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 I really like the message of this book! 😀
Theme/Topic – Jealousy/appreciating others
Opening and Synopsis –
Things were quiet on the Tuckers’ Farm.
The cows chewed their cud.
The hens clucked and pecked and laid their eggs.
The old hound stretched out on the porch, watching and listening.
Once in a while someone would stop to buy tomatoes or corn, perhaps a quart of milk.
Nothing unusual happened here.
…that peacock showed up.
When a peacock shows up on the Tuckers’ farm, he doesn’t know what to do. So, he spreads his feathers and makes a lot of noise and headed towards the road. Suddenly, people show up at the Tuckers’ farm and buy things from their farmer’s stand. Everyone is happy… except the hens. They’re jealous because all he does is shriek and walk around while they do all of the work! So, the old hound proposes a swap of jobs! The hens are happy, or are they?
Why I liked this book – The message of this book is awesome! The “Just be yourself” message never gets old, especially when told in fun ways! I like how the old hound is the “wise old man” in this book! The illustrations are magnificent! Look!
I like how the hens dress up to be fancy like the peacock. 😉 I like the writing style a lot, it’s funny but teaches a great lesson. I think kids 4+ would like this book!
Activities and Resources –
Crayola has a great activity where kids can make a colorful peacock drawing using their own hand prints. Click HERE to go to it.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!
BONUS!!! “Being Frank” by Donna W. Earnhardt – shout-out! This is a book I would have nominated for a perfect picture book, but Jennifer Rumberger already beat me to it! 😉 Visit Ms. Rumberger’s blog HERE and check out her PPBF review of “Being Frank”.
by Donna W. Earnhardt
Illustrated by Andrea Castellani
32 pages – ages 5+
Published by Flashlight Press on September 26, 2012
Frank’s motto was “Honesty is the best Policy”. He always told the truth. He told his teacher she had bad breath, his mom that she had wrinkles, etc. Everyone was angry with him, except for the police men, because he told him the truth (yes, his mom knew she was speeding). Frank goes to his grandpa and asks for help and advice. His grandpa knows just what to do. He shows Frank how you can be honest but kind at the same time.
I wish I had this book when I was younger! I totally had a Frank problem! My parents say I used to have “no filter.” I remember it was hard for me to understand why being honest all the time wasn’t a good thing. This book explains it well. I think other kids would be helped by this book! I love how Frank is just honest and a good kid, but he just doesn’t get why people are mad at him. Grandpa explains everything really well.