Another week has flown by. And now we are eating chocolate ice cream trying to stay cool in hot spring weather. Recently I made my lunch from an ice cream sundae with nuts and hot fudge and whipped cream. *Yum!* 🙂 Now I find myself looking at other picture books than during the winter. More travel oriented. I would love to vacation in Italy and the picture book I chose for today was filled with fun facts about It that made me wish I had one planned for Italy.
Title: C is for Ciao, An Italy Alphabet
Author/ Illustrator: Elissa D. Godwin and Mario M. Cuomo/ Marco Ventura
Publishing info: Sleeping Bear Press / 2009 / nonfiction
Summary provided by publisher : “Each letter of the alphabet represents a topic related to Italy. Topics include: Aqueducts, Da Vinci, Florence, Montessori, the Sistine Chapel, and zabaglione. A poem introduces each letter topic and expository sidebar text provides details.”
Themes : Nonfiction, country, Italy, alphabet, Europe,
Resources: Sleeping Bear Press has their own information on this book making it the perfect resource. There is a search bar where one can look up further facts or information on Italy.
And if one is looking for the perfect teachers guide look no further than this.
Also alternately a discussion leader can ask what the students already know about Italy and expand the others knowledge about it by just talking about it Pull out a map and show where it is in relation to other countries and discuss climate and possible exports and imports. Ask about what one knows about olive oil.
Why I Love it: This is not just an alphabet book. It is a geography, history, and famous person biographies book. Yes, the alphabet is the emphasis as it describes Italy in broad detail but the sidebar gives the finer details with the fun facts. It makes the book especially interesting to a broader age range. There is also a foreword or introduction by Mario M. Cuomo. Did you know he has written nine books including other picture books? I am going to be looking these up.
I think you’ll love this book as much as I did and it just brings us to summer. It might be the subject having to do with warmer climate but it definitely made me ready for vacation.
So if you want to join other PPBF writers go look at Susanna Hill’s site for today and enjoy other reviews on her links. also you can click on Perfect Picture Books and find books categorized by theme or alphabetized. No matter which way you go it will be fun.For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books. And for her Pinterst board look here :
Also there is another blog Susanna started with alphabetizing here :
So you see? There is no scarcity of places to look for picture books. Enjoy!!
See you on Tuesday! and again next Friday with another Perfect Picture Book.
Have a Great Weekend Folks!
You can buy Edmund here! on amazon!
And Annie here! on amazon!