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 nice book about trying to be the best you can be.
The Bad Seed
Written by Jory John
Illustrated by Pete Oswald
40 pages – ages 4+
Published by HarperCollins on August 29, 2017
Theme/Topic- Being kind/Change
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “I’m a bad seed. A baaaaaaaaaaad seed.”
Synopsis from Publisher: “This is a book about a bad seed. A baaaaaaaaaad seed. How bad? Do you really want to know? He has a bad temper, bad manners, and a bad attitude. He’s been bad since he can remember!”
What I Thought- I really enjoyed this book – I like how it shows us how the seed is bad, then it tells us why he became bad, and finally how he came to the decision to be nicer. I also really appreciate how the book shows readers that it’s okay not to be perfect as soon as you decide to change; it makes sure kids know it takes time, and you just need to keep trying. It really is a great book. The illustrations are nice, simple, and have a way of drawing your eye across the page, using muted colors and stark contrast. I really enjoyed all the parts of this book!
Activities and Resources- I found a nice article with 35 seed activities HERE from Fantasticfunandlearning.com!
Check out the book’s trailer!
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