Friday, October 2, 2015

PPBF: One Leaf Rides the Wind

Today's Perfect Picture Book Friday pick

One Leaf Rides the Wind,
by Celeste Mannis and Susan Hartung
One Leaf Rides The Wind
Written by Celeste Davidson Mannis
Illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung
Viking, 2002, Grade K-3

Poetry, Japan, Counting


One leaf rids the wind.
Quick as I am, it's quicker!
Just beyond my grasp.

One Leaf Rides the Wind, by Celeste Davidson Mannis and Susan Kathleen Hartung is a beautiful counting book told in haiku.. As the little girl counts the plants, animals, and cultural features of her garden, we learn the secrets of what makes Japanese gardening so lovely. This book is a fabulous introduction to haiku for elementary students, though it could be used with upper grades as well.

What I Love:
Susan's illustrations are as lush and colorful as a garden. Celeste's perfect haiku reflect the calm evoked by the orderly elements of a Zen garden, a proper tea ceremony, or splendid Japanese architecture. Like a well-tended garden, these poems will encourage the reader to look carefully at the details of their surroundings as well as the beauty within.

Carp windsock
courtesy Crafty Classroom

1. You'll find teaching resources and lessons plans for One Leaf Rides the Wind from ReadWriteThink and TeacherVision.
2. Learn about the country of Japan with crafts from TheCraftyClassroom.
3. What's more traditional than origami Koi? Use the printed instructions found on WeHeartIt or a video from Bali Origami on YouTube.
4. CreativeWritingNow has great advice for writing your own poems, and Kidzone offers explanations as well as worksheets to help students get started.
5. Discover more about Japanese customs at
6. Learn the techniques for creating a harmonious garden at Garden Guides.

Have you reviewed a Perfect Picture Book along this theme? Please leave the link in the comments below. Thanks!

Check out all the recommended titles for Perfect Picture Book Friday
for October 2, 2015 available on Susanna Leonard Hill's blog.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Inktober 2015

Go to SVSLearn to sign up.
It's just $25.

It's that time of year . . . No not THAT one. Time for Inktober, Mr. Jake Parker's drawing challenge. Join us on the Inktober FB page, on Twitter at #Inktober2015, or follow along on the participants' blogs. 

Use it to build discipline and improve your drawing skills. Trust me, the challenge is well worth it. Leave your twitter handle in the comments if you plan to participate. See you there!

You can follow me on @BookishAmbition 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Have You Gotten Your Library Card Yet?

Just one more day until Library Card Sign-up Month ends!

What are you waiting for?

Image courtesy Schulz family and ALA

Monday, September 28, 2015

Leap of Faith

“You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”
-Annie Dillard*

Batwoman bookplate courtesy Piotr NaszarkowskI

*via Marcie Atkins

Friday, September 25, 2015

PPBF: Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild!

Today's Perfect Picture Book Friday pick

Harriet, You'l Drive Me Wild!, by Mem Fox and Marla Frazee
Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild!
Written and by Mem Fox
Illustrated by Marla Frazee
Voyager Books, 2000
Ages 4-7

Parenting, Mischief

"Harriet Harris was a pesky child. She didn't mean to be. She just was."

Harriet Harris is constantly in trouble for things that "just happen," like the jam that just happens to fall on her pants, the paint that just happens to drip on the floor, or the pillow that just happens to explode. Harriet's mom is patient. She quietly corrects her daughter until the antics push her past her motherly limits. What happens next is a source of learning for both mother and daughter.

What I Love:
Every mom knows the exasperation of a child whose curiosity and playfulness keep getting them into trouble. This book is for the harried mom who is running out of patience and the toddler who can't seem to understand why these things just happen: Engaging text by Mem Fox, who understands families like no one else. Beautifully illustrated by Marla Frazee with lots of detail and plenty of white space.

1. Reading Rockets has interviewed author Mem Fox. Watch the video here.
2. The Children's Book Review has posted a lovely interview with illustrator Marla Frazee.
3. Find a teachers guide for the book at Teachers Pay Teachers.
4. Messy kids? Try this homemade, non-toxic paint for little ones from the BowerPower blog.

Have you reviewed a Perfect Picture Book along this theme? Please leave the link in the comments below. Thanks!

Check out all the recommended titles for Perfect Picture Book Friday
for September 25, 2015 available on Susanna Leonard Hill's blog.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Let's Eat Grandma

Happy National Punctuation Day!

Commas save Lives tee available from Signals

Stop in the National Punctuation Day site.

Monday, September 21, 2015

One Step At A Time

"The elevator to success is out of order. You'll have to take the stairs... one step at a time."
-Joe Girard*

Bookplate courtesy Davidson Galleries

*from Jo Linsdell Feliciani via Facebook