“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

Room on the Broom

Book Roomon the BroomWritten by: Julia Donaldson

Illustrated by: Axel Scheffler

Published by: Dail Books for Young Readers, Divison of Penguin Young Readers NYC, USA 2001

Ages:   3 – 6 years

Theme: Friendship, Adventure,

Opening Lines: The witch had a cat and a hat that was black, And long ginger hair in a braid down her back. How the cat purred and how the witch grinned, As they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind.

Synopsis: The witch and her cat couldn’t be happier, flying through the night sky on their broomstick – until the wind blows away first the witch’s hat, then her bow, then her wand! Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items and all they want in return is a ride on the broomstick. But is there room on the broom for so many new friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from the clutches of a hungry dragon? From the award=winning creators of The Gruffalo, this enchanting story of quick wits and friendship is full of humor and adventure – and just the right amount of spookiness.

Why I like this: This is a fun story, very appropriate I thought for this time of year. Right from the get-go the whimsical rhyming text that is both catchy and bold and along with the colourful illustrations certainly does knock your socks off. As I turned the page eager to see what happens next I could not help smiling and laughing at the antics they got up to. The witch was very comical looking which made it very kid friendly I thought. There are comical lines, lots of action and repetition which makes it easy for kids to read and a fun read aloud. You’ve gotta get this one!

Resources/Findings: Here is a reading on youtube….    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWB0goTWZic

It’s Halloweensie contest time again at Susanna Hills blog… get yourself over there asap to join in the fun. Instructions are in this link…   http://susannahill.blogspot.co.nz/2015/10/its-about-that-time.html

Here is a blog with some ideas for kids on Halloween…   http://pathways.org/blog/great-family-halloween-activities-beyond-trick-or-treating/?gclid=Cj0KEQjwtaexBRCohZOAoOPL88oBEiQAr96eSKietwk-bUS5idItFK7IA_IuabRtdkQrKx5FapPWReEaArtH8P8HAQ

Here are some more crafts, activities, colouring pictures and videos to enjoy for Halloween…   http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/Halloween

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.

It’s also Labour Weekend for us here down in New Zealand.  So we are enjoying a long relaxing time away from work though the weather has been a bit miserable for the start of the weekend it promises to turn warm and sunny later.   Have a great weekend everyone and see you over at Susanna’s blog for Halloween.  🙂

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Titbits of information for Writers

Hi,

I’ve been missing in action here on my blog for a while so thought I would share some writing resources, titbits of information and some exciting news.

In the world of writing it is as I have come to know not such a lonely place as some believe, with all the workshops, webinars, Facebook groups and blogs, not to mention conferences and retreats to attend.  There is always new information, lots to learn and help you to hone your craft.  Many share their wisdom, resources and always they encourage and share their experiences with you.  It is a wonderful community that is open twenty-four-seven around the world.

One author/writer entrepreneur I first met online back in 2011 is the amazing Katie Davis who runs the Brain Burps about Books Podcast, also her programs and tools  from How to create Author Platform to Video Idiot Boot Camp and Marketing Solutions to promote your book among others click here.  The vivacious Katie loves to support her fellow writers. Check out her latest interview on my friend Vivian Kirkfield’s blog.

I also met up with Tara Lazar in 2011, author and instigator of the fun-filled month-long PiBoldMo held in November every year.  It is a free  month-long  writing Picture Book idea challenge for the month of November for writers. Check out her blog and join in the fun meeting other writers.  There is guest appearances from editors, authors and agents and giveaways.  Last year  there were over 1300 registered participants.  Come and join in the fun registration opens on 25th October.

Another writer/author who I owe a great deal to is the lovely Julie Hedlund founder of the 12×12 Challenge and she is also the founder of the Writers Renaissance Retreat held in Italy for writers.   Like Julie after the November PiBoldMo ended in 2011 I wondered what to do with all these ideas I had.  Julie decided to invite anyone to join her in a challenge to turn at least twelve of these ideas over the next twelve months into manuscripts albeit rough drafts but at least a step further towards our goal of publication. By the end of 2012 around fifty people had joined her.  Last year over 750 members registered and the 12×12 Challenge is now a thriving community of authors and writers with guest agents and editors who inspire, encourage and call ourselves “family.”  Why don’t you pop along to Julie’s Blog and check out her resources and the success stories for yourself.  You will be amazed.

