Today’s PPBF selection is from Natasha Wing, the latest
victim participant in the How I Got My Agent series. With the “big day” referenced in this book coming up on Sunday, I think it’s a great choice for this week! 🙂
Grosset & Dunlap, March, 2010
Suitable for: Ages 3+
Themes/Topics: Mother’s Day, Holidays, Family, Gifts
Opening/Synopsis: I personally think this opening speaks for itself:
‘Twas the night before Mother’s Day when as quiet as a mouse,
Dad told us his plan to get Mom out of the house.
Her sneakers were set by the doorway with care,
In hopes that her running pals soon would be there.
Then Mom in her sweatsuit and red baseball cap,
Plugged in her earphones and jogged off in a snap.
Activities: As a mother, my recommended activities would be to have the Dads get their kids to bake mom a cake, make her cards and give her a home spa, inclusive of a foot rub! It would also be fun to compare Wing’s poem about Mother’s Day to Clement C. Moore’s Christmas original. Where does the author use similar language and references and where does she deviate? This link features many literacy and writing activities using the book as a starting point.
Why I Like This Book: Well, I’m a mom, and I want to be able to go for a run, come home to a brunch and homemade cake and cards and later have a home spa prepared for me by my husband and children! 🙂 In all seriousness though, children love any and all holidays, which is why I think this “Twas” series that Natasha has created is so wonderful. I remember getting so excited for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and readying my little handmade gifts that I’d poured my heart into. These kind of holidays (and books) are reminders that its family and the everyday people that are truly worth celebrating.Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books, Rhyming · Tags: Julie Hedlund, Mother's Day, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books, Rhyming, Writer