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My Mommy


My Mommy written and illustrated by Susan Paradis

Published by Front Street, 2002.

Suitable for: 2-7

Themes Topics: family, moms, daughters, nurturing.

With minimal text, Susan shows the warm and nurturing of a mother to her daughter from morning until night.

My mommy feeds me

Check out these super cute d.i.y crafts kids can make for their moms.

And more lovely crafts here too. I like the celery one.

Check out Susanna’s wonderful library of picture books for more great reads.

Isn’t this a sweet poem:

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms on Sunday

Handy Hands

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Anybody recognize this hand? It reminds me of Hand from the Adams Family. I wonder if the author based him on that one.

This hand is actually from a really neat picture book called Henry’s Hand

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Here’s the scoop:

Henry and Hand do everything together, they are best friends, but Henry finds Hand so handy he takes advantage of Hand’s generosity so Hand runs away. I won’t spoil the ending but this is a super read and very visually entertaining too. A great lesson for kids hidden inside a fab story.

Dogs aren’t sure if hands are handy:

Have a great day!



PPBF The Duck Who Played the Kazoo

untitled (15)I can’t remember where I discovered this cute picture book but I hope it’s new to PPBF.

The Duck Who Played the Kazoo written by Amy E. Sklansky and illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke.

Publisher: Haughton Mifflin Harcourt

Suitable for: 4-8 years old.

Themes/Topics: Lonely, friendship.


There once was a duck who loved the kazoo. He played: La ditty, da ditty zu zu.


A hurricane blows through the duck’s lake blowing away all the other ducks. He is left all alone playing his kazoo. He stays there through winter but then leaves his lake in search of companionship.


You could make some paper ducks and even a paper lake. Flap some cardboard around for the hurricane and try and get all but one ducks off the lake. Make some paper snow for winter and then have the duck fly to find the others.

I was so attracted to this book by the illustrations. The watercolors are lovely and in my favorite blues and greens for water and trees. It such a sweet story too.

Join in the groundhog day celebrations on a special Phyllis birthday by joining in Susanna’s contest. All you have to do is write a poem about Phyllis. Details here. While you’re over there browse through today’s perfect picture book selection.

Have a great day!



Hanukkah Bear

bearCan anyone guess what drew me to pick this book up at the library? I’ll give you a clue I’m not suddenly Jewish. Can’t Sleep…. yes you got it! Susanna Leonard Hill’s Can’t Sleep Without Sheep had the same illustrator. I just had to pick it up for my last Perfect Picture Book Friday this year and it is delightful!

Can’t Sleep Without Sleep revised by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka

The original version of this story first appeared in Cricket magazine in 1988 and as a picture book The Chanukkah Guest in 1990 illustrated by Giora Carmi.

Holiday House published this version in December 2013.

Suitable for: 3-8 Themes: Hannukah, caring, winter


Old Bear awoke from his winter sleep. He poked his nose outside his den. What was that? Mmmmmmm!

Synopsis (inside cover)

Bubba Brayna can’t see or hear well. When a bear arrives at her house on Hanukkah night, she thinks he is her rabbi! They light the menorah, eat up all the delicious latkes. Before he leaves, Bubba Brayna gives him a scarf she made herself. Then the real rabbi shows up.

Activities: There are lots of Hanukkah crafts for kids here.

I just love how this very old lady mistakes the bear for the rabbi and translates his brrrrr’s all the time. This book is so funny and cute, perfect for the hoidays!

Check out more Perfect Picture Books at Susanna’s library. Have a great weekend!


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The Curious Demise of a Contrary Cat

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Just pretend it’s Halloween still 😉 The Curious Demise of a Contrary Cat is too good no to share! Written by Lynne Berry and illustrated by Luke LaMarca.




Witch is making a spell and keeps expecting cat to fetch all the ingredients. Cat has no interest in fetching anything so witch hatches a clever plan to get her own back.

Activities: Get kids to role play the story and take turns being the cat and the witch. Which do they prefer and why?

I loved this book it was so much fun and had lots of repetition which always makes for a great picture book. The limited colour scheme was quite funky too.

Check out this cat’s laugh it’s hilarious!

There are more perfect picture books at Susanna Hill’s amazing library of picture books.

Have a great weekend!



All by Myself

This is such a funny title considering I’ve sent all my subscribers to my (not quite ready blog) 😉


All by Myself written and illustrated by Ivan Bates.

