Raisin’s Reads: Three Picture Books

Six-year-old Raisin loves to read! It’s time he shares his thoughts on what he’s reading. I am always pleased when he wants to write about his reading: a budding reviewer in his own right!

Hooray for Bread by Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman. This book is about making and eating bread. The bread gets eaten by the baker and his family. Also, dogs and ducks and birds and a mouse eat some bread. The mouse eats a crumb. All of the animals say “Hooray for bread!” The humans are happy in all of the pictures too. I liked the story and the pictures in this book.

Mom’s thoughts: I love this simple “ode” to bread. The chorus of “Hooray …. for bread!” is interspersed with the animals sounds (Hooray Woof Woof for Bread; Hooray Quack Quack for bread!) and I loved that repetition. Ahlberg and Ingman are a great time, so I was pleased to see another book by the two of them.

Rooting for You: A Moving Up Story by Susan Hood and illustrated by Matthew Cordell. This book is about a seed growing. At the beginning of the book, the seed was scared to grow up. When he got bored, he stuck a root out. It was frustrating because he bumped in to a rock! But then a worm talked to him and made him want to grow.  The seed met a spider, and bugs and ants were with him as he grows up. When he got out in to the fresh air, he kept growing until he was a big, big, big sunflower!

I like the way how the author made everything underground (except the dirt) and some things above ground talk. I also liked the pictures. Some of them were fold-out pictures as the seed grew bigger!

Mom’s thoughts: I loved this book the first time I read it! The journey of a seed is a perfect spring theme, and I love the creative voice in this book. What is a seed thinking as it grows? Obviously, it does not really have thoughts, but is interesting to pretend. I think Growing Up would be a great book to add to a plants unit or to a unit on how we all grow up and change.

Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Jonathan Bean. This book is about a boy moving. In the story, the boy is mad because he thinks the moving person is taking away his toys! I know that from the pictures. Every page only has two or four words. For example, the first page says, “Bad day Bad box.” In the middle, the words describe what is in the car and what is out of the car. In the end, the phrases start with “New” or “Good.” At the end, the boy makes a new friend and is happy again.

I liked the book because I liked the way the author  and illustrator made every page focus on one thing. In the beginning the backgrounds are in black and white and fading away. The boy is in color, though. I also liked the way the illustrator made the pictures explain the words.

Mom’s Thoughts: The first time I read Bad Bye, Good Bye, I was very intrigued by how the author and illustrator were such a team. The story would be incomplete without the words as it would be incomplete without the illustrations. I enjoyed, also, the story as it was told. At first the move is a traumatic event. As he drives across the country (having a new adventure), the tone changes into more neutral feelings about the move. In the end, of course, the child learns that new adventures are okay, and making new friends is possible wherever you go.

I think Bad Bye, Good Bye is a great book for discussing inference in a text. There is so much left unsaid in direct words. However, the evidence in the illustrations and the subtleties of the few words there are provide much evidence of the boys changing emotions.

Which of these books have you read? What were your thoughts?

About the author 

Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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