Friday, April 20, 2012

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Up and Down

Welcome to Perfect Picture Book Friday! I hope this post will be a help to those who love picture books and want to share them with their own children or those they teach.

Written and Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. 2010
Fiction for ages 3-8

Themes: friendship, independence

Opening and brief synopsis:
Once there were two friends…
who always did everything together.

In this sequel to Lost and Found, the boy and his penguin are back. The penguin has decided he wants to fly, and he wants to do it on his own. After many false starts, he thinks he has found a way to fly, but realizes there is a reason penguins’ wings aren’t made for flying and the importance of his friendship with the boy.

Why I like this book:
This is a cute book and the illustrations fit perfectly with the text. The penguin’s adventures in trying to fly are fun and his final try ends in a great sequence when the boy finds the penguin after they had become separated. In a very simple way the book showcases the value of friendship.

The book has an official site with a reading of the book by Jeffers and activity pages  Click here to see Jeffers explain how to draw a penguin.

Perfect Picture Book Friday is a wonderful idea started by Susanna Leonard Hill.  For other “Just Right” books, visit her blog.

Have a great weekend!