I could not end this blog post without mentioning the amazing Emma Walton Hamilton with whom I first stepped into the internet world of the writer after taking her “Just Write for Kids, How to Write a Picture Book” course and I never looked back.   An actor, author, editor and writing coach her blog is chock full of resources from School Visit Wizard, to Ultimate Guide to Picture Books, and Editor in a Box, not to mention her Writing Courses on Middle Grade and YA.   Emma also offers an Editing service and One on One Coaching to the serious writer.  Take a look there is something there for everyone.

And the exciting news I have to share is a dear friend/author and writing buddy, Vivian Kirkfield  has secured agent Essie White of Storm Literary Agency.  Well done and congratulations.  Vivian is a beautiful writer who enjoys sharing her insights and works tirelessly at her craft and I am inspired by the hours she puts in.  Vivian’s blog is also one filled with lovely resources, information and crafts,  along with guests appearing in her famous “Will Write for Cookies” posts which is usually complete with delicious recipes shared by her guests.  Pop over and enjoy.

Join me again when I share more of my wonderful writing friends and their blogs.

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

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

Book SeedsWritten and Illustrated by: Michael Foreman

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.

 

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

How Robin Saved Spring

BOOK How Robin Saved.Written by: Debbie Ouellet

Illustrated by: Nicoetta Ceccoli

Published by: Christy Ottaviana Books, Henry Holt and Co, New York USA, 2009

Ages:   4 – 8 years

Theme:  changing seasons, persistence,

Opening Lines: Long ago, in a little cottage, there lived two sisters, Lady Winter and Sister Spring. The day came, as it had every year since the beginning of time, for Lady Winter to step aside.

Synopsis: (from the jacket flap)- If Lady Winter has her way, the world will stay covered in blankets of snowy white and icy blue. Sister Spring will slumber forever and the winter will never end. Can Lady Winter really keep spring from coming, or is there something the animals might do to help? Led by harbinger Robin, the animals are determined to wake Sister Spring, but what price will they each have to pay? Through beautiful words and pictures, this enchanting tale about the battle of the seasons highlights one special bird who saves more than just the day.

Why I like this: The cover alone is a scene stopper. Nicoletta an award winner of the Silver medal by the Society of Illustrators and recipient of the Andersen Prize, honouring her as the best children’s book illustrator in Italy (no wonder), where she lives, gives this beautiful story its romantic, lush, whimsical feel. Soft edged rich colours abound in this, what could be called a folk tale. Some of the illustrations even made me think of the movie, Frozen. Debbie cleverly combines Winter’s plot to keep Spring from waking up so the world will stay white and cold for ever, with the failed attempts of the forest animals to wake her, leading to their natural hibernation and price they must pay. Eventually the little brown Robin comes up with a plan and why today we see little red-breasted robins singing in the morning sun. This is Debbie’s first picture book and I became aware of her good use of three’s in sounds and use of animals and lyrical text. While there are some full-page spreads most of the text is on the left page and the beautiful illustrations on the right. Debbie lives in Ontario, Canada.

Resources/Findings: Here is Debbie’s website and info about her writing and other projects…   http://www.debbieouellet.com/howrobinsavedspring.htm

Here is a link to Nicoletta’s world of exquisite work. I love that often the expressions are very moody….   http://www.nicolettaceccoli.com/index.php

This is the final in Picture Book reviews for a short while, while the northern hemisphere have their summer break.  I thought this was a fitting choice as they now enjoy spring and early onset of summer, while I wrap up warm in front of the fire and enjoy a good book.

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.

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“SHOW ME HOW!”

Hi Everyone,

After a hectic few weeks it has been lovely taking time out to relax away from work, catch up on some revision and even draft a new picture book story for my June 12×12 group. Also I have managed to read some (not all yet) of a wonderful, fun, resource full book I received recently by the wonderful author and writing buddy of mine, Vivian Kirkfield,

‘Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking.’

