#pb10for10 was on August 10th.
But what if I want to add two more books to my list?
Books that the UPS guy just delivered?
Can we please have a PLUS TWO day on August 12th, where everybody gets to add just two more books to their list?
Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John "Appleseed" Chapman
by Esmé Raji Codell
illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins
Greenwillow Books, on shelves August 21
review copy provided by the publisher
Just in time for Johnny Appleseed's Birthday (September 26) comes this picture book that takes us back to the
"...quiet, tree-bough-tangled world,Codell doesn't give us the same-old same-old cutesy Johnny Appleseed story. She identifies and elaborates on not just the apples, but 5 examples he planted for us:
the world before the cement was poured
and the lights turned on..."
This book is all kinds of perfection, from Codell's beautiful writing, to Perkins' gorgeous illustrations. I think we'll be adopting Chapman's five examples in Room 228.
This book will wind up living on my Word Study shelf, but I won't tell my students that when I share it with them.
I will introduce this book by asking the students, "What do you notice?"
What do you notice?
...Later in the book:
"They flee a steer.
They steer a plane.
They plane a board.
They board a train."
What do you notice? What do you predict will happen next?
The three cats' crazy romp through a tale filled with homophones and homonyms gets completely tangled up...but then, with the help of a purple whale, they make it back home again. Fun, fun, FUN!! (And did I mention, visually stunning, with art that "consists of acrylic painted textures and paper cutouts that were combined digitally.")
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