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:
I love stories that introduce children to important historical events. The book cover is colorful and engaging. Great choice to teach about refugee camps.ReplyDelete
Then I hope you will enjoy my future posts, Patricia. Thanks for stopping by!Delete
The cover is so colorful and engaging. I love that it is educational and based on a historic event. Will have to add this to my TBR list.ReplyDelete
Thanks for your comment, Darshana! I, too, am drawn to the illustrations as well as the subject matter. Both are a plus. Look for more of Uri's books in future posts...they captivate me!Delete
What an intriguing-sounding book, Jarm -- and what a way to escape from the realities of refugee life! I can see that this would be a fantastic discussion starter with kids.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing this book, and welcome to PPBF!
Yes, his father's clever idea was a blessing in disguise. Thanks for your encouragement, Beth...I'm looking forward to sharing my finds with you all!Delete
I just love picture books that are written with older kids in mind. Thanks for sharing this fascinating book!ReplyDelete
You are welcome, Amy...there's more to come. Thanks for stopping by!Delete
I love maps and geography. What a great book!ReplyDelete
It is, Debbie. The only way I learn my geography is to travel...that's why I'm constantly on the go!Delete
Welcome, Jarm! I am sad to say I have not read this book, so I appreciate the recommendation. I think I need to dig out those Caldecott lists and start reading everything.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Kirsten! I love good illustrations, since I am a visual learner. I realize how many books I have not read, now that I am participating in PPBF...it's good to be on board!Delete
Jarm! I'm so sorry to be the last one here on your first day posting! Please forgive me - I'm a wee bit over-scheduled these days it seems! You did a brilliant job, and I love your book choice. You can't beat Uri Shulevitz! This looks like an excellent addition to our list, and I'm looking forward to your upcoming choices given your interests! Thanks so much for joining us on PPBF :)ReplyDelete
Please don't worry, Susanna...we all have days like that! I'm grateful to be a part of PPBF. I'm enjoying my newly discovered PBs! Thanks for your input, and creation of this helpful project...Delete
Jarm...so happy you have joined PPBF...with such an unique focus for the books you review. I love historical books for kids...this one looks amazing! Thank you for a great review...and for the resource list. :)ReplyDelete
You are welcome, Vivian...I'm looking forward to sharing all the great books I have discovered. Thanks for stopping by!ReplyDelete