Why do I adore this book? It is very lighthearted, but has depth. This is a wonderful book to SPRING off of at the beginning of the year. What is happiness for you?
This rhyming book talks about how we start with a small circle (being the individual) and how our circles grow as we get older and meet more people.
The Hike: (Nature Book for Kids, Outdoors-Themed Picture Book for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners) Hardcover – Picture Book, October 8, 2019 by Alison Farrell (Author)
After I read this book, I purchased it immediately. This book is a whimsical story of three sisters who spend a day in the woods together. Safety issues aside, I love how they interact, the speech bubbles and how the illustrator labels all of the different plants and animals.
The Remember Balloons Hardcover – Picture Book, August 28, 2018 by Jessie Oliveros (Author), Dana Wulfekotte (IllustratoR)
SUMMARY: Written By Chat GPT4: "The Remember Balloons" is a touching picture book written by Jessie Oliveros and illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte, published on August 28, 2018. The story follows a young boy named James, who shares a close bond with his grandfather. In this heartfelt tale, memories are symbolized by balloons, and each individual has balloons filled with their own unique memories.
As the grandfather grows older, he begins to lose his balloons, symbolizing his struggle with memory loss and dementia. James initially doesn't understand why this is happening, but he gradually comes to grasp the situation. The story sensitively deals with aging, memory, and the connection between generations, offering a gentle and compassionate way to introduce children to these complex themes. The illustrations by Dana Wulfekotte add depth and emotion to the narrative, making it an engaging and thoughtful read for children and adults alike.
I absolutely ADORE this book! It is so perfect for the beginning of the year when we are talking about our "schema" and background knowledge.
I adore this book! Fetterer is the author and illustrator. The illustrations are bold and beautiful in the style of Vincent Van Gogh. There is even a cameo of Van Gogh in the book.
Emile is a cat that lives at home with his couple. Their life is simple and he is happy.
But one day he sees a butterfly outside of his window and simply must go exploring. He meets up with other cats and finds much color on his journey.
Once he returns home, color comes into the home. "Emile had brought color into the house." The man got paints and paintbrushes, the woman bought flowers and the house was never grey again.
Moral of the story:
Bring more color into your world!
When Macy is asked to tell her classmates about her family, she focuses on their different kinds of hair.
This story has certain words that are in blue and are bold. Why do you think the author chose to highlight those words?
What is a family affair for your family? (cleaning, playing, gardening)
Show this beautiful Oscar awarded short movie by Matthew A. Cherry along as a companion:
Jill A. Hostetler
I love books so much! My particular loves are children's books and professional books that catch my fancy. One thing that keeps me happy and sane as a teacher is being able to get tons of books from the library and share them with my students. I have tried different ways to keep track of my books, but here's another attempt. We'll se if I can make this one fly!