagious.

This is a great book to read to kids – or on your own. The hilarious rhymes from Dawn McMillan and delightful drawings of Ross Kinnaird are guaranteed to raise a smile.

Why I like it: Written in first voice, in playful humorous rhyme, a young boy’s dilemma at discovering a crack in his bum. Gotta love that kiwi humour! Ross’s colourful eye popping illustrations add to the giggle as kids turn the pages only to discover they are not the only ones with a crack bum, or in need of a new one. I saw this for myself as I used a couple of the pictures as drawings for a colouring competition. (See my next post on what I got up to last weekend and how this book was such a hit.)

Resources/Findings:   About the author…   http://www.dawnmcmillan.co.nz/about.html

Interesting that the word bum had to be changed to butt for the USA/Canadian market. Apparently they would think we were referring to needing a new homeless person instead of part of the human body.   See on Dawn’s facebook page….   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dawn-McMillan-Author/393872304000922

Here is Ross’s website. Love what he does for kids and getting them interested in drawing and writing….   http://rosskinnaird.blogspot.co.nz/p/about-me.html

Do what we did and have a colouring competition.   Ask kids to write down ways they could solve the dilemma, write a story about it.

Pop over  and visit the lovely author, Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.    Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with books reviewed by many authors.

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“PERFECT PICTURE BOOK” – Friday

I am sure many of us whether parents, aunts, grandmothers, teachers, or friends have been in a situation where a young child asking those awkward questions, or simply that age-old question of “Are we THERE yet?” Kids these days grow up more assertive, are more inquisitive, expect answers and specifics and have no time for sitting still before moving on to something bigger and brighter than we can ever imagine. But there is no getting away from it, they will question everything and anything, whatever it may be. With luck, they may find their own answers in their own way, in their own time. Forever learning about what is ahead of them… The world… Out There

There

Book of  ThereAuthor/Illustrator:   Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

Publisher: A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, New York April 2009

Ages: 4 – 7

Theme: Thoughts, Questions, Wonder

Opening lines: When will I get There? How will I know? Will there be a sign that says, “Here is There”?

Synopsis: Will it Take long to get There? Will it be tomorrow? How will I know? Will I be as tall as a house?   So many questions, this story is told exclusively in questions that capture the uncertainty and persistence of children, about growing up. Seen through the eyes of a young girl who ponders what might or might not lie in store for her.

Why I like it: I wasn’t sure when I first picked it up what really attracted me to it. The amazing sparse text that didn’t at first seem to tell a story; at least not until you read it again… Then there are the illustrations. A ruffled-haired little girl standing alone, pondering what awaits for her over those fluffy cotton ball pathways and pages of sweeping scenery we travel within her imagination. The book is both precious, thoughtful, wistful yet deep. It inspires all ages to think and ask the question. I was interested to learn through reviews that the book is both educational, used in the classroom to inspire children to think and use their imagination. It can be used both in the class and at home for those meaningful discussions. Also that people bought this as a graduation gift, for the student that is now stepping out into the big wide world, inspiring them to think of their future, what is out there? What will they do? And how will they know?

Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, living in Ireland has written and illustrated a number of award-winning children’s books and her new blog , shared with her husband http://thebelugasarewatching.com/ I found very interesting. I also was very interested in reading this….   http://www.marielouisefitzpatrick.com/2013/10/28/giant-press-pass/   article on her old blog.

What I liked most, the little girl decides on her own to live in the moment.

 

Resources/Findings….   Here is a piece on her old blog of the book and some illustrations…   http://www.marielouisefitzpatrick.com/there/

Here is another look at the book…   http://us.macmillan.com/there/MarieLouiseFitzpatrick

Here is a great way to use the book and have those… meaningful discussions…   http://www.teachingchildrenphilosophy.org/wiki/There

Here the book has been used this way…   http://mrspal.org/category/thoughts-to-ponder/ an educational blog.

Pop over  and visit the lovely author, Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.    Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with books reviewed by many authors.

 

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

Easter Eggs for Anya – A Ukrainian Celebration of New Life in Christ

Book Easter Eggs for AnyaWritten by: Virginia Kroll

Illustrated by: Sally Wern Comport

Published by:   Zonderkidz (January 23, 2007)

Age:   4 – 7 years

Series: Traditions of faith from around the World

Theme: Faith, Hope and belief, creative

Opening lines:   Anya crept to her “praying place” under the hay wagon and pulled her skirts around her for warmth. Even though it was time for spring to spread its sunshine over the Ukraine, the wind was still wintry and the sky was slate-gray.

