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! 🙂

Twas the Night Before Mother’s Day

Written by Natasha Wing

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.

For more fantastic picture books and resources please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.

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  1. I’m glad you featured this book. I’m looking for the Father’s Day one for Hubby. 🙂

  2. I remember mother’s day preparations…. trying to cook breakfast with my sisters and making a total mess of the kitchen. What’s wrong with chocolate chips on toast anyway?

  3. It looks so cute! Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  4. Sounds like a perfect Mother’s Day book! Dad helping the kids surprising Mom. I remember always looking for the perfect flower, plant, picture. Glad you featured this book. Like your suggestions for kids — a foot rub would be nice!

  5. Oh, I’m going to love this. I can tell already. I’m so glad you included some of the text. Her 12 x 12 post had me…but the text makes me want to read it even more!

  6. Haven’t read this one test but it looks delightful! Thanks for adding a Mother’s Day book to our list 🙂

  7. Hooray for Natasha Wing and Mother’s Day. What a wonderful choice, Julie. I’ll have to keep my eye out for this one.

  8. What a perfect book for Mother’s Day PPBF and a wonderful treat indeed! Let’s hope we all get that treatment. Happy Mother’s Day for Sunday, Julie!

  9. oh, the art is really cute! I just read the “how I got my agent” post, too. It is interesting how many people’s stories involve something other than a straight query and response. There is always some other connection or detour along the way!

    I haven’t seen these books before, but will now be on the lookout for them. Thanks, Julie!

  10. This is a great Mother’s Day addition, and yep, a great run then back to be pampered sounds the treat! And I am very happy to be introduced to Natasha Wing and her books!

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