What a week this has been. I spent three days in Belmont Station Elementary giving readings and talking to kindergartener and first graders on my book, “Annie’s Special Day.” It was so much fun!! I’ll give you photos next week. No time now. But I do have these gifts for you.
The Writer’s Idea Book is on my wish list. I read the preview and was hooked. There are writer prompts and more ideas than you can shake a stick at. http://www.amazon.com/Writers-Idea-Anniversary-Edition-ebook/dp/B006N5B3XY/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1
And of course it’s by Jack Heffron who Jane Friedman recommended and who I just adore, so what’s not to love?
Then there are the ten words to avoid when writing. Do you know what they are? http://www.freelancewriting.com/articles/ten-words-to-avoid-when-writing.php#.UPfPZY0A8dg.facebook
Perfect Picture Book Friday/ For Every Child
Title: For Every Child the rights of the child in words and pictures
Author/Illustrator: UNICEF/ John Burningham, Babette Cole, Philippe Dumas, Shirley Hughes, Rachel Isadora, Satoshi Kitamura, P J. Lynch, Clauio Munoz, Jerry Pinkney, Henriette Sauvant, Amrit & Rabindra K.D. Kaur Singh, Peter Weevers, Ken Wilson-Max, Yang Tswei-Yu
Ages Appropriate for: All
Themes: Acceptance,, tolerance, affecting others, individuality, belonging, challenging assumptions, child abuse, children with disabilities, common childhood experiences, community, concepts, coping, culture, differences, DIVERSITY/MULTI-CULTURALISM/RACIAL DIVERSITY, EDUCATIONAL, ENCOURAGEMENT, FAITH, family, FITTING IN, freedom, GETTING ALONG, GROWING UP, HELPING OTHERS/KINDNESS, HISTORY, HOPE, IDENTITY, IMPORTANCE , INTERCONNECTEDNESS, INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS, KINDNESS/COMPASSION/GENEROSITY, LOVE, NON-FICTION, PARENTING, PERSPECTIVE, REASSURANCE/COMFORT, RELATIONSHIPS, religion, RESPECT, responsibility, duty, safety, school, self acceptance, self-worth, self-esteem, self-expression, self-respect, self-reliance, special needs/ disability, . It’s no wonder when we talk about the rights of children hat we cover most of the themes of picture books.
Resources: U tube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPWr6Eg_dC4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mmy9MpwyKnQ These were two You tube videos on UNICEF but I couldn’t find one especially for this book. However if a discussion was held about children who had it worse off than your own or the children you were teaching, it would be a lively one.
First Three Sentences:”Whoever we are, wherever we live, these rights belong to all children under the sun and the moon and the stars, whether we live in cities or towns or villages, or in mountains or valleys or deserts or forests or jungles. Any where and everywhere in the big wide world, these are the rights of every child”.
What the Jacket says: “Whoever we are, wherever we live, these are the rights of every child under the sun and the moon and the stars. Of all the books published to celebrate the beginning of the new Millennium, this must surely be one of the most important.
In November 1989 the United Nations formally adopted fifty-four principles that make up the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child—from the right to a name and a nationality of the right of to education and play and special protection for disabled children.
And now in this extraordinary book, fourteen of the most pertinent rights have been carefully chosen and retold in a simple, evocative text that can be understood by every child. Each right has been interpreted in a stunning double-page spread by some of the world;s most acclaimed artists, including two American award winners: Jerry Pinkey and Rachel Isadora.”
Publisher: Phylllis Fogelman books—an imprint of Penguin Putnam books for Young Readers, 2001
Why I love it: This book is so lovingly made it’s impossible not to love it. Each page has a full spread of the artists visualization of the right that is written below. Each page is gripping in it’s love and tenderness. A couple are cute, like the one where Rubette Cole paints a baby head just starting to bloom from a flower and in a progression shows how he grows up to be a young man running to start his own life. Most are serious children, beautifully painted, but all are happy and healthy. And as Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu writes in the forward “In this book you will see many pictures of children as they should be—Happy, healthy, laughing, learning, holding securely to adults they can trust, who will protect and uphold their inalienable rights—the rights formally laid out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. These are the rights of all children everywhere and always.
As my friend, Joanna Marple, says on her blog on PPBF “Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book. To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books. ”
Have a Greaaat weekend!! XXOO
Do you think you will read this? Why or why not?
- Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Madlenka (clarbojahn.wordpress.com)