Perfect Picture Book Friday-Goldilocks and Just One Bear

Last week I fell completely, totally, helplessly in love…
with this book!

Goldilocks and Just One Bear

Written and Illustrated by Leigh Hodgkinson

Publisher: Candlewick Press (Nosy Crow) 2012

Ages 4-8

Themes: Fractured Fairy Tale

Synopsis: (From Goodreads) In this award-winning authorillustrator’s witty sequel to the traditional Goldilocks story, Little Bear is all grown up and Goldilocks is a distant memory. One day, Little Bear wanders out of the woods and finds himself lost in the Big City. Will he find the city too noisy? Too quiet? Or just right? And what are the chances of him bumping in to someone who remembers exactly how he likes his porridge?

Opening: Once upon a time, there was this bear. One minute he was lolloping around, all happy-go-lucky…The next minute he hadn’t one crumb-of-a-clue where he was.He was one COMPLETELY lost bear. The bear didn’t much like this place. Too many bright lights and not enough twigs. Too much loud honking and beeping and not nearly enough owl hooting.

Want to have a look inside? You must!!! Go HERE to Nosy Crow and see the first few pages. The text and art are so adorable that you will run straight to the bookstore and buy this book!!!!

Resources: Writing activity for grades 3-8 is found HERE.
Read, Write, Think has this great tool for writing fractured fairy tales, HERE.
I found a fractured fairy tale book list HERE, but it isn’t completely updated because Goldilocks and Just One Bear isn’t one it. But it would be extremely helpful when covering fractured fairy tales with children.
Collage Goldilocks or Bear or Both-HERE on Leigh Hodgkinson’s blog. HERE are some excellent examples.

Why I Like This Book: Fractured fairy tales rank high on my list. This is done “just right.” I loved this new twist on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The humor will not be lost on kids or adults. The illustrations are a mixed-media, retro style and make the story just that much more fun! I read this book in a bookstore. It drew me to a chair where I sat and read it two more times and then hugged it…I’m not kidding! It’s quirky and charming and you will love the way Leigh Hodgkinson gives you a completely new happy ending.

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, or just looking for a great book to read. Here is a list of books by category. Each book listed has a link to a review, information about that book, and resources for activities. There is also an alphabetical list.

International Dot Day

Every day is a good day to celebrate creativity in the classroom and all that it unlocks and unleashes for students and teachers. But since 2009, one day – September 15 — has become a great day for teachers, students and people everywhere to re-commit and re-connect to the power and potential that creativity brings to all we do. Learn more about International Dot Day HERE. Find ideas for your classroom HERE.

Get inspired.

Find more inspiration HERE.

View Celebri-Dots HERE.

I love to doodle while I am thinking up ideas for my stories and poems. So I decided  to doodle my dot to represent my favorite way to be creative—writing.

In honor of International Dot Day and to celebrate creativity, here is my dot.

Happy International Dot Day~Penny Klostermann

Perfect Picture Book Friday-The Monster Who Lost His Mean

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, or just looking for a great book to read. Here is a list of books by category. Each book listed has a link to a review, information about that book, and resources for activities. There is also an alphabetical list.

Now for this week’s review!

The Monster Who Lost His Mean

Written by Tiffany Strelitz Haber

Illustrated by Kirstie Edmunds

Henry Holt and Co. 2012

Ages: 4-8

Themes: Monsters, Friendship, Belonging

Synopsis: (from Tiffany Strelitz Haber’s site)  The Monster Who Lost His Mean, is a fun, rhyming picture book about a monster who lost his “M.” When his “M” goes missing, his “meanness” and monster friends do too! This picture book tells the story of how sometimes, when things get lost, bigger and better things can be found.

Opening Lines:
Monsters are a spooky bunch—
a scary, hairy group.
They run in packs, leave giant tracks,
and dine on eyeball soup.

Mean, Observant, Noisy,
super Strong, and Tough-to-please,
Envious, Remarkable,
a monster’s all of these!

One day, a monster’s M went missing,
gone without a trace!
And every M is custom-made,
the kind you can’t replace.

Here is a book trailer that came out before the book was released, but you can’t miss it! It is too cute!

Resources: Tiffany has activites on her site. HERE is a coloring page. And HERE  is a maze. HERE is page to talk about Onster’s feelings and let children share their own feelings with a drawing. And since the beginning of the book gives a descriptive word for each letter in the word Monster, it would fit in nicely to let children come up with descriptive words for each letter of their name for an acrostic activity.

Why I Like This Book: What’s not to like???? The rhyme is perfection and all kinds of fun! The illustrations are colorful and delightful.  And, most important, the book tells a great story of  a monster who who loses his mean and doesn’t miss it after all.

And since I think this book is  EXCELLENT, I had to have a little fun with my review and do an acrostic of my own.

Every line and every rhyme—impeccable and fun.
Xtra-special illustrations hit a BIG home run.
Charming Onster steals your heart and you’ll be filled with pride,
Extolling choices that he makes, his meanness put aside.
Laughter and delight will reign when reading it aloud,
Leading to demands of, “More!” from the happy crowd.
Eventually you’ll close the book and sit and think and smile—
Not missing Onster’s “M” at all and
Thrilled by Onster’s style.

Perfect Picture Book Friday-Light Up The Night

Yea! Perfect Picture Book Friday is back! And I am very excited about the first book I chose to review for this fall.

Light Up The Night

Written by Jean Reidy

Illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

Hyperion Book  2011

Ages: 4-8

Themes: Space, Adventure, Bedtime

Synopsis: (from Goodreads) As he’s settling down for bed, a young boy embarks on an adventure—to the stars, around his planet, across the country, down his street and right back to bed—all in his imagination, without ever leaving the comfort and security of his room.

Opening Lines:
This is my universe.
These are my galaxy stars so bright—
they light up the heavens late at night
in my own little piece of the universe.
These are the planets that circle the sun,
which hides its face when the day is done,
while stars glow bright
and light up the night,
in my own little piece of the universe.

Resources: Teacher’s Guide from Jean Reidy’s website. This is an excellent resource with many activities relating to Light Up the Night.

Why I Like This Book: Light Up the Night is magically imaginative, and at the same time, it is educational. When I taught school, the second grade curriculum included the concept of my city/town, my state, my country, my continent, etc. This is an extremely  hard concept for students to comprehend. When I read this book, I wanted to jump up and down at Jean Reidy‘s genius of bringing the concept to life. I immediately shared it with the teachers I taught with. Here you have a cumulative verse written in the style of This is the House That Jack Built, that rhymes perfectly and draws the reader into the boy’s universe in a personalized “Google earth” sort of way! His cozy red and white quilt becomes all modes of transportation as the boy journeys in his own little piece of the universe. The illustrations by Margaret Chodos-Irvine are out-of-this-world perfect for the text. Just look at the cover and prepare to be wowed even further as you linger on each spread taking in her artwork.

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.