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 a motivating story about a man who changed history!
I actually have two book reviews here today! The second book I am going to review is How to Be a Bigger Bunny by By Wendell and Florence Minor. I did have this book scheduled for today but the great Miss Marple beat me to nominating it! I guess that means it really is a perfect picture book if everyone is nominating it! 😉
Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History
Written by Walter Dean Myers
Illustrated by Floyd Cooper
40 pages – ages 5+
Published by HarperCollins on January 24, 2017
Theme/Topic- Perseverance / Standing up for your beliefs
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “This is the story of how one man’s careful decisions and many accomplishments not only made his own life better but in many ways changed the history of America”
Synopsis from Publisher: “Frederick Douglass was a self-educated slave in the South who grew up to become an icon. He was a leader of the abolitionist movement, a celebrated writer, an esteemed speaker, and a social reformer, proving that, as he said, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.””
What I Thought- Myers has written a great picture book biography. I like that it delves into the evil of slavery, but in a completely age-appropriate manner. The book mentions how it affected Douglass, and how he overcame it. It covers major points in Douglass’ life, and how he always used his words to speak up. Cooper’s illustrations are perfect for the story, making it realistic with a stunning historic quality to them. The book is a bit lengthy, seeing as it is a very informative biography, and would make a good book for an introduction to a topic in school. There is also a page in the back with information on Douglass, going into more depth than the book. Douglass was an inspiring man, and this book definitely captures his spirit!
Activities and Resources- Biography.com has a page about Frederick Douglass – if you want to learn more, you can go HERE.
Allprodad.com has a great list on ways to help your children be able to stand up for what is right HERE.
Read a sample at the publisher’s website HERE.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!
Now on to How to Be A Bigger Bunny!
How to Be a Bigger Bunny
By Wendell and Florence Minor (co-authors)
32 pages – ages 4+
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 24, 2017
Synopsis- Tickles was the smallest bunny in her family, and her siblings would always leave her behind when they went on adventures. Tickles always ended up reading in her favorite reading spot. She reads about bunnies that teach her to be brave, courageous, and persistent. So when her bunny family doesn’t come back late at night, Tickles realizes she must find them. But what can a bunny do when they’re trapped in a log with a large rock on the end?
What I thought – First off I love the name of the small bunny – Tickles! It just makes you smile! I also love that Tickles likes to read. She relies on stories to help save the day when her family is in trouble. The story is sweet and there is a lot of fun word play. The illustrations are lush and pleasing to look at. The pacing of the story is spot on and will keep kids wanting to know what happens next. Tickles may be the smallest bunny but she certainly leaves a big impression!
Five of five book worms!