Today, I’m joining my first meme and it is on a theme close to my heart. Picture Books.
After hearing so much about author Susanna Leonard Hill from the 12×12 picture book writing community, I’m hopping on the picture book bandwagon with Susannah Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Fridays! And what better day to start off than on Valentine’s Day? Love. Picture Books. Get the picture :)
Incidentally, today is also the 15th day (also the last day) of Chinese New Year. Families will typically mark this with another reunion dinner, the first reunion dinner being on the eve of Chinese New Year.
So, on this day of love, family and reunions, I start my 1st picture book review with my most loved picture book.
By Oliver Jeffers
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books
“Once there was a boy and one day he found a penguin at his door.”
And this begins a heart-warming tale of the boy’s quest to help the penguin return home. Eventually, the boy builds a boat and rows the penguin back to the South Pole. Their friendship builds up along the way as they brave storms together and stories which the boy shares. As they reach their destination, the penguin looks sad again. That’s when the boy finally realises. The penguin wasn’t lost but lonely.
* Winner of Blue Peter Book Awards 2006, Nestle Children’s Book Prize Gold Award Winner 2005
Lost and Found has also been turned into a short animated film. Watch and read about it here.
I love Oliver Jeffers’ books but this one is still my all-time favourite of the lot because it really pulled at my heartstrings. The sparse language and amazing illustrations pulls you in, the friendship and ernestness of the boy in helping his friend warms you up and the ability to say so much in so little just makes you pick up the book over and over again.
This is also the first picture book I bought back in 2007 when I was trying to decide what type of picture book I wanted to write for the Book Council’s First Time Writer’s Publishing Initiative. In fact, it’s the first picture book I have ever owned. Way back when…in my childhood, there wasn’t a picture book culture in Singapore. So, I started out with Beano and Archie comics, graphic novels and then straight onto Enid Blyton. I’m definitely making up for lost time now that I have found my love for picture books.
Fun Recycled Craft – Valentine’s Day Mail Boat
On this Valentine’s Day, build a friendship pirate boat which you can use to store Valentine’s Day notes from friends and loved ones.
Check out how you can make this pirate boat step-by-step from a shoebox from We Made That.
And if you need a trusty first mate, check out Fun Family Crafts on how to make a penguin to go on board your friendship boat.
Also visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog for more picture book recommendations and book resources at her Perfect Picture Book Fridays!