This week, I have chosen Bubble Trouble for Perfect Picture Book Friday.
Publisher: Clarion Books 2008
Themes: Humor, Imagination
Synopsis: (from book jacket) When little Mabel’s bubble gets away from her, it’s her baby brother who gets into trouble. Soon he’s floating out of the house, above the fence, and all over town! And it’s up to Mabel, Mother, and the rest of the townspeople to get him safely back down. Who knew that so much trouble could come from one little bubble?
Opening Lines:Little Mabel blew a bubble, and it caused a lot of trouble… Such a lot of trouble in a bibble-bobble way. For it broke away from Mabel as it bobbed across the table, where it bobbled over Baby, and it wafted him away. The baby didn’t quibble. He began to smile and dribble, for he liked the wibble-wobble of the bubble in the air. But Mabel ran for cover as the bubble bobbed above her, and she shouted out for Mother, who was putting up her hair. At the sudden call of trouble, Mother took off at the double,
for the squealing left her reeling, made her terrified and tense,
saw the bubble for a minute, with the baby bobbing in it,
as it bibbled by the letterbox and bobbed across the fence.
Resources: I didn’t find resources, as such. I did find this list of Lesson Ideas.
- Write tongue twisters
- Blow bubbles
- Stop the story midway through and ask children to write their solution to the bubble dilemma
- Word families and rhymes
Why I Like This Book: As you can see from the opening lines, this is rhyming at its best. This book just sings. The rhythm and meter drew me into the silly, playful story from the first line. As the bubble floats through town, everyone tries to help save Baby. The names are so much fun to say: Chrysta Gribble and her lazy brother, Greville; Tybal and his jolly mother, Sybil; crumpled Mr. Copple and feeble Mrs. Threeble. All of this makes for a rollicking romp that will involve the entire neighborhood. The illustrations are beautiful and perfect. The art along with the text will have you bouncing along page after page. This book begs to be read aloud!
Susanna Leonard Hill features Perfect Picture Book Friday on her blog. This is a wonderful resource if you are wondering what books to give as gifts, needing material for a lesson, and mainly just perfect for those who love to read picture books. Here is a list of books by category. This is very handy for finding books for lessons in the classroom, or for finding books on a particular topic to discuss with your children at home. Each book listed has a link to a review and information about that book. There is also an alphabetical list if you scroll down past the category list.