Synopsis: from the front flap – A Ukrainina Easter celebration involves the exchanging of colourful, hand-decorated psanky eggs, but this year, with Papa away at the war and Mama struggling to make ends meet, Anya’s family is too poor to buy eggs to decorate. That is, until Anya discovers an abandoned nest of goose eggs, and begins planning an Easter surprise for her family. But God has an even better surprise in store, and Anya son learns what the Easter story teaches; spring brings gifts of myriad new beginnings, just as the risen Christ gave the gift of new life to us all.

The Traditions of Faith series illustrates how Christian holiday customs have evolved around the world. Each includes an author’s note about the history of the tradition, and ideas and activities to adopt into one’s own family celebrations.

Why I like this: I was so drawn to the beautiful soft textured illustrations of this book. The story itself is intriguing, warm and simple. Little Anya wants to continue the tradition of giving beautiful hand decorated Easter Eggs to her family. Nature takes a hand and she comes across geese eggs left in a nest. After taking them home Anya soon learns that things don’t always work out the way you expected. Sometimes the unexpected can be even better and a surprise twist at the end makes this an aww… moment. I know you will want to read this again. I did! Being a lover of historical fiction I just loved this one.

Virginia Kroll is the author of over fifty books for children and winner of a 2004 Children’s Choice award. A former elementary school teacher, she lives in New Your with her husband and has six children of her own. Virginia is the first to say that inspiration for her stories come from her children and the many animals she has living at her home and her everyday life.

Sally Wern Comport has been an illustrator for advertising and institutional works for many years before turning her hand to children’s books. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.

Resources/Findings: Here is a lovely interview with Virginia http://www.childrenslit.com/childrenslit/mai_kroll_virginia.html

With Easter around the corner, now is the time to remember the celebration of Easter, like Anya the joy of giving, like spring it is the beauty of new life and a new world.  Time to make those decorative Easter eggs, hats, and cards.

Decorating Easter Eggs Craft for kids….   http://www.kidspot.com.au/Easter-Crafts-How-to-decorate-Easter-eggs+4860+162+article.htm

Easter crafts for kids…   http://spoonful.com/easter/easter-crafts

Here are some cute Easter crafts for young kids….   http://www.ivillage.ca/parenting/easy-crafts-children/easter-crafts-activities-toddlers-kids-15-cute-easy-ideas-bunnies-egg

Pop over  and visit the lovely author, Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.    Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with books reviewed by many authors.

 

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Quincy and Buck

Quincy Cover%20Image%20Quincy%20and%20BuckWelcome to another World of Ink Blog Hop….. 

Author: Camille Matthews

Illustrator: Michelle Black

Publisher: Pathfinder Equine Publications (March 15, 2014)

ISBN-10: 0981924042

ISBN-13: 978-0981924045

Ages: 5 – 7 years,   Kindergarten – 2

Book Series:   Quincy the Horse Books

Theme:   Bullying, overcoming fears, horses

Opening Lines:   Quincy was a little red horse. His coat was the colour of a new penny. His mane and tail were long and shiny.

Synopsis: Quincy tries to overcome his fears about “surprises waiting for horses out on the trail” by going on his first trail ride. Quincy’s main concern is the wild animals he might meet but the real challenge turns out to be another horse. Buck, the horse he hopes will be his trail buddy and guide him, turns out to be a bully who is dangerous!

Quincy learns some important things about dealing with a bully.

Why I like this:   At 40 pages this beautifully illustrated book is slightly longer than the norm for picture books, but Michelle’s rich oil colours are worth it. I was once a horse mad teenager that would do anything for a book like this. The story gives a very realistic view of horses, how they react with one another and along with illustration details and scenery makes this popular for the older readers. The theme of overcoming fears, courage, and having strength of character and dealing with bullies is cleverly weaved in. A popular book, great gift idea and a wonderful resource for schools.

Quincy%20and%20CamThe real Quincy whose early experiences inspired the Quincy the Horse series, is an American quarter horse who came to live with Camille when he was 7 years old. He was an active trail horse until he contracted EPM. After several years of rehabilitation, he was able to return to light trail riding and became a mainstay therapy horse, providing equine assisted mental health services to teens and adults. Now 24 years old, he is still working as a member of the equine therapy team at Pathfinder Farm in Reading, PA.

