Perfect Picture Book Friday! The Stick by Clay Rice AND New Write Chat Episode!

Happy Friday!

Before I get to my Perfect Picture Book Pick, I wanted to ask that, after you are done here, click on over to The Write Chat, the Vlog that Felicia (kid author and creator of the Stanley and Katrina blog) and I started. We are interviewing – the Uber-Author CHRIS GRABENSTEIN!!!



Now back to your regularly scheduled review.

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 uniquely encourages imagination and creation!

thestickThe Stick

By Clay Rice

32 pages – ages 4+

Published by Familius on September 20, 2014


Genre- Fiction / Imagination

Opening and Synopsis- Opening – “Once there was a boy who had no toys to play with. The other children had lots of toys. Every afternoon, the boy would go to the park, sit under a big tree, and watch the other children play. Sometimes they let the boy play with their toys. Sometimes not.”

Synopsis – From the inside jacket: When a young boy finds a stick on the ground, and reads the inspiring words carved into it, his life begins to change as he fulfills lifelong dreams and discovers the truth about giving.

Why I liked this book- This is the ultimate book about imagination. The book is totally narrated (no dialogue) and it add to the fable feeling of the story. It makes you feel nice inside. I like how there is a cycle, which explains how the boy got the stick, but not how the stick came to be (I like the mysteriousness of it). The boy is an underprivileged kid, who gets the ultimate toy – a stick – but not really -it is his imagination. The silhouette illustrations are amazing. They really add a neat perspective to this marvelous book!

Activities and Resources- 

Imagination play is very cool. After reading the books, give kids their own stick (or another object) and ask them to pretend it is something or pretend they are someone else.  How many different things can their stick be?

There is a cool activity over at PBS Kids that shows kids how to make their own silhouettes. Click HERE to go THERE!

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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26 replies

  1. This one looks perfect for a boy I know. Thanks for recommending it.

  2. This looks fabulous, Erik. The cover is really arty and with a theme I applaud.

  3. What a beautiful and intriguing cover. I love books that encourage kids to use their imaginations. Reminds me how much fun young kids have with a box. This would be a fabulous book for a snowy day. Great suggestions.

  4. This sounds fab, Erik. I’ll have to check out that interview since I’ve read that book about a library.

  5. I like fables and am already sold on the cover – you know how it is with me!

  6. This looks fantastic, Erik, I can’t wait to see it! Also, I’m right in the middle of reading Mr. Lemoncello’s library – reading aloud with my son but I have read ahead – and LOVED your interview with Chris Grabenstein. Just tweeted about it!

  7. Oh! I love a good stick!! Even a not so good stick! And I love kids who play with sticks! Especially if they include me! I’ll have to check this book out! Thanks Erik!

  8. Love the cover! This reminds me of how you can give kids empty cardboard boxes that can then become whatever they want to make with them, something I’m a big fan of. This sounds like a great book!

  9. Oh, Erik – this one looks fabulous! SUPER find – am definitely gonna get my hands on it. Thanks!

  10. Sticks are famously fun – after all, “Pooh sticks”. My kids were always playing with sticks. And mud. which together can make some pretty cool constructions.

  11. This sounds and looks like a wonderful book, Erik! Excellent review! Just ordered it from my library, but I get the feeling I may end up having it in my PERsonal library. Thank you 😀

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