Perfect Picture Book Friday! Emeraldalicious By Victoria Kann

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because Earth Day is on Monday, and this is a great book to teach a greenerific lesson with!


By Victoria Kann

40 pages – ages 4 – 8

Published by HarperCollins on January 29, 2013

Theme/Topic – Environment/ Recycling

Opening and Synopsis – Taken from the inside jacket –

“When Pinkalicious and Peter decide to visit their favorite park, they find that it’s no longer their favorite place – the park is now filled with stinky trash! So Pinkalicious decides to make an extra-special wand out of flowers. Now whenever Pinkalicious makes a wish, adds a little love and recites a pinkatastic rhyme, something amazing happens: It’s pinkerrific magic!”

Why I liked this book –  This is an awesome book for Earth Day! It gives the message; care for your environment and recycle! The illustrations are fabulous as with all of Ms. Kann’s books. I really like Pinkalicious’ cape, wand, and tiara that were made from flowers and plants. I really like how the story shows that you can re-use some of the “junk” lying around and make it into something great. I think everyone should do more of that. I think kids (girls AND boys – remember, Peter is there too!) 4+ would really like this book!

Activities and Resources –

Go out to your favorite park, and clean up any trash you see, so that park doesn’t become as bad as the park in the one in the book!

Cub Pack 16, From the Harvey Scott Grade Schoo...

Cub Pack 16, From the Harvey Scott Grade School in Portland Cleaning Up Beach Litter at Sauvie Island on the Columbia River 04/1973 (Photo credit: The U.S. National Archives)

Re-use, Reduce, and Recycle! Talk about the 3 R’s with your child. Maybe do some of them too?

Crystal earth recycle icon

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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37 replies

  1. Trying to leave the world a better place is what it’s all about. Greenerific thanks, Erik!

  2. This is a perfect book for Earth Day. And, of course, cleaning up the park is a great Earth Day recommendation!

  3. When my daughter was little, she would have grabbed up this book based on the cover alone!

  4. I’m going to check that book out, Erik. I hope I can whip up or find an Earth poem for Monday and I’ll link to this post. Have a great weekend!

  5. Such a great selection to explain earth day to young children. And, it shows action that all kids can take to help our planet be a better place. Nice review and suggested activities.

  6. Great Earth Day choice, Erik! And great Earth Day activity for all!

  7. Awesome! I love books that promote being kind to our planet. My whole school is doing an Earth Day activity newt week. Each grade level picks something to do to help our planet and to do one of the three Rs. I love it! I will pass this book on to the other teachers.

  8. Great Earth Day book, Erik. I like to clean up trash. I eat it!

    Love and licks,

  9. Just as Halloween was delayed in your town due to weather, so has our Earth Day been delayed. We got 24″ of snow. Anything is worth having a snow day from school! I’d like one of those wands too!

  10. Emeraldalicious, what agreat title! I love this concept and the message of recycling is great.

  11. Whew! I can’t even say that title! Who would have thought that Pinkalicious would have such an important message. That girl is something else! I try to pick up all the trash I can find. Thanks for sharing this book! I’ll have to check it out!

  12. Another great eco book to add to my wish list. Thanks, Erik!

  13. Really love this theme. So very important for the future.

  14. It looks like a cute and new take on caring for the environment.

  15. Reduce, reuse, recycle – always glad to hear about a new book that promotes these things!

  16. A great choice Erik! Showing how kids and everyone can help keep the environment safe. A slight twist to my choice, which is reuse old toys. 🙂

  17. Thanks for the trackback, Erik! And I love your PPBF choice! The photo from 1973 brought back some incredible memories for me…I have a pic of my oldest son (age 2 at the time I think) dragging a huge garbage bag during an Earth Day river cleanup in Connecticut back in the early 70’s.


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