Camille Matthews and Michelle Black met in Farmington, New Mexico where Camille was a clinical social worker providing psychotherapy and equine therapy and Michelle was a horse trainer and artist. Camille told Michelle about the Quincy the Horse children’s books she was creating about the real life of one of her horses. Michelle offered to illustrate the series. Both are equestrians who between them have done just about everything with horses but they agree that the creation of the Quincy the Horse Books for kids K-4th grade is their favorite project. They have just completed the third book of The Quincy the Horse series, QUINCY AND BUCK.

Resources/Findings:   Here is a beautiful website of their own. Just look at the magnificent rich colour spreads found on each page…     http://www.quincythehorse.com/quincy-and-buck.html

Here is the trailer …. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqCWapSlSKo

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

No English

Book noenglish_fnlWritten by: Jacqueline Jules

Illustrated by: Amy Huntington

Published by: Mitten Press, Imprint of Ann Arbor Media Group LLC 2007

Ages: 5 – 10 years

Theme:   cross-culture friendship, misunderstanding

Opening sentence: “No English,” the new girl said, shaking her head. “Espanol.”   Her name was Blanca and she was from Argentina. Mrs Bertram gave her the empty desk next to mine.

Synopsis: From the back cover – Mrs Bertram asked her class, “Can you imagine what it’s like to be surrounded by people you don’t understand?” Can you?

From the front flap – “No English” is all that Blanca, the new girl from Argentina, says. She spends her time drawing pictures instead of doing class work and that hardly seems fair to second-grader Diane. One misunderstanding follows another until Diane begins to see how afraid Blanca must feel in their classroom. Their teacher, Mrs Bertram, helps her class understand that “different” is just different, not strange or weird. She encourages the students to learn about Blanca’s home country. Diane must make things right, but how will she do that when they don’t speak the same language?

Why I like this:   While the new girl Blanca and Diane became good friends, what resonated with me was the beautiful way two cultures came together. How two people from different countries learned to understand one another. As I read this story I was reminded of a holiday trip my husband and I did by bus from a small Austrian village into Hungry. We spent six days with a bunch of senior citizens who did not speak a word of English. I won’t go into details on how that happened. We communicated with drawing pictures on serviettes, pointing and a lot of laughing. We have stayed firm friends even today with two couples and their families.

This story also shows how something said or done can be taken out of context or misunderstood. Again I am reminded of a saying I came across on Facebook awhile ago. A friend commented she was “lucked out” on something she going for. My immediate thought was to respond with saying how sorry I was to hear this, as being “lucked out” in our neck of the woods and in the UK it means lost out or missed out. But after some time I checked back only to see others congratulating her. It seems “lucked out” can also mean fortunate, strike it lucky.

A useful resource in the classroom to help introduce those from different cultures it has lovely watercolours and explicit facial expressions.

Resources/Findings:   Here is Jacqueline’s blog with lots of interesting stuff….   http://www.jacquelinejules.com/NoEnglish.htm   check out Jacqueline reading the story to a Spanish classroom on her website.

A great resource for kids and teachers on learning another language through games and puzzles.. http://www.chillola.com/index.html/

Also what kids could do in the classroom is draw a map of the world and mark where each are from.  Study the country or area they are from, using quizzes and other material.  Dress up in the countries costume would also be a lot of fun.

Pop over  and visit the lovely author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.    Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with the books reviewed by many authors.

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

Angel Coming

angelcomingcover-283x300Written by:  Heather Henson

Illustrated by:  Susan Gaber

Published by:  Atheneum Books for Young Readers an imprint of Simon &Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.  2005

Age:  3 – 8 years

Theme:  patience, new baby, waiting, preparation

First Lines:  Mama says an angel is coming, coming clear up the mountain, riding clear up Lonesome Creek, a tiny babe tucked in her saddlebag, a tiny babe tucked safe and warm.

Synopsis:  Through the eyes of a young girl we are caught up in the preparing for a new baby in the 1920’s.  A small Kentucky community rallies round waiting for the arrival, celebrating and preparing for the special event.  Heather shares a beautiful story of anticipation and preparation of a special event with rhythmic text accompanied by Susan’s soft painted illustrations. A historical fiction both Heather and Susan depicting the era well.

What I liked:   I love how the text reads with a kind of swagger, an outback feel.   I loved one special illustration near the end, of the father leaning on the bed tickling the baby’s foot as both baby and mother are resting.  Very cute!  This would be a great story read aloud to kids, especially if there is a new baby brother or sister on the way.  This story was written in relation to a saying, when in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky, if a child asked where babies came from, the unique reply was always – babies are brought up the steep paths , tucked in saddlebags, carried by an angel on horseback.  Which is no more true than – carried by stork or found in a cabbage patch.

