Perfect Picture Book Friday! Ava’s Adventure by Laura Pedersen

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 seems to realistically capture how a young child thinks when it comes to being disappointed.

avasAva’s Adventure

by Laura Pedersen

Illustrated by Penny Weber

32 pages – ages 5+
Published by Tilbury House Publishers on September 3, 2014

Theme/Topic- Disappointment / imagination

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening – “Bye, Ava! Bye, Lucas!

Synopsis (publisher’s description) – “Disappointed that she can’t go on a snowboarding trip with her friend, Ava escapes to her room, where she finds that the power of imagination and her own creativity take her farther than any snowboard could. At the same time, she learns that life’s tradeoffs aren’t all bad.

Why I liked this book- This is a marvelous picture book. I like that it shows that life isn’t all unicorns and rainbows (and donuts). Ava is a realistic girl, and teaches a nice lesson without being preachy. In the book, even though her parents say ‘No’, and Ava can’t go, besides being upset that she can’t go, Ava is still nice to her parents (after throwing a minor fit). Ava comes to realize not getting what she wants isn’t the end of the world. The illustrations are very well-done water color, and really portray the characters’ emotions. Ms. Pedersen has written a great book!

Activities and Resources- I think it is a good idea to read this story BEFORE a disappointment happens then you can talk about what Ava did and how, even though she was disappointed, she had a really great time.

As part of the story, you could ask, “If you were Ava, what kinds of things would you find to do in your room?”

The Mrs. Picasso’s Art Room blog has TONS of great Winter-themed craft and art ideas – I really like the Popsicle stick snowflakes. Check it out – click HERE!

Want to know more? Check out Ms. Pedersen’s website HERE!

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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18 replies

  1. Sounds like some good skills to learn!

  2. I like more mature/realistic picture book stories, too (as well as quirky and fun ones). This sounds great.

  3. This seems like it could also be used for much older kids than usual for PBs. That’s terrific!

  4. I like your suggestion to share/read the picture book before a situation occurs. Sounds like a realistic book for kids — one that parents will welcome.

  5. I agree with Patricia books on this topic are welcomed. Too bad life can’t be filled with donuts.

  6. Everyone has to deal with disappointment sooner or later. It’s good to be able to do it in a constructive way. No biting, no growling, and no hiding behind the big chair in the living room. I will definitely read this book with Mom to see if Ava has any good tips for me….

    Love and licks,

  7. Beautiful book Erik! It’s true life isn’t all roses and we can’t always have our own way. Liked you idea of reading it before it happens. Must check this one out.

  8. This looks great! I’m a huge fan of reading picture books to my son about some event/emotion/fact-of-life before it happens. It consistently makes a huge difference in how he responds. I will definitely be keeping an eye out on this book! Thank you for sharing!

  9. I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award (which I may have done in the past??). Check out my blog post today for details. Love getting your book ideas. Caitlin

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