Before we get to my choice for Perfect Picture Book Friday, I want to thank Diane for presenting me with not one, but two awards this week. Thanks, Diane, for the Kreative Blogger Award and for the Sunshine Award. Visit Diane at her blog, here, to read great stuff about writing.
Accepting the awards requires that I answer some questions. I saw that there were different questions for each award, so I chose my favorite ones. :•)Favorite color: Today it is purple Favorite animal: Cats Favorite Cat: Otis Favorite number: Seven Favorite non-alcoholic drink: Water and an occasional Coke Prefer Facebook or Twitter: Facebook My passion: Writing, family, friends Prefer getting or giving presents: Giving Favorite pattern: AABB or possibly ABAB or sometimes ABBA (Hee! Hee! What can I say…I’m a rhymer!) Favorite day of the week: Saturday~No alarm :•) Favorite flower: Gerber Daisies
Now on to make favorite time of the week Perfect Picture Book Friday. This week, I have chosen to review I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track.
Written by Joshua Prince and Illustrated by Macky Pamintuan
Publisher: Sterling 2006
Themes: Humor, Rhyme, Cause and Effect
Synopsis: (from Amazon) When Switchman Jack sees a black ant strolling down the railroad track in search of a snack, he tries to reroute a 10-ton freight train. However, the switch is stuck, and, just when readers start to worry that there will be an ant-astrophe, the tale takes a turn.
Opening Lines:“Well, I saw an ant on the railroad track. The rail was bright. The ant was black. He was walking along, tickety-tack. (That’s the sound of an ant on a railroad track.)
A Few of the Lines I Couldn’t Resist:Now an eastbound ant will run right smack into a westbound train on an westbound track if the switchman working the switchman’s shack doesn’t switch that ant to a different track.
Resources: Listen Along Storybook I didn’t find other resources, but this book would add a fun element to a unit on insects, or to a unit on transportation. This books seems to use every single word that ends with “ack”, so it would be handy in a rhyming unit. Also…if little hobo ant doesn’t get his carcass off the railroad track, he will be smacked…pretty clear cause and effect. There are other instances of cause and effect in the story, also.
Why I Like This Book: I love rhyme. A good rhyming book has a meter that is irresistible and that is exactly what this book has. The train-like cadence brings the tension alive as the reader wonders how in the world the Ant will stay in this world. The humor comes alive as Switchman Jack puts forth his best effort to save one little ant. This is a perfect read aloud. The illustrations are just beautiful. The illustrator, Macky Pamintuan, does a wonderful job with perspectives from a tiny ant to a brawny switchman to a huge freight train.
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.