Hi everyone! I just wanted to give you a Renn update before I get to my pick for a perfect picture book. Renn had the surgery to remove the part of his brain. He is doing really well considering what he’s been through. The Telles family still has a long way to go so keep your prayers and good-thoughts coming! I am going to announce the total donations I collected for my Reading for Renn challenge (to read about it click HERE) soon so if you wanted to or pledged to donate, please do so. There is a donation button on my Reading for Renn post at the bottom of the page (click HERE).
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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 it is very cute and it has beautiful illustrations.
by Laurel Heger
Illustrated by Monette Pangan
32 pages – ages 4+
Published by Anchor Group on October 18, 2013
Theme/Topic – Friendship / gardening
Genre – Friendship story
Opening and Synopsis – Taken from the back cover –
“With cranberry season upon them, Fox and Rabbit are hard at work harvesting cranberries to take to market. Later that evening, an out of the ordinary visitor pokes around looking for a warm place to rest, causing quite a ruckus in…
Fox and Rabbit’s Cranberry Surprise.”
Fox and Rabbit work very hard at gathering cranberries. A little visitor accidentally ruins a lot of their work. But Fox and Rabbit show the visitor kindness instead of anger.
Why I liked this book – I love that the story involves friends that are a fox and a rabbit (Fox and Rabbit become friends in the first book of this series “Fox and Rabbit’s Garden” which you can read about below). This story has the main characters, Fox and Rabbit, showing kindness and friendship to a stranger (a little hedgehog) who accidentally ruins part of their harvest. It is a nice message. The illustrations are marvelous and go very well with the story. I also like the gardening / harvesting theme in the book.
Activities and Resources –
I didn’t have to go far for activities because there is a recipe for homemade cranberry sauce in the back of the book. I can’t wait to try it out!
Fox and Rabbit’s Garden
By Laurel Heger
Illustrated by Monette Pangan
26 pages – ages 4+
Published by Anchor Group April 7, 2013
BONUS! I got to ask Ms. Heger some questions about her books!
Laurel: Hello Erik. Thank you for inviting us here in support of “Perfect Picture Book” Friday.
It’s a real pleasure.
Erik: What inspired you to write stories about a fox and rabbit becoming friends?
Laurel: That is quite a long story Erik. I crafted a tale about a rabbit tending his garden, at the request of a friend. His daughter creates exquisite clay figurines and we were hoping to use them alongside his illustrations. After sending the finished story, another ending was suggested. I went back to the drawing board to add an extremely sly and hungry fox with intentions of having rabbit stew for his supper. However, the rabbit proved to be the real sly one by killing the fox’s idea with kindness.
Upon sending the revision, my friend’s daughter had returned to school and did not have time to create more figurines. My friend suggested I search for another illustrator, so I contacted, Monette Pangan, who I worked with previously. Monette loved the story, and as a result, we now have two wonderful picture books published for children to enjoy.
Erik: I noticed that Fox and Rabbit are Goodwill Ambassadors for the Seattle Farmers Market. Can you tell me about that?
Laurel: Yes! Fox and Rabbit are Goodwill Ambassadors to the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance of Seattle’s seven locations, the Farmers Market in Shelton Washington and the Bainbridge Island Farmers Market. We provide them with posters & coloring sheets based on our books, plus an added page with Fox and Rabbit as vendors for their kids’ activities tents.
”Fox and Rabbit” help raise awareness concerning the significance in shopping local farmers markets:
- You meet the people who grow your food; “fresh from the farm”
- Discover innovative cooking tips & mealtime ideas.
- Provide a sense of community as a platform for that awareness
The sequel to Fox and Rabbit’s Garden (A Tale of the Rabbit-less Stew) has just been released: “Fox and Rabbit’s Cranberry Surprise.” We’ve added an additional homeless character –Hedgehog– to the story. It will be an introduction to a third book with Fox & Rabbit at the market.
Erik: Do you have a garden (we do ;))?
Laurel: Way to go, Erik!
I did not have a home garden this year. Most of my efforts revolved around the books and marketing. I did partake in the cranberry harvest. Cranberries are a major commercial crop on the coast of Washington state, where I live. It turned out to be a wonderful season and ended with a celebratory annual festival, “The 20th Annual Grayland Cranberry Harvest Festival.”
Thank you again for having us!
Adorn a tree in your yard with cranberry treats.
- String cranberries, along with shelled peanuts using heavy cotton thread and a needle.
The real fun is to watch for any visitors that may show up looking for a tasty nibble.