Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert is one of my favorite-ist picture books ever. Although it is an autumn book, it can be uses for leaf observation at any time of year.
The sweet story of the Leaf Man’s journey always makes me happy, and I’ve never met a kid who didn’t feel the same way.
When I worked at the library, I created a story time for the library a couple times with this book. It lends itself so well to crafts and projects.
Looking for a perfect book that celebrates spring and Earth Day and Arbor Day and all the things?
Yeah yeah, Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer is totally that book. With sparse language and lovely illustrations, this book explores how important each part of an ecosystem is, starting with the acorn from which a tree can grow. Because of the tree a bird can nest and spread seeds and the seeds become flowers. In turn, the flowers become fruit that entice chipmunks to feed a snake. The snakes become prey to a hawk which guards the tree until another acorn falls and a new tree is born. Eventually there is a forest.
The back of this book also has more detailed explanations of white oak trees, acorns, ecosystems and food chains, and even what kids can do to help support the environment. My crush is vast.
Maybe it’s the Irish in me. St. Patrick’s Day always gets me excited. I love the idea of Leprechauns and pots of gold and the rainbows that spring brings. So when I’m preparing for the day, I do my best to find fun things for us to do as a family.
Need some ideas?
I got you. Yeah yeah.
Okay, so the title of this post is completely misleading. I do not, in fact, love mice. If you said to me, “KT, what are you afraid of?” I would say, “Rodents with long tails. Mice. Rats. Possums.”
I would rather run into a lion than a possum. At least a lion is honest about his intentions. Possums are sneaky little buggers. So are mice. If you ever want to hear me scream my head off, bring a mouse with you.
But. There is something so completely freaking adorable about illustrated mice. Isn’t there? How do illustrators make them look so cute and harmless? I think the more honest depiction is in that terrible film, Strange Magic, when the girl is all shrunk down and sees the mouse and tries to pet it and it tries to bite her.
Yeah. So we’ll stick with gorgeous drawings of mice. You get me?