Since yesterday WAS my birthday, I thought this would make a good choice for this week’s Perfect Picture Book Friday. Also, it is my dream to have Helen Oxenbury illustrate one of my books someday — call it my very own birthday wish! 😉
Candlewick Press, August, 1994
Suitable for: Ages 2+
Themes/Topics: Birthdays, Friendship, Baking, Sharing, Teamwork
Opening/Synopsis: From Kirkus: “A sweet young epicene sets out to bake a birthday cake. The little one is aided by a parade of animal friends–a chicken, a cat, a bear, a pig, a dog, a monkey–all of whom scurry about to pull together the various ingredients and then lend their expertise to the baking. The odd company gather on the last page to share and celebrate in typically cheerful Oxenbury (Tom and Pippo on the Beach, 1993) style.“
Activities: The most obvious one is to bake a cake, of course! You could also use it as a cooking discussion in general and talk about ingredients and how they work together to make a dish. Having kids set up a birthday party with stuffed animals is a fun idea too.
Why I Like This Book: What’s not to love about a book where a child bakes a cake and then shares it with animal friends? And it’s illustrated by Helen Oxenbury!Birthdays, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books · Tags: Birthdays, Helen Oxenbury, Julie Hedlund, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books, Writer