I know, I know – you are saying “But Erik, it’s Thursday!”
Well yes, BUT in some parts of the world it is Friday and tomorrow (Friday here) I have a special creative kid post that has to get posted on Friday and I have a great picture book to tell you about so I am going to pretend I am blogging from Australia and it’s already Friday.
Before I get to my PPBF pick, I want to tell you about an interview that Tomato and Pea did (yes, Tomato and Pea, the characters from my book)! Click HERE to join up with character book club where Tomato and Pea are interviewed by Taylor Davis of The Flame of Findul!
NEXT I have a winner to announce!
I was lucky to get a great prize pack for the 45th Anniversary of Eric Carle’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
Congratulations Ms. Greenley! I will be emailing you to get your address.
Now onto PPBF!
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 of the unique point of view of this bullying story.
By Lisa Flynn
Illustrated by Josefina Hernandez
Available as an ebook – ages 5+
Published by Twigs Publishing on December 15, 2013
Genre- Fiction/help book
Opening and Synopsis-
“Nightingale kicked at the dirt with his nightingale feet, while fat, sad nightingale tears rolled down his tiny, feathered cheeks. A very rare thing, as nightingales generally don’t cry.”
Nightingale lost his voice but not because he was bullied, it was because he stood by and did nothing when a schoolmate was bullied. Nightingale didn’t do the right thing and lost his courage and his voice. His woodland friends help him find his voice and his courage again.
Why I liked this book- This is a really sweet story. I like the different telling of a bullying story in it – the MC wasn’t bullied but stood by while someone else was. Nightingale is a character you really end up caring for. I think kids will understand how scared and sad he feels. The illustrations are very well done. They add to the feeling of the story. I like how Nightingale’s friends help him find his voice again. I love the message – we have a voice to say things, and we should try to say the right things.
Activities and Resources-
The Cartoon Network has a whole campaign called “Stop Bullying: Speak Up!” There are tips for parents, kids and teachers about how to speak up if you see bullying. There are a ton of activities including videos with different scenarios and examples of what to do in situations. Click HERE to go to the site.
The Office Depot Foundation also has a program called “Be The Difference. Speak Up Against Bullying.” They teamed up with he music group One Direction to spread the word about what kids can do about bullying. At the website (click HERE) you can find tips and videos about what to do in bullying situations.
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To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!