This Story Is For You by Greg Pizzoli
If you're expecting another quick read like Number One Sam, slow down and take your time with this next book. Greg Pizzoli's illustrative style remains, but the story here is a subtle meditation that deserves a contemplative visit.
Title: This Story Is For You
Publisher: Disney Hyperion, April 2018
Intended Ages: 3-5 (I would peg it slightly older)
Themes: Friendship, Separation
Opening Line: "This story is for you. You and only you."
Synopsis: A celebration of friendship, noting that distance is no obstacle once friendships are formed.
What I like about this book: Despite the simple text and illustrations, this is't a simple story. In fact it isn't a story at all but more of a journey through many moments of possibility. Discussion of the book post-read or a "pre-reading" of the pictures may help younger readers comprehension.
Our family moved a lot when our children were younger and this story of enduring connections and friendship is one I would have shared with them, and the friends they were leaving behind.
Note that the book is 48 pages, longer than most picture books, but with the spare text it doesn't read long. It's a great end of the school year read when some kids may not be returning to the same school the following year.
Resources and Activities:
- Draw a picture for a friend. Maybe you can even draw a picture of them like the characters did in this story (the simple body, stick arms and legs)
- Make a list of the ways you and a friend are the same.
- Make a list of the ways you and a friend are different.
- Make the lists above with another friend--did the lists change?
- If you have a friend that lives farther away, can you think of a way to connect with them? Send a snail mail letter/picture/photo, call them on the phone, email of Skype/Facetime/what's app (with a parents help!) or even plan a visit!
- Find a dark place and make shadow puppets with a friend (maybe a grownup can hold the flashlight). Giggling together is one of the best ways to make friendship connections. :)
This review is part of PPBF (Perfect Picture Book Friday) where bloggers share great picture books. Organized and curated by author Susanna Leonard Hill, she keeps an ever-growing list of Perfect Picture Books. #PPBF
Note: My review is based on a review copy received from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”