Book of the Week: A Porcupine in a Pine Tree

A Porcupine in a Pine Tree
This became my favourite story time Christmas book last year and I am looking so forward to sharing it with families again this year. Last Christmas Eve I brought it with me to my family’s dinner and we sang it together. 
It’s a must read. It’s a rendition of the Twelve days of Christmas -Canadian Style. It features (among other things); 2 caribou, 3 beaver tails, 4 calling moose, 5 Stanley Cups…The  *lyrics* are perfection and the illustrations created by the Master Werner Zimmerman are sweet and have lovely detail. A holiday gem.

Book of the Week: Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na

A Book of Sleep
Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers Sept 2009
When the sky grows dark
and the moon glows bright,
everyone goes to sleep . . .
except for the watchful owl!
With a spare, soothing text and beautifully rich and textured illustrations of a starry night, this is the perfect “book of sleep.” Join the owl on his moonlit journey as he watches all the other animals settle in for the night: some sleep standing up, while some sleep on the move! Some sleep peacefully alone, while others sleep all together, huddled close.

I adore this picture book. I’ve shared in family, preschool and baby storytimes and the children are always engaged by the incredible pictures. The text is simple, but the words chosen fit the mood of this “quiet” story very well. I’m always drawn in by this spread:

I just think the pictures are stunning. His other books are equally beautiful.

One of my favourites is Thingamabob.

The Thingamabob
This is the story of an elephant who finds an umbrella (Thingamabob) but has no idea what it does, or what it is used for…he tried many different things with it, until he figures it out. The kids are always yelling “it’s an umbrella!” as I read. I actually used it as an introduction for my Little Science program as a way to illustrate the meaning of the word “experiment” How we try things out to solve a problem or find an answer. It really helped them grasp the concept.

Book of the Week: Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid

Picture a Tree
Picture A Tree by Barbara Reid
October 1st 2011 Northwinds Press
From bare branches tracing the sky to an explosion of colour, a place for adventure or a friend to shelter us from the sun – a tree can be so many things. 

With lyrical text and her signature Plasticine magic, Barbara Reid captures these majestic beings: in all weather, in every season, growing and changing, interacting with the people and animals around them. 

Picture a tree – now, look again

I love the concept of this book. Text is short and sweet. The pictures however, are detailed and extraordinary.


I shared this story in my Little Artists (preschool) program when we were learning about the different ways people illustrate. Everyone made their own tree out of plasticine. We used paper plates as the base for creation.