BOOK   Show me how

Oh how I wish this book had been around thirty years ago. When I was first married our young neighbours next door had two little kids (a girl and boy) who loved coming over to our place to play with our little Cavalier King Charles spaniel, play hairdressing with my long hair (at that time, and you can only imagine the pigtail etc that was created) *roll eyes* or join me in the kitchen standing on chairs making chocolate chip cookies, little sponge butterfly cakes, and a biscuit chocolate log that required no baking but lots of fun decorating and licking of the bowl afterwards. Vivian’s book would have been a gold-mine for me giving me so many more choices and more, in activities such as crafts as well as simple cooking recipes and there is over a hundred reading suggestions to choose from. This book is a wonderfully creative resource for every adult who loves to spend time with young children. The stories, craft and cooking projects, not only give the child a sense of achievement, but also to recognise their own potential in a fun way, learn by mistakes and build confidence and self-esteem. I know from experiencing it with my little nephews when they came to stay how during our time cooking or doing a craft how open they are to chatting about whatever is on their minds. How creative and confident they were and having our total attention brought such excitement for both them and us. I loved those special times.

Mmm… just made myself a Child-friendly Egg-in-the-Nest for lunch. It’s on page 99. That’s after reading choice of- David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon, and the Floating Boat soap craft. Also after each reading suggestion is Parental Participation notes and room for you to make some notes also. The book is broken into six chapters such as “I Can Do it Myself!” “I’m Special!” and “I’m Afraid!” Each chapter lists picture book suggestions to do with that theme followed by a craft and suitable, simple cooking recipe. I love the introduction ‘One Picture (book) is Worth a Thousand Words’, where Vivian offers true-life experience, and explains her themes and how powerful picture books are. In the back of the book is an hourly routine Vivian has used. Children thrive on routine, knowing what is happening next causes less stress and they look forward to each new day. Vivian has not left anything out when she carefully researched, taken from her own life and produced this extraordinary resource.

I am so lucky in that Vivian gave me another copy of this book which I am donating to our local library as I am sure it will be snapped up and become a very sort after resource for both, child minder, teachers and parents. I have a couple of young friends who have little ones and would value this book so I will be buying some copies for Christmas gifts this year, that’s for sure.  Make sure you obtain one, you will not be disappointed.

You can obtain this book from Amazon…   http://www.amazon.com/Self-Esteem-Crafting-Positive-Parental-Participation/dp/0967014751

A post from 2013…   http://viviankirkfield.com/2013/01/19/sunday-post-simplicity-children-need-less-stuff/#comments

Want to know more here is Vivian’s website…   http://viviankirkfield.com/

Meet Vivian on youtube…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObgrDLEmWpI

Catch her on….   https://www.facebook.com/vivian.kirkfield?fref=ts

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

Laundry Day

Book Laundry DayWritten and Illustrated by: Maurie J Manning

Published by: Clarion Books, Imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co 2012

Ages:   4 – 8 years

Theme:  diversity, honesty, adventure

Opening Lines: “Shoeshine, mister?” “Scuse me. Shoeshine?” “Would you like a shoeshine lady?”

Synopsis: (From Amazon) – A shoeshine boy is surprised when a piece of red silk falls from the sky. Trying to find its owner, he ventures up and down fire escapes, back and forth across clothes-lines, and into the company of the colorfully diverse people who live in the tenement. Lively pages laid out in multiple panels, with a few words of text in dialogue balloons, capture the exhilarating action. There is a cheerful side to a neighbourhood packed with people of different origins—the opportunity to make friends across race lines, culture lines, and clothes-lines!

Why I like this: The style is similar to a comic book, with a series of panels on each page, showing the action progressing is really fun. I love the way how the young boy ambles up the fire escape, tiptoes, balancing across the clothesline into the lives and different languages of his neighbourhood. The illustrations lend it a feeling of the turn of century New York. Colours are mostly muted (browns and black & white and pale blues) so that the reds, which play into the heart of the story stand out. The back page has a small glossary of language definitions. Kids will love rereading this if only to check out what they missed in the illustrations the first time. With such minimal text there is ample opportunity for discussion and one’s own interpretation.

