Friday, May 4, 2012

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Old Cricket

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 by: Lisa Wheeler
Illustrated by: Ponder Goembel

A Richard Jackson Book (Atheneum Books for Young Readers) 2003

Fiction for ages 3 to 6

Themes: honesty, behavior, animals

Opening and brief synopsis:
Old Cricket woke up feeling cranky. And crotchety. And cantankerous.
So when his missus asked him to ready their roof for winter, he came up with a clever plan. (You don’t get to be an old cricket by being a dumb bug.)

Old Cricket is full of excuses to avoid work and as his excuses get bigger and bigger, he gets himself into some real trouble and ends up right back at the beginning fixing the roof.

Why I like this book:
This is a great book to teach kids in a gentle way about excuses and being lazy. In the end Old Cricket does have to fix the roof of his house, the task he tried to avoid. I like that he doesn’t get out of it and has to face the consequences of his actions. The illustrations are wonderful and really bring the book to life.

A two page activity guide and other ideas can be found on Lisa’s site.

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