Red A Crayon’s Story

Red A Crayon’s Story

Here’s my selection for Perfect Picture Book Friday:
I hope this is not a repeat. Sometimes my “random” pick up books at the library blurs with the PPBF list pick ups. I love this book!

Red A Crayon’s Story
Author and Illustrator Michael Hall
Green willow Books, 2015
Suitable for ages: 4-8
Theme/Topic: Labels, Colors, Fitting in, Being Yourself

Opening Spreads:
He was red  … [page turn]
But he wasn’t very good at it.
[A side comment from Olive crayon “Oh dear.”]

Brief Synopsis: From the Michael Hall’s site — Red has a bright red label, but he is, in fact, blue. His teacher tries to help him be red (let’s draw strawberries!), his mother tries to help him be red by sending him out on a playdate with a yellow classmate (go draw a nice orange!), and the scissors try to help him be red by snipping his label so that he has room to breathe. But Red is miserable. He just can’t be red, no matter how hard he tries! Finally, a brand-new friend offers a brand-new perspective, and Red discovers what readers have known all along. He’s blue! This funny, heartwarming, colorful picture book about finding the courage to be true to your inner self can be read on multiple levels, and it offers something for everyone!

Resources: An activity sheet from the publisher.

Why I Like This: Red tries to fit in. The label clearly says Red, but his color is not red. Michael Hall uses simple  drawings to show how Red is trying. Eventually, the color Berry,  gives Red an opportunity to shine and be himself. Pencil makes a wonderful narrator too! I love the story, the illustration, the asides from the other crayons to pull you through the story. This is a fun one to read and study!

For more PPBF books, visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s Blog.

Happy Spring!

A Penguin Story

A Penguin Story

I SURVIVED! I took a two-week break to power through a special reading project (I can share that later in June); the silent auction at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference; a pitch appointment being canceled and transforming into an eight-minute-edit session with an editor (yipee); and polishing  two contest entries.
I return, as promised, with PENGUIN books!
Here’s my Perfect Picture Book Friday choice:

A Penguin Story
Written and Illustrated by Antoinette Portis
Harper Collins Publishers, 2009
Suitable for: 4-8
Themes/Topics: Discovery, Animals, Research, Colors/Environment, Community

Opening Lines: White, thinks Edna. Like yesterday.
Black. Like tomorrow.

Synopsis from Amazon: Edna the penguin only knows the three colors that surround her: white ice, black night, and blue sea. She is convinced there is something more out there. So she sets out on a quest—a quest for color. When she finally finds what she’s been looking for, it’s everything she hoped for and more. But that doesn’t mean she will ever stop looking.

Link to Resources: Here’s a link to Everything You Need with a really cute foam penguin craft. You can also be like Edna and look at the colors around you, your home, and your neighborhood.

Why I like this Book: It’s a simple story, but unfolds into something larger as Edna explores her world. I also like how the other penguins interact with Edna throughout the story from ignoring her to going with her.

Find more PPBF books at Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog.

Have a great weekend and happy writing, especially to those participating in the NaPiBoWriWee Challenge!