HarperCollins Publishers, 1st February, 2000.

Suitable for: 3-7 year olds.

Themes/Topics: Independence, courage, teamwork.

Every morning, Maya and her mother had breakfast together. Maya’s mother would reach for her long trunk high into the branches of a tree and pick the juiciest leaves for them to eat together.

Synopsis:(inside cover)
Every day Maya’s mother picks leaves for breakfast with her long trunk. Then one day Maya decides she wants to pick the leaves? all by herself!
One little elephant plus one tall tree can only mean one big problem. Luckily, Maya’s mother thinks she just might have the answer….
A warm and reassuring look at a plucky little elephant who is determined to start growing up.

Find something pretty tall and pretend you need to reach the branches. You can try four different things. What would you choose before you asked for help? Discuss how easy/difficult it is for animals to find their food.

I love the watercolor illustrations and really fancy having a go at doing the cover sometime. Aren’t those tiny eyes so cute on a giant elephant?

Find more perfect picture books at Susanna’s awesome picture book library. Have a great weekend!


The Wee Hours PPBF

Happy Friday! I made a video for PPBF what a neat idea to get great books seen on YouTube too. I hope it’s okay with Susanna.

Poetry Friday is over at Carol’s Corner today http:// http://carolwscorner.blogspot.ca/2014/06/poetry-friday-roundup.html?m=1

Susanna’s Perfect Picture Book library http://susannaleonardhill.blogspot.com

Have a great weekend!


Harold finds a voice

Happy Friday everyone! Before I introduce a very colorful parrot, I hope you have some time to vote for the Round One match ups in the wonderful March Madness poetry tournament Ed DeCaria is organising. Poems are going up all the time. I’ll let you know when Round 2 goes up.


Harold finds a voice written and illustrated by Courtney Dicmas, published by Child’s Play (International) Ltd, January, 2013.

This book was shortlisted for Waterstones best Picture Book 2014. Waterstones is a huge book retailer in England, though I think they are currently struggling which is sad.

Suitable for: All ages

Themes/Topics: Being clever, friendship, home, happiness.

Deep in the heart of Paris,
in apartment 4B, there lived
a very clever parrot.

Harold has a special talent. He can mimic any sound from his apartment, so he ventures out to mimic more sounds. Then he starts to wonder what his own sound is.

Get kids to try and mimic sounds they hear and go to different places to find new sounds.

I adore the illustrations in this and have been dying to share it with you. It is utterly irresistable!

Find more perfect picture books in Susanna’s wonderful library.


Pip and Posy

After a super March Break I’m ready for Perfect Picture Book Friday and I have a cute snowy one today. Hopefully it’s the last snowy one this winter. Axel Scheffler of Gruffalo fame has written two very cute characters and there are lots of books out there about their antics. I had no idea.
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Pip and Posy The Snowy Day written and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, published by Nosy Crow, Ltd on 4th October, 2012.

Suitable for: 2+

Themes/Topics: co-operation, falling out, making up, resolving differences.

It was a very snowy day.
Pip and Posy wanted to go out and play.

Synopsis: Pip and Posy go outside to build a snowman and can’t agree on anything. They both get cross but in the end find a solution.

Activities: Try doing a project with someone else and count the differences of opinion. Brainstorm happy endings. Projects could be making a papier machee, a rocket anything.

I love how cute these characters are. Axel’s classic style is unmistakably his.

Susanna has a full picture book library at her place.

See you on Monday for the announcing of the winner of The Everglades book. Have a great weekend.


Farley Found It!

It’s raining here so there might be a few animals doing what Farley is doing in this fun picture book. Sandy doesn’t even go in her shed, the little monkey.


Farley Found It! written and illustrated by Bruce Van Patter.

Suitable for: everyone!
Themes/Topics: sharing, acceptance, tolerance, friendship, humor.

Farley loved his meadow when the dandelions glowed in the sunshine.

Farley the sheep hates sleeping outdoors and pinches Edna’s house. Edna keeps hiding it but guess what?

Too funny indeed and the lush colours in this are wicked! I love the lime and the green. This is a classic must-read pb.

Make a dog house out of a box and watch your sister pinch it then hide it again and so on 😉

See more awesome picture books at Susanna’s library of picture books. Have a great weekend!