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Last week I participated in a new book release blog tour. I don't always "double up" and use the book for Perfect Picture Book Friday. While there are a lot of good books out there, not all of them make the cut. :)
But last week's does. If you didn't read last week, I'm talking about a new book from the awesome author and illustrator team of Toni Buzzeo and Mike Wohnoutka.
Regular blog followers of mine may remember that I reviewed the last offering by this team, JUST LIKE MY PAPA last September. I get the feeling that we ought to just put the author and illustrator's name on the Perfect Picture Book Friday list!
TITLE: My Bibi Always Remembers
AUTHOR: Toni Buzzeo
ILLUSTRATOR: Mike Wohnoutka
PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion Books, Sept. 2014
INTENDED AGES: 3-5
THEMES: Animals, grandparents, Africa
Opening Line: RUMMMMBLE!
Thirsty little Tembo hears her Bibi across the wide, parched plain.
Synopsis: An easily distracted young elephant follows the herd as it searches for water. The oldest grandmother elephant carries the knowledge and skill to lead "the way to wet."
Why I like this book: Elephants fascinate me. My family are long-time supporters of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. I've never been to Africa or Asia to see these creatures in the wild and I have a hard time wrapping my head around the concept of the vast space these creatures need to live as they should. I love the book's message about passing knowledge from generation to generation. The author stole my heart on the second spread when she wrote that the elephants were coming "one by one, step-step, searching for wet." The illustrations aren't overly fussy, but small details, like dust devils in the distance, transported me to the elephants' world. Be
Note: This is a Disney book, so I felt a Bambi-like moment of terror when Tembo wanders away and the illustration appears backlit by the setting sun with lions and hyenas in the foreground! Luckily, the problem resolves on the next page. Whew! The combination of anthropomorphism and reality worked well for me.
Activities/Resources: Ms. Buzzeo provides extensive materials to accompany her books. You can find Common Core teaching guides and activities , including a cool Reader's Theater Script on her website.
If you want to learn more about the plight of elephants in the wild, back matter in the book steers readers to the Amboseli Trust for Elephants at www.elephanttrust.org. General information about elephants can be found in many places including National Geographic's website and the kid-friendly Animal Fact Guide.
There are an equally large number of elephant craft choices out there. The paper plate elephant contributed by Leanne Guenther to DLTK's Crafts for Kids blog made me smile.
Other blogs with information and interviews for this new book:
· The Children’s Book Review – Author Guest Post
· Momma Drama – Author/Illustrator Interview and Review
· Book Rock Betty – Review
· Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Author/Illustrator Guest Post and Review
· As They Grow Up – Review
· Susan Heim on Parenting – Review
· Kid Lit Frenzy – Author Guest Post
· Mundie Kids – Author/Illustrator Interview
· The Power of One Writer – Author Interview
· There’s a Book – Review
And FINALLY, download a completely adorable card to make for grandparents from the author's website here. Just download and fold!
As a disclosure, an early advance copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
This review is part of PPBF (perfect picture book Friday) where bloggers share great picture books at Susanna Leonard Hill's site. Along with tons of writing wisdom, she keeps an ever-growing list of Perfect Picture Books. #PPBF