This is the last Perfect Picture Book Friday till September 7, 2012 and the last book in my Cheerios Presents… Spoonfuls of Stories. “According to a 2006 study, one of the greatest barriers to literacy today is the lack of access to books. In fact, it showed that while in middle-income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1, in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is one age-appropriate book for every 300 children. In addition to the “Spoonfuls” program, Cheerios has donated more than $3.5 million to First Book, a non-profit that gets new books to children from low-income families. And spoonfuls of Stories has given out more than 50 million books in both English and Spanish since it’s launch in 2001 books in specially marked Cheerios boxes”. Cheerios has donated more than six million books to the cause says a USA Today news article. http://yourlife.usatoday.com/mind-soul/doing-good/kindness/post/2010/10/Actress-Jennie-Garth-joins-Cheerios-getting-6-million-books-to-
The one other book I got from all those Cheerios boxes that I grabbed off the shelf and took home that
was in the series has been done before by ”wading through words,” by Natalie on January 20, called Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming, so you see, I can’t do that book. But that was the only one. All others have been in my series and I blogged about them . The book I’m presenting today will be a cool surprise because as you can tell from the title it’s not a hot one. If it weren’t for my series I would have waited till winter to review it but since I am doing a series and it’s the last one, well, stay cool and hang on. Ok? Got your coffee and donut? Lets start.
Author: Stephen Krensky
Art by: Henry Cole
Ages: Three and Up
Published by: Simon and Schuster, 2008, fiction,
Themes: Hibernation, friendship, winter, animals, curiosity, discovery, fun, nature, seasons, snow, team work/ playing together, relationships and families,
Resources: Celebrate the joys of the season and friendship as Chaucer experiences his first snowball fights, sledding, skating, and all of the most exciting parts of winter. The winter setting provides a natural lead into discussions about the seasons and hibernation, but can be used year-round in units and displays on bears and animals, relationships and families. http://www.thepicnic-basket.com/2009/11/chaucers-first-winter-picture-book.html. “It would be a great companion read aloud with Karma Wilson’s Bear Stays Up, which provides rhyming text about a bear who tries to stay up for Christmas, despite how tired he is and how he wants to fall asleep.” Tina says on Picnic Basket.
For lesson plans and teacher guides on what to do and read for all ages go to http://www.theteachersguide.com/Winterlessonplans.htm And go to http://www.docstoc.com/docs/68235228/January-Lesson-Plans for cutting out snow flakes and hanging from the ceiling. And weekly or daily plans on making a snowman out of cotton or painting one and adding mittens, scarf and hat.
First Three Sentences: Chaucer was a curious young bear. He poked and Prodded wherever he pleased—under rocks, under water, even high in the trees. Chaucer’s best friends were Nugget and Kit.They were a little older than he was.
Review: Nugget tells Chaucer that soon he’ll be asleep as winter comes and that he’ll miss a lot. Well, Chaucer just doesn’t feel sleepy and enjoys all the wintery activities they do. Of The magic of snow, sledding and throwing snow balls, ice skating and more. Then a big blizzard comes and he watches with his friends. After that the days get a little longer and the sun gets stronger. Winter is over and his friends tell him a change is coming, that they can almost smell the flowers. Chaucer is sorry to see winter go. He visits his parents who are waking up from their long nap and wants desperately to tell them all about what they have missed. However, and yes, this is a spoiler, all that fun will just have to wait.
What I thought: It seemed like Stephen Krensky couldn’t make up his mind whether it was going to be poem or not. I’d be reading along and two lines would rhyme and then the next one wouldn’t. Since my mind is on summer and the activities coming up I had a hard time keeping this book in mind since it had to do with winter. If it hadn’t been part of my series, I wouldn’t have done it. Especially the resources were hard to do. Once it gets on the list and is themed I don’t think that will matter. Thankfully. J Also as far as first author of Cheerios or Spoonfuls of Stories, this author has over one hundred of children’s books out according to the jacket. So he’s not even close to being a first author.
For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books..
And for an interview of me check out Linda Weaver Clark’s blog. If you comment you may win an E book copy of Annie’s Special Day. The contest runs from June 11, 2012 to June 18th ,2012. Friday is the fifteenth so there will still be three days of the contest left. Maybe you’ll take a look. I was still Clarike when that interview was taken so you know Linda waited for publication awhile before posting it. Linda also put the cover up at her writing site. As you can see it is the old cover. I was sure we’d have a print book by now way back when I told her to post this. However when we got the proof back from the printers last week it needed a whole other smaller size. We, meaning my husband and I, are learning so much about the business of publishing a children’s book we could almost self publish this one by now.
What are all of you going to do now that this is the last Perfect Picture Book Friday? Are you going to keep blogging about picture books or talk about how your summer is going?
Previous Posts about the First Author Cheerios Program and Spoonfuls of Stories. I thought if you weren’t familiar with it you would like these articles:
- Clarbojahn Presents: Ron Rauss – Cheerios New Author Winner: Post One
- Clarbojahn Presents: Ron Rauss – Cheerios New Author Winner: Post Two (clarbojahn.wordpress.com)
- Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Sleepyhead (clarbojahn.wordpress.com)