Friday, November 30, 2012

Perfect Picture Book Friday - The Christmas Tugboat

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.

Today’s book I received in the mail yesterday. I was the lucky winner of a copy from Cynthia Leitich Smith’s blog Cynsations. Thank you so much Cynthia!


Written by: George Matteson and Adele Ursone 
Illustrated by: James E. Ransome

Clarion Books 2012
Fiction for ages 4 to 8

Themes: Christmas, family, educational

Opening and brief synopsis:
Sometimes in the middle of the night, I wake to the ringing of my dad’s alarm clock.

From the jacket flap:  Early one chilly November morning, a young girl wakes. Her dad is a tugboat captain, and today she and her mom will accompany him on a very special journey. They’ll travel by tug past the Statue of Liberty, around the tip of Manhattan, and up the Hudson River to fetch the giant Christmas tree that will stand at Rockefeller Center in New York City!

Why I like this book:
This wonderful tale describes in great detail the exciting journey on the tugboat. Through the eyes of the girl, the reader is taken right along amid the adventure of such a special job. The paintings/illustrations are beautiful and capture the spirit of the book. What an amazing experience for a young child, as the book is based on the author’s experience with his own family.

Show children pictures of this year’s Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center and then share the book describing the tree’s journey to New York City.
Click here for a coloring page of a tugboat.

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