Resources/Findings: Download a pdf of the story….   http://freebookspot.tk/13202081/laundry-day.html

Some questions to ask the class to write down are… How many uses could the scarf be used?   How many different countries/languages were mentioned?   How many Siminski girls were there?   How many children did Fanny Finnigan have? What colour are Rabbi Shulevitz prayer shawls?

Fun things for kids to do in NYC…     http://www.travelforkids.com/Funtodo/New_York/new-york-city.htm

Information on NYC for kids….     http://encyclopedia.kids.net.au/page/ne/New_York_City

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.

 

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

Grub’s Pups

Books - Grub's PupsWritten by: Abi Burlingham

Illustrated by: Sarah Warburton

Published by: Piccadilly Press, London, 2011

Ages:   3 – 6 years

Theme:  Family, anxiety, love, patience

Opening Lines: This is me. I’m Ruby. This is Grub. A very exciting thing is going to happen – Grub’s going to be a dad!

Synopsis: When Tilly the dog next-door does not want to play because she is so tired, Grub doesn’t understand. Tilly is about to have puppies and Grub will become a Dad, but he misses the fun they used to have playing in the yard and feels quite lonely. Then the puppies arrive. You will have to read on to find out what happens next.

Why I like this: I found this to be a very cute story. Simply told and large coloured illustrations make this a fun read. Along with how many puppies Tilly has and the naming of them, it will make a great conversation topic. It gently brings about understanding changes in life, a great intro to when a new member is joining the family it also has subtle touches on patience and responsibility. I loved the last line; pick up a copy, you’ll see what I mean.

I was also surprised to see this is one of a series of Grubb books including – Ruby and Grub and Grub in Love.

Resources/Findings: Here is Abi Burlingham’s website and blog. http://abiburlingham.com/books/ check out her paintings as well.

Here is Sarah’s blog… http://sarahwarburton.blogspot.co.nz/   Catch the solitary Bemusement, a great read of the life of an english illustrator.

Some great reviews on goodreads…    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13094690-grub-s-pups-abi-burlingham-sarah-warburton

As I mentioned above this book would make a great little intro or additional read for kids expecting a new brother or sister.

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.

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

The Wishing Stone

Book-WishingStoneWritten by: Steve Smallman

Illustrated by: Rebecca Elliott

Published by: QED Publishing (January 7, 2010)

Ages:   4 – 6 years

Theme:  Friendship, bravery, lonely

Opening Lines: Armadillo lived in the swamp. He was lonely and wished that he could find a friend.

Synopsis: Shy Armadillo always curled up into a ball when anyone came near him. He wished he could have a friend. When he overheard Mouse, Monkey and Flamingo playing and making wishes while sitting on his back, he decided to grant their wishes himself during the dark of night when no one is around. It is only when Armadillo leaves bugs for Flamingo’s wish that the trio discover the unusual stone they thought made wishes come true is actually a living animal, and so an unlikely friendship is born.

Why I like this: A sweet story of friendship and bravery. I loved when Mouse is sitting on the so-called stone watching the others play in the river and wishes he had a paddling pool. Unbeknown to them Armadillo is the stone Mouse is sitting on and he decides to help Mouse out. During the night he digs a small paddling pool for him. They all think the next day that the stone must be a wishing stone so next Monkey makes a wish which is granted the next day. When Flamingo grants a wish but is not what they expected they realise the stone is not a wishing stone. They realise that Armadillo was trying to please them and in doing so they become friends. I loved this feel good story written in prose. It also has a refrain worked in three.   This lovely story is complimented by beautiful illustrations.   There is also a teachers note/guide in the back page.

Resources/Findings: There are some lessons or teachers guide in the back pages of this book.

Cool insect and bug facts on this website….  http://a2zhomeschooling.com/explore/biology_kids/animals-biology_kids/bugs_insects_kids/insects_bugs_kids/

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.

 

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

Where Is Home, Little Pip?

Book Where Is HomeWritten by: Karma Wilson

Illustrated by: Jane Chapman

Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 23 Sept 2008

Ages:   3 – 8 years

Theme:  Family, adventure, home.

Opening Lines: Pip was hatched in a nest made of pebbles on the cold Antarctic shore. She was as fluffy as new – fallen snow – and small even for a baby penguin.

