The Great Stink – Perfect Picture Book Friday

What we have here today, for your perusing pleasure, is history at its smelliest—a fascinating story that leads me to think more about the stench that emanates from San Francisco's storm drains every summer. But I digress. Let's head to London. From its water-borne disease vector endpapers to its funny and macabre illustrations, The Great … Continue reading The Great Stink – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Cougar Crossing – Perfect Picture Book Friday

P-22 is his name. (For real.)P is for puma. (Also called mountain lion or cougar.)22 for ID number. (More on that later.) Text ©️Meeg Pincus Illustration ©️Alexander Vidal He paces. Muscles flex. Tail twitches. Famous letters loom above him in the night.... Doesn't that narrative voice sound a bit like the voiceover in a Hollywood … Continue reading Cougar Crossing – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Stuff Between the Stars – Perfect Picture Book Friday

A few months ago I reviewed a picture book about Edwin Hubble, The Boy Whose Head Was Filled with Stars. In that book, the author mentioned Vera Rubin, the woman who was interested in studying questions in astronomy that others (yes, mostly men) didn't bother with. And voilá, now we have her biography! Vera Rubin … Continue reading The Stuff Between the Stars – Perfect Picture Book Friday

A Day for Rememberin’ – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I did not know the origin of Memorial Day, and now that gap in my knowledge is filled by this beautiful book. This quote from an article published on History.com underscores the significance of the event. “It’s the fact that this occurred in Charleston at a cemetery site for the Union dead in a city … Continue reading A Day for Rememberin’ – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Boy Whose Head Was Filled With Stars – Perfect Picture Book Friday

There are picture books that tell you about someone's life, and you recall events. Then there are picture books that tell you about someone's life, and you recall how they made you feel. This is the latter. Note how we zoom in on Edwin at home as if we're finding him through the eye of … Continue reading The Boy Whose Head Was Filled With Stars – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Pig War – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Yes, it's hard to believe that we nearly went to war over a pig, but it's TRUE! And this book turns the incident into a funny, but cautionary tale that isn't stridently moralistic. And you have to love that pig blimp leaping over the harbor on the cover! The author, Emma Bland Smith, first provides … Continue reading The Pig War – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Wood, Wire, Wings: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane

To Emma Lilian Todd, problems were likegusts of wind: they set her mind soaring. This lyrical sentence introduces us to a girl aswirl with ideas, curiosity, and a tinkering spirit. Just HOW do things work? Lilian figures things out. But what can a girl in the late 1800s do, if the world isn't quite ready … Continue reading Wood, Wire, Wings: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane

The Hundred-Year Barn – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Once a farm girl, always a farm girl. So it's especially lovely to go back to my roots via the prose of the fabulous Patricia MacLachlan. The hundred-year barn was built one summer in our meadow with a small stream running through. It was built by townspeople: fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, grandmothers and … Continue reading The Hundred-Year Barn – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Instructions Not Included – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

For Women's History Month, let's celebrate these women and how they "Coded the Future!" I love how children's authors are unearthing and writing about the untold stories of women's  contributions to our world. INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED exposes kids to three more women who were fabulous mathematicians, the forerunners of today's computer coders. These three women … Continue reading Instructions Not Included – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

The Lost Forest – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

I love learning things from nonfiction picture books, not unlike certain Jeopardy champions. In this case, the book asks the question:  "How do you lose a forest?" The author, aptly named Phylis Root, goes on to explain: You might think a forest would be hard to lose. But in Minnesota in 1882 a survey crew … Continue reading The Lost Forest – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF