Hest, A., & Bates, A. (2016). My old pal, Oscar. Harry N Abrams Inc.
Horacek, P. (2007). Butterfly, butterfly. London: Walker.
Leysen, A. (2016). Baba Yaga. New York: Clavis Publishing, Inc.
Lodding, L. R., & Fletcher, C. (2016). Painting Pepette. London: Templar Publishing.
Preston-Gannon, F. (2015). Deep deep sea. Trafalgar Square Books.
Rawlinson, J., & Beeke, T. (2006). Fletcher and the falling leaves. New York: HarperTrophy.
Richardson, J., Parnell, P., & Cole, H. (2005). And Tango makes three. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
Robaard, J. (2015). The little fox who lost his tail. NY, NY: Little Bee Books, an imprint of Bonnier Publishing Group.
Tafuri, N. (2007). The busy little squirrel. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
Zommer, Y. (2016). One hundred bones. Somerville, MA: Templar Books.
Horning (2010) states, “…the critic must break the picture book down into its individual parts in order to evaluate how its components fit together” (p. 87). Based on her criteria, focusing on how pictures and text work together, Fletcher and the Falling Leaves, and My Old Pal, Oscar are my top two favorite books on this list. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves features beautiful artwork. In the story, Fletcher the fox is trying to help a tree that’s losing its leaves. The book uses just the right amount of text to tell the story, and also educates children about seasons and change.
My Old Pal, Oscar is better suited for older readers. This book may be a tearjerker for some. It’s the story of a little boy whose pet dog, Oscar, has recently died. Still grieving, he meets a new dog on the beach. One picture in particular stood out to me. There’s no text on the page. It’s a picture of the little boy smiling and holding his hand over the paw of the new dog. This book touched me, and would be great for any child looking for hope in a time of grief.
For My Old Pal, Oscar, I think a follow up activity would depend on the child. I would not use this book for a story hour program due to its subject matter. This is a good book for a child who’s recently lost a pet, and perhaps may want to adopt a new one. If a child read and enjoyed the book, further research could be done on other materials that might help the child in the healing process. Perhaps I could give the child a nonfiction book on different breeds of dogs, or whatever new pet he/she is looking for. That could help the child decide on what pet to pick.
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves could be read in a story hour. I did a fall themed story hour last October. We didn’t read Fletcher and the Falling Leaves, but we the craft we did could be done after reading it. The children crumpled up bits of yellow, brown, and red tissue paper and glued them to a piece of paper with a tree on it to represent falling leaves. The crumpling of the leaves helped them practice their motor skills, and creating the tree helped reinforce the lesson of what how a tree changes in the fall.
Horning, K. T. (2010). From cover to cover: evaluating and reviewing children’s books. New York: HarperCollins.