Illustrations a beautifully done giving depth to a story of a young girl who hoped for a sister, the girl readily accepts her little brother, declaring, “Can’t help but love him just the same.”

Resources/Findings:   There is an Author’s Note in the back along with original photos supplied by the Frontier Nursing Service who worked during that time.

Heather’s  website and other books…  http://heatherhensonbooks.com/?page_id=138

Here’s a lovely website with great ideas for preparing toddlers and older children for the arrival of a new baby….     http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/prepare-children

Pop over  and visit the lovely author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.    Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with the books reviewed by many authors.

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“PERFECT PICTURE BOOK” – Friday

The Red Sash

Book Red Sash 517DQDSTPVL__SL500_AA300_Written by:   Jean E. Pendziwol

Illustrated by:   Nicolas Debon

Published by:   A Groundwood Book House of Anansi Press, Toronto.  2005

Ages:   5 – 8 years

Theme:   historical fiction, courage, strength, multicultural

Opening Sentences:  The sun is rising over Nanabijou, who lies sleeping on the great sea Gitchee Gumee.  My sister Isabelle and I wake up.  I can see Mother through the entrance of our wigwam.

Synopsis:  From the front flap – It is rendezvous, when the fabled voyageurs who spend the winter in the vast North American wilderness come back to the trading post of Fort William, at the head of the Great Lakes.  The voyageurs are loaded down with the precious furs that they have obtained from the native people.  At the same time canoes arrive from Montreal carrying representatives from the North West Company.  They bring fresh trading supplies for the voyageurs to take on their next journey.  And then they will transport the packs of furs back to Montreal to be shipped to England.  For those who gather at Fort William, Rendeavous is a time of feasting and dancing and of telling stories around the campfire.

A young Metis boy and his family living near Fort William are helping to prepare for a feast in the Great hall.  When the chores are done, the children canoe to a nearby island to hunt hare.  But a storm begins to brew.  Through the rain and churning waves a canoe carrying a gentleman from the North West Company appears, heading toward the island for shelter.  The boy helps land the canoe, which has been badly torn by rocks and waves, and then realizes that he is the one who can save the day.

British North America in the early 1800s was built around the trade in furs, which would not have been possible without the native trappers and hunters and the brave voyageurs who travelled through the immense, then unknown wilderness in brutal winter conditions.  Vivid and historically accurate illustrations give an authentic picture of life at this busy fur-trading post.

What I liked:  Well, there is so much to like about this.  Firstly it’s historical fiction and multicultural.  A little longer than normal picture book at 40 pages I loved learning about the Canadian fur-traders and the area they lived in, weathering the hardships and how people relied on family, friends and each other for survival and way of life.  From the first few sentences one feels they are in another world, the smell of breakfast cooking, it is the middle of winter and the way of life is not as I know it.  I learned a great deal about the history of the fur-traders and many unusual words, even the original name of Lake Superior.  The illustrations are beautifully rich giving depth to the story, from the wild storm to the crowd gathering for the festival of the rendezvous. Cleverly wrapped in an adventure story from a young boys view of getting caught in a storm, helping a trader and earning his red sash. Kids young and old will love this.

Resources/Findings:  I couldn’t find any resources or other links for this book.  A resource in its self, the book has a map in the front and back pages along with back story in history of the fur-traders.  There is also a glossary.

When I checked out what I could find on google, I was surprised to learn quite a bit.  Some interesting facts about the Canadian fur-traders for use in class studies ….   http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/fur-trade/

Along with museums here is another link of the fur-trade…    http://www.whiteoak.org/historical-library/fur-trade/time-line-a-brief-history-of-the-fur-trade/

Here is an activity book…     http://www.ece.gov.nt.ca/files/K-12/Curriculum/social-studies/Gr4/4.Fur-Trade-Edukit/Fur-Trade-Student-Activity-Book.pdf

More interesting facts for kids….     http://firstpeoplesofcanada.com/fp_furtrade/fp_furtrade2.html

Great link here for school study….    http://bccurriculum.pbworks.com/w/page/30171407/Canada%3A%20%20Fur%20Trade

Pop over  and visit the lovely author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.    Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with the books reviewed by many authors.

 

 

 

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