Perfect Picture Book Friday/Please Louise

HI Friends!

book cover for Please Louise

book cover for Please Louise

It’s great to see you again! It makes for a pleasurable Friday and of course we know Saturday which is next is my favorite day. I sleep late, schedule my blogs and catch up   on reading. I even go for long walks with husb, Ed Jahn. You may be surprised some day to find a guest post of his here. Now for the reason of this post, my own selection for Perfect Picture Book Friday.

Title: Please Louise

Author: Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison

Illustrator: Shadra Strickland

Publishing info: A Paula Wiseman book: Simon and Schuster, fiction, 2014

Summary: “On a gray, rainy day, everything seems particularly frightening and bad to Louise until she enters a library and finds books that help her to know and imagine the beauty and wonder that have been there all along.”

Theme: Books and reading, fear, Libraries

Resources : I couldn’t find much by way of teacher resources for this book but as I thought about it, huge interesting discussions could be had about what ones favorite book was. What a library card was and could do if there were no books in the home etc.  So let you imagination go and think about your love for books and come up with a question you could ask your group of students.

Age appropriate for: Grade kindergarten through fourth grade

First Three Sentences: “Please, Louise, please, please. Things are not always what they seem.  If you are sometimes lonely or sometimes sad, know that the world is big but not so bad.”

From the Jacket: “A rainy day may seem gray, but if you take a walk outside, you just may find your way to a special place filled with stories that will please. Just ask Louise.”

Why I love it: “Please Louise” is an instant hit with me because I feeling just like Louise when I opened the book. And the promise of a better tomorrow and a better mood just by reading came true for me. The book pleased me and turned my mood around. I began reading something else and soon became a person someone else may want to be around. The message in this book is spectacular and this Toni Morrison book does her justice.

Do you think you will like reading this book?

And what Patricia Tilton says in her blog Children’s Books Heal: 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.

And here is my gift to you, dear friends.

A great site for nonfiction authors is this: Like any association it has tons of info.

And for much more info on writing check out this site:

And the best links for my kidlit friends? A Kidlit newsletter!  Chock full of other links. A must have!

That is it folks!! See you on Tuesday! I’m working on something special. XXXOOO


(c) 2014 Clara Bowman-Jahn aka Clarike Bowman-Jahn


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Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" celebrating life one hour at a time. Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Am also one author in anthology "The 'I' Word" edited by Kate Gould on Kindle.
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25 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday/Please Louise

  1. Oh I think I am gonna need this book later in the coming months, when winter comes. I always feel gloomy in winter so this will be ideal. Thanks for sharing, Clar!

    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks so much, Diane. I forget that when summer comes here, you start winter. don”t get gloomy, read this.And just read whenever you feel like it. It’ll transport you to wonderful places. :)

  2. I just ordered Please Louise from my library. Thanks for telling me about it. I’ve signed up to receive The Weekly 411. It looks great.

    • clarbojahn says:

      I envy people who just order books from their computers from their libraries. I must learn how to do this! Thanks, Rosi. I hope you like it as much as I did. :)

  3. Like the idea about a little girl seeking a library on a rainy day to escape and find adventure through books. Clever idea for a book. Love to curl up with books on rainy days.

    • clarbojahn says:

      I know what you mean. She won my heart when she discovers adventure through books on a day she was grumpy. I often do the same! Thanks, Patricia. :)

  4. Also meant to say I enjoyed the nonfiction authors site. Bookmarked it! And, again, thanks for mentioning my blog.

  5. This book sounds charming – added to this week’s list (list is getting long!)

    • clarbojahn says:

      My List is getting long, too, Wendy! But it is one of the fun things I like about Saturdays or Sundays and going to the library to see how many of the books on my list I can find. sometimes I go on Goodreads and find it. I envy Rosi that she can look for and order a book from her library by computer! I want to learn how to do that. :)

  6. Joanna says:

    Wow, we all have days when we need this message, right? This looks like a winner, Clar!

  7. This sounds like a lovely one, Clar, and just right for this gray rainy day when we could all stand to get lost in a book! :)

  8. A picture book by Toni Morrison? Wonderful! And what a great one it looks to be. Dealing with fear AND showing the wonderful things to be found in books — win-win! Thanks, Clar!

  9. I’m longing for a gray rainy day! I’ve had this on my wish list for awhile. The Ms Morrisons are a good combination. A 2nd grade class that I visit just recently went on a field trip to the public library. They all got library cards! It was a great day! So much fun to show them around my library!

  10. Oh, I love Toni Morrison, Toni + libraries is tops tops in my book. (Ha, ha). Thanks Clar.

  11. Margot Finke says:

    This sounds like a great book for kids. I added your review to my Book Reviews (kids to YA) on Pinterest.
    I also added your Non Fiction list to the Writing Help etc. The other link to more writing help would not pin, so I shared it on my Facebook Timeline. Super Friday post, Clar!!

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  12. Thank-you for introducing me to yet another book about books! What’s not to love about a girl who falls in love with a library? Thanks.

  13. This sounds like my kind of book! :D

  14. Stacy S. Jensen says:

    I’m with Erik. This sounds like my kind of book.

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