It’s a random pairing today, folks. 🙂
I have a soft spot in my heart for anything by Patricia Polacco, although I will concede that perhaps her very detailed stories are more “just the right book at just the right time for just the right child” kind of reads. Her newest offering, Bun Bun Button, is for a younger audience I think than most of her other books that I’ve read. However, for my six year old and me, this delightful, tender story was a snuggle-on-the-couch together kind of book that just hit the spot. It’s the story of a preschooler named Paige who stays with her gramma most days after preschool. Paige Darling and Gramma do all sorts of fun things together: bake sand cookies, make up the beds, feed the pets, and snuggle together for special story time in the Big Blue Chair. When Paige realizes that all the pets have special toys Gramma made just for them, she requests a handmade toy of her own. Gramma obliges by making Paige a lovey she names Bun Bun Button, a rabbit with a special “ear pocket” just right for Paige to hide her finger in when she holds Bun Bun up to her face. This story goes from super sweet to exciting when when Paige decides to tie Bun Bun Button to a helium balloon. I won’t ruin the ending, but suffice it to say that as Gramma often says, “We’re Darlings, and we Darlings have always been lucky!” I think the reason why I like this one so much is that Lulu has her own beloved Bunny, and although she is too sophisticated to enjoy a story like this right now, I am not. (You can see a picture of Lulu’s Bunny and Louise’s Bear in this RAT post, a review of another sweet story.) 🙂 Second, we read a similar story a long time ago about a little bear (I think) that floated away on a hot air balloon, and this particular story
scarred made quite an impression on Louise. I remember one Sunday when she was all dressed up with a big bow in her hair, and when she got out of the van, she grabbed her bow to hold it down so she wouldn’t float away. (Apparently, the story had something to do with a bow, too, but I’ve forgotten the details.) Anyway, Louise has since recovered, but sharing this story with her brought out my own fond reminiscences about my girls’ earliest years. Patricia Polacco’s artwork is messy and expressive and colorful, just perfect for this warm story. Read this one with your own preschooler, especially if you have family members of the stufffed variety. (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2011)
The first book is super sweet, and this next one is super silly, in the best possible way! Look Out, Jack! The Giant Is Back! by Tom Birdseye is just plain fun. It’s the rest of the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. After Jack escapes the giant, he and his mother flee to America, taking with them the goose that lays the golden eggs and the singing harp. They settle down on a “nice little farm in the mountains of North Carolina” and are happy there until the giant finds them! The giant has now changed his tune from “fee fi fo fum” to
Wham blam hickity hack!
I’m gonna get that boy named Jack!
He now be living, but soon he’ll roast!
I’ll spread him with mustard and eat him on toast!
Isn’t that a hoot? Tom Birdseye’s wordsmithery makes this story a delight to read aloud. Here are a couple of gems to whet your appetite:
Life was good, and peaceful, and oh-so fragrant. . . until one day in August when it was so hot Jack had to pack the hen in ice to keep her from laying hard-boiled eggs instead of golden ones.
Jack–being as smart as a tree full of owls–had a plan.
Of course, Jack outwits the giant with a silly, kid-pleasing solution, and all is well at his little mountain cabin once again. This would make a fun addition to a lesson about figurative language. Will Hillenbrand‘s illustrations are very detailed and colorful–I could study them for a while, just for fun. (I’ve reviewed a couple of other books he illustrated: Counting Crocodiles and The Last Snake in Ireland.) I give this one a Highly Recommended for pure, unadulterated read-aloud fun! (Holiday House, 2001)
I want to give a big, huge WELCOME to all the new Read Aloud Thursday participants! Last week we had a record twenty links on the RAT list! I try as often as I can to get around and visit each one, so please know that if I fail to comment on your post this week, I’ll try to get to your next one. 🙂 Oh, and occasionally (like last week) I can’t comment on some blogs due to technical difficulties. I know that the RAT community that has grown up over the past three years is the main reason why I love it so much, and that only happens through our commenting on each other’s blogs. Let’s keep the comment love going!