One Little Bag: An Amazing Journey by Henry Cole, illustrated by Henry Cole. 2020. Micron Ink Pens. Published by Scholastic Press.
Brief summary: This story without words is illustrated in black and white with the color brown emphasizing the bag as it begins as a tree log being chipped, rolled, and made into a paper bag. Young readers follow a boy and his bag. The bag has a heart added and used as a lunch bag and continues in the growing milestones of the boy gathering more hearts inscriptions as it ages three generations.
Comments: Wow. That is certainly one well-made paper bag. Students could talk about all of the uses they could have with a paper bag. Ask why this bag was saved and reused.
That’s Me Loving You by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrated by Teagan White. Published by Random House. 2016.
Brief summary: A motherly voice in simple prose tells various children that no matter wherever you go, your mother will be loving you which can come as the sun’s beam, a winking star, or ocean’s breeze.
Comments: This is a short book for very young students. This could be read to a child before a parent has to go on a trip or even the first day of preschool when they will not be together. This is a book which could be read and studied to introduce personification examples with students. Words are on one side; illustrations on the opposite. Although this is in prose, it is not rhyming other than the first sentence.
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A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O’Leary; illustrated by Qin Leng. 2016. illustrations ink on paper and digital painting.
Brief summary: A teacher talks about families and asks her students what made their family special. Each child shares something unique letting the reader learn about different types of families including families with same sex parents, blended families, families with foster children, large families, single parent families, families with divorced parents, and families with biological and foster children.
Comments: This book represents many families that are not usually found in mainstream picture books. It is a pleasant change to see so many variants.