“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

Little Blue Chair

Written by: Cary Fagan

Illustrated by: Madeline Kloepper

Published by: Tundra Books, division of Random House. Jan 2017

Ages:   3 – 7 Years

Theme: repurposing, travel, uses.

Opening Lines: Boo had a favorite chair. It was little. It was blue. He liked to sit on it while ate his breakfast and his lunch and his dinner.

Synopsis: From Amazon:- Boo’s favorite chair is little and blue. He sits in it, reads in it and makes a tent around it…until the day he grows too big for it. His mother puts the little blue chair out on the lawn where a truck driver picks it up. The truck driver sells it to a lady in a junk store where it sits for many years until it’s sold and put to use as a plant stand. In the years that follow, the little blue chair is used in many other ways — on an elephant ride, in a contest, on a Ferris wheel, in a tree…until the day it flies away, borne aloft by balloons, and lands in a garden of daffodils where a familiar face finds it.

Why I like this: A sweet whimsical story following the journey of a little blue chair as it changes hands and uses. The text glides along taking us through the years and various people who come in contact with the chair, seamlessly. I loved the page turns in looking to see who has the chair next or what they intend to use it for. Years later it brings us full circle and Boo is now a young man. You will have to get the book to see what Boo does with it next. 😉 The ink and pencil drawings give this picture book a beautiful, simple, and sweet look.

Resources/Findings: This is a great website on reuse for kids at school and in the home….   https://your.caerphilly.gov.uk/kidsgogreen/info-zone/tips-fighting-waste/reuse

Teaching children for earth day and the four R’s. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rebuy…     https://www.everydayhealth.com/green-health/earth-day-teaching-kids.aspx

A teacher tool kids will love ….   http://www.ecokidsusa.org/3rs.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.

About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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11 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

  1. Diane, this sounds like a delightful book. We all have those mementos or memories from when we were young. Can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for highlighting it.

  2. I love the idea of passing along beloved objects so that others can enjoy and love them, too. Thanks for this book rec!

  3. I love books about repurposing. So touching! I reviewed a book a few years ago called “A Happy Hat,” by Cecil Kim that this would pair nicely with. It is about the life of a hat as it is passed down and around.

  4. Joanna says:

    I am always so impressed when an author manages to spin such a sweet story of an inanimate object!

  5. Darlene says:

    Sounds like a delightful story that kids will love!

  6. Sue Heavenrich says:

    I love the idea of a little blue chair going on a journey!

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