Synopsis: From the jacket flap:   Little Pip knows that she is supposed to stay close to home, but really – what’s a baby penguin to do except give chase when a beautiful, glittery feather flutters by? And so Pip suddenly finds herself nowhere near her pebbly nest, nowhere near any penguins as far as the eye can see, and worst of all, nowhere near Mama and Papa. Where is home?

Why I like this: Right from the cover picture this book oozed cuteness. I was surprised at how cleverly Karma incorporated prose and rhyme and using the rule of three. She has our little lost penguin asking various critters she meets in her search where home is. Each animal tell where their home is, but not Pip’s home. Children will love Pip’s childish antics and in a tongue-in-cheek way will also learn that listening to parents, and obeying them can save a lot of heartache. I loved the overall theme of ‘Love is where the Heart is’ … mmm, they could have easily given that as its title, but then it would give the ending away. A lovely tribute is made inside the front page to someone we all know and love in the writing world, Emma Dryden.  Karma is known for her Bear books such as Bear Snores On, and lives in Montana.     Jane Chapman’s full page illustrations are gorgeous. She has been teamed with Karma on a number of books together. See the link below of Jane’s interview on Joanna’s website- Miss Marple’s Musings.

Resources/Findings: Here is a lovely teaching guide for the book Karma has provided… http://www.teachingoasis.com/Little%20Pip.pdf

Wonderful website of Karma’s with interesting titbits and insights….   http://www.karmawilson.com/books/pip/where.htm

Catch a wonderful interview with Jane Chapman on Joanna’s website …. http://joannamarple.com/2012/09/4341/

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.

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

The House that Went to Sea

Book The House that went to SeaWritten by: Melinda Szymanik

Illustrated by: Gabriella Klepatski

Published by: Duck Creek Press an Imprint of David Ling Publishing Ltd NZ 2011

Ages:   3 – 7 years

Theme:  Family relationships, boredom, adventure

Opening Lines: Granny Gale’s house smelt of fish, and rocked with the booming of the waves. Built out of timber taken from old boats, the cottage leaned towards the sea, as if at a moment’s notice it would leap into the water and sail away.

Synopsis: Michael Mariner must live with his Grandma in her house by the sea, when his parents get lost in the jungle. Michael prefers watching television and playing on his computer and doesn’t care for trying new things or playing out-of-doors. Grandma thinks a trip on the ocean might be good for Michael and sets sail with Michael in her little cottage. Michael thinks life on the ocean is boring but Grandma loves adventure. When Michael finally takes a swim he finds a message in a bottle and the adventures begin.

Why I like this: When I saw this book I immediately thought of Melinda and her talk a few weeks ago. She was a guest speaker at our recent NZ SCBWI meeting here in Auckland. Melinda’s talk that day was of her journey of being a published author, a no-holds-bar-straight-up, sprinkled with quirky humour. Rather like this book, where the illustration on the front cover shares the hilarious and quirky captured by the illustrator Gabriella throughout the book of Melinda’s text. Imagine your house floating down stream and catching fish with stockings, not to mention shopping with mermaids, and meeting up with pirates. With each page turn you are wondering what is going to happen next. Most important was seeing Michael’s attitude change from being unsociable and bored, to joining in with his grandmother and their fun adventures at sea. I loved the pencil over watercolour illustrations, the expressions not only on the humans in the story and the mix of greys and blues. Beautifully done, this is a fun read and kids will really enjoy this.

Resources/Findings:  Here is Melinda’s Profile on the New Zealand Book Council… http://www.bookcouncil.org.nz/Writers/Profiles/Szymanik,%20Melinda

Melinda’s resource for the book…   http://melindaszymanik.blogspot.co.nz/p/educational-resource-house-that-went-to.html

A great clapping sing along for kids….   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NEwPQUFHcc

Here are the words to the above clapping song…   http://www.gameskidsplay.net/games/ClappingRythmsGames/clap_a_sailor_went_to_sea.htm

Here is Gabriella’s profile on the Storylines website… http://www.storylines.org.nz/Profiles/Profiles+I-M/Gabriella+Klepatski.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.

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