|Harriet, You'l Drive Me Wild!, by Mem Fox and Marla Frazee|
Written and by Mem Fox
Illustrated by Marla Frazee
Voyager Books, 2000
"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.