Peter Easter Frogby Erin Dealey; illustrated by G. Brian Karas. 2021. Mixed media. Published by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books.
Brief summary: Peter Easter Frog hops along the forest’s trail placing colored eggs in the grass and runs into a turtle with her Easter hat on. He invites her along his journey and comes across a cow. She joins the frog and turtle as they pass out more eggs and collect a dog and chipmunk to join them. They come across the Easter Bunny who is not happy with them doing his job. Peter Easter Frog gives the Easter Bunny an egg; the first time anyone ever gave the rabbit one. He decides they could all help him deliver the colored eggs.
Comments: This is sweet book with nice pastel illustrations.
This book reminds me of the Easter song we sang in elementary school (“Here Comes Peter Cottontail”) probably because the first line in the book and in the song are very similar. Here is one version of the song:
Do you remember your first babysitting job? Were you paid? Did you take a babysitting course to prepare you for any mishaps? These two picture books have inexperienced babysitters who do not want to babysit at all and really would prefer taking a nap but instead are forced to watch younger ones. Both sitters have adventures that wake them right up.
Brief summary: Chick is told to watch his little brother while his mom goes out. He seems bored as he takes a nap on the egg. His little brother begins to hatch. “Crack” and off he ran!” Chick runs after his half hatched brother who now has his two skinny chicken legs sticking out of his white egg. Chick goes through one near miss after another. The little brother runs into the pigs’ sty, then into the sheeps’ pin, and finally into the field where the big bull sleeps. All the while Chick is frantically chasing his little brother all around the farmyard. The adventures end when little brother wakes the bull. Chick quickly grabs his sibling and runs down the hill to the chicken coop in time for his mother’s return and at the same moment his little brother fully hatches out of all of the egg. His mother asks if Chick is ready to be a big brother unaware that he has being doing just that.
Comments: Older brothers and sisters can relate to just how much attention and energy is needed for a younger sibling. “Have you ever had to do any babysitting for your younger sibling(s)?” This book would be a good talk about what it is like to have a younger sibling. “Are you the big brother/sister to anyone? Are you the little brother/sister? Turn and share with the person next to you.”
Brief summary: Tiger has to babysit Cub and is not sure how to take care of the full-of-energy feline. He tries to go back to sleep but is wakened by the little ball of orange fur. Cub’s energetic curiosity has him excitedly going through the rain forest discovering all of the jungle animals while Tiger slowly strolls close behind. Cub’s enthusiastic and wonderment of the world around him is just what Tiger needs, and the father starts to become more energetic the longer they play and explore. Both become closer through this outing, as Tiger is reminded of the jungle’s beauty seen through the eyes of his cub.
Comments: The eye pleasing illustrations in this picture book are with bright colors and shades of greens throughout.
Brief summary: Pablo, an adorable fluffy white lamb, goes out to his first snow. ‘ “What is it for?” he wonders.” Pablo thinks it is for making tracks, riding a sled, and snowball fighting. After he gets together with his friends, Squirrel, Shrew, and Rabbit, they come across Fox who is making a snowman. Pablo stays with the snowman not realizing a snowstorm is falling all around him and covering his footsteps back home. He starts to cry until he sees two moving snowballs realizing his snow-covered Mom and Dad are there to bring him back home to the barn where they cuddle inside.
Comments: This would be a cute seasonal winter story to tell in the winter unit of study or for the joy of reading. Students could make Pablo with cotton balls glues to blue construction paper.
Brief summary: Duck’s curiosity gets him into another adventure as he climbs on top of a red tractor. He invites all the farm animals to climb aboard as they head into downtown past the diner where some of the customers look out wondering if they are seeing things. Farmer O’Dell notices that the tractor looks like his own and decides to go after it along with the other diner customers. The tractor turns the corner and runs out of gas causing all of the creatures to quickly run away realizing they may get in trouble with the farmer. When the crowd turns the corner, they see an empty red tractor sitting in the middle of the street. After believing they all must be seeing things, they go back to the diner to continue eating.
Comments: Done in the same whimsical style as Duck on a Bike(2002). Hilarious and exaggerated facial expressions and body language will have students giggling throughout the book.