I’m back.

I was off frolicking with Mickey Mouse, family, and helping a sick Hubby — he had the flu. What about you? I hope you don’t get it. I really, really do.

Now, it’s back to Perfect Picture Book Fridays business.

The Best Time of Day
Written by Eileen Spinelli
Illustrated by Bryan Langdo
Gulliver Books Harcourt, Inc., 2005

Suitable for: ages 4 and up

Theme/Topic: Time, Farm Life

“The best time of day for the rooster is when
the sun rises high over barnyard and pen.
He wakes up the farmer, the animals too,
with his rowdy-dow “Cocka-doodle-dee-doo!”

Brief Synopsis: From the animals to the family, everyone on the farm has a favorite time of day.

Link to Resources: Ask your child what is his or her favorite time of the day. Parents could talk about their own or even share what they do after their kiddos go to bed — ice cream and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart anyone or sneaking off to write? Here’s a lesson on telling time.

Why I chose this book: This story kept Enzo’s attention as we followed a day on the farm from sun up to sun down. My favorite character in the book is Granny McCall.

I was surprised this book was available in a Kindle edition for a low price of $4.62. I purchased a copy and was disappointed. The pages don’t appear correctly unless you have your Kindle in a horizontal position.

I’m not sure who uploaded/formatted the book, but the pages are small on screen. To compensate, the original pages appear in one double spread and then another double spread of the same page appears with the words typed in a larger font. This disrupts the flow of the book.

So, I don’t recommend purchasing the ebook version of this one, which kills me to say, because I love ebooks. I returned this one for a refund, because on further inspection some of the efforts to “improve the text” were on the wrong pages. Just find this one from the library, because in print it is perfect.

For more Perfect Picture Book Fridays books, check out Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog.