Children’s Book Reading Extravaganza 2010: Picture Books # 81-77
Man, we are just chugging away with these picture books and I have to say, I am so not sick of reading them yet! No one can believe me when they see the towering pile of picture books stacked precariously on my dining room table, but I really? I feel sorry for those people. They just don’t get the fabulousness that is a good picture book.
Today we are going to check out numbers 81-77 on the list of Top 100 Children’s Picture Books. If you missed any of the other installments, have no fear…just click here.
(I know. I thought the rhyming was a bit much too, but I just went for it.)
Okay. At #81 today is Possum Magic by the fabulous Mem Fox. Can I get a “what what” for Mem Fox who also made an appearance at #97 with Where Is the Green Sheep? Work it, Ms. Fox!
This book takes place in the Australian bush. Hush lives with his Grandma who does all sorts of bush magic with other animals. She turned wombats blue and kookaburras pink aaannnnddd could make Hush be invisible. Hush had all sorts of adventures while she was invisible – she slid down the tails of kangaroos and was safe from snakes. But one day, Hush wanted to be visible again and asked his Grandma. She looked and looked for the magic but couldn’t find it anywhere. Then Grandma remembers the magic has something to do with people food so she and Hush leave the bush to figure it out. Finally, after much searching all over Australia, they find a Vegemite sandwich, some pavlova, lamington and it worked! Hush never wanted to be invisible again and, once a year on her birthday, they ate all the magic ingredients again just to make sure she would stay visible.
I heart it. Just heart it. Not only is this story filled with references to the unique animals, places and foods of Australia, it has gorgeous illustrations to boot. I think the storyline is amazing and love the adventure that Hush and her Grandmother go on. If you are studying other continents, foods from around the world or animals, this book would make a nice little tie in. Or whip out a map and look for places in Australia that are mentioned in the book. A perfect read aloud in grades K-2.
At #80 is The Jolly Postman: Or Other People’s Letters by Janet Ahlberg. This one…not so easy to find at one’s public library. Or at least it wasn’t for me. Anyone have anything to add about this one? I promise to post an update if I manage to track it down….
We have another repeat offender at number 78 – it’s Dr. Seuss and How The Grinch Stole Christmas!! The Lorax already made the list at #83. This is one of my most favorite books to read aloud! I love it and read it with much relish and drama. Honestly, I do one mean Grinch.
Do I even need to summarize this one? I don’t think so. I mean, it’s one of the best books ever, is on TV and was made into a movie. I think we all get the gist, yes? So, I will simply wax poetic about it here. The illustrations are wonderful, the rhymes are wonderful, the story is wonderful and the message is wonderful. In a nutshell? Wonderful. I can’t wait to read this one to Mini Mimi. *sigh*
To round out our weekend review is The Library by Sarah Stewart at number 77. Ms. Stewart has already made the list with The Gardener so she is officially hot to trot.
Written in rhyme (Can you say Word Study opportunity??) Elizabeth Brown grows up loving books. In all honesty, she’s kind of a super nerd and doesn’t seem to have many friends other than her books. She collects so many books that there isn’t room anywhere in her house anymore. (It’s a little a la that show Hoarders on TLC…) Then one day, Elizabeth Brown walks into town and donates all her books to the town for free. They turn her house into a library and Elizabeth Brown moves in with a friend and continues to read, read, read. (So evidently she did get out enough to meet a few people.)
I read this book at the beginning of the year every year with my first grade friends. (It makes a super first or second grade read aloud.) I mean, I totally get Elizabeth Brown and her love of all things book. We would totally nerd out together in real life. Can’t you picture it? The rhyming pattern provides a great opportunity for some Word Study as well and you know how I love that.
Another great round up of books in my opinion! Mini Mimi better watch out – her mom has been waiting YEARS to share all her favorite books with her and the list just keeps on growing. Barnsey, here I come!!
Enjoy your weekends fellow book lovers (or should I say crack heads?)!