a.) my passion is to make Scripture and History come alive for my readers, and
b.) I am advised to read similar picture books to the ones I plan to write, and
c.) I've been thinking about joining Susanna Hill's Perfect Picture Book Fridays, and
d.) I wanted another focus for my posts...
Here is my first contribution to PERFECT PICTURE BOOK FRIDAYS!
Each Friday, I will feature a fiction picture book based on true events to preview for teachers, librarians, parents and writers...and now, on to an author who's text and illustrations fascinate me:
Title: How I Learned Geography
Author/Illustrator: Uri Shulevitz
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Caldecott Award Winner
Biographical Fiction: 7-10 year olds
Themes: Geography, Family, Moving to a strange land, Russian language, Maps, Kazakhstan, building character.
Summary: As he spends hours studying his father's world map, a young boy escapes the hunger and misery of refugee life: Based on the author's childhood in Kazakhstan, where he lived as a Polish refugee during World War II.
Why I like this book: It is based on a historic event, and is a look into the author's life. The illustrations are vibrant and inviting, reflecting the Russian/Middle East culture.
Here are some helpful websites for activities relating to the subject of the book: