Yay!!! So Perfect Picture Book weekly postings on the lovely Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog is back in full swing and I so love joining the others and meeting up with new bloggers and enjoying their Picture Book choices. Yeah I know I am a little slow getting into the swing of it but I have finally thawed from our winter downunder and spring is now in full swing. Here is my choice this week…
The Seeds of Friendship
Published by: Walker Books, London 2015
Ages: 3 – 6 years
Theme: friendship, immigration, hope
Opening Lines: Adam loved his new home. It was high, high in a tall tower in the city. It was exciting. He was living in the sky.
Synopsis: (from back cover) Adam felt alone in the strange new city. He missed the colors and friendships of his faraway home. But when a teacher at school gives him a few seeds, she plants an idea in him – an idea that will transform his grey world forever. Michael Foreman’s new story is a powerful fable of how friendship can grow in our world.
Why I like this: This is a beautiful simply told story of a young child settling in a new city. The illustrations show he is from a different country and lifestyle and thanks to a teacher giving him some seeds to plant, an idea springs to mind. Adam sees the world as grey, vastly different from what he is used to but with the help of his new friends and the seeds he learns to change this. A great story which can be read in school, teaching children about immigration, friendship, teamwork, and gardening. It also lends itself to discussions on how people view the world. The full page illustrations in soft colours give a fresh gentle touch to the story. I loved this.
Resources/Findings: Here’s a wonderful site full of links to teach kids about seeds from making ceramic seed ornaments to making their own little pot garden. http://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/35-seed-activities-for-young-kids.html
Michael’s stories seem to grip you and his illustrations draw you in. Here are some works of his previous books. Mia’s story and War Boy are two I must look for…… http://www.theguardian.com/books/gallery/2010/feb/11/michael-foreman-army-museum
Here is another website that has links to view for activities in building friendship and self esteem in kids…. http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/friendship-games-kids-play-11803.html
I’m always pleased to be able to bring you some more special books that have come my way and be able to share them with you and join other great writers over at Susanna’s Blog, where there are literally hundreds of book reviews to view. So 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.