A Perfect Day by Lane Smith; illustrated by Lane Smith. 2017. Mixed media. Published by Roaring Brook Press.
Brief summary: It’s a warm sunny day in Bert’s back yard. A perfect day for cat, dog, Chickadee, Squirrel, and Bear but all in different ways. Bear is unaware of spoiling the other animals’ perfect day as he relaxes in Bert’s back yard.
Comments: It will get readers to stop and think what a perfect day means to them. A turn-and-share with students could teach about others’ interpretations.
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They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel. 2016. Colored pencil, oil pastels, acrylic paint, watercolor, charcoal, Magic Marker, #2 pencils, iBook.
Brief summary: A house cat walks through his world and is seen differently by each being. Sometimes the cat is a large monster; sometimes the cat is a small creature. It also can be different colors and shapes.
Comments: This book demonstrates different visual interpretations of the same object which can differ from one another depending upon one’s own attitude towards it or the fact that an eye can only see certain colors and shapes. I would use this in an art class for different visual perspectives and in a reading unit when discussing points of view. I recommend this as a Caldecott contender.
School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex; illustrated by Christian Robinson. 2016. Acrylic paint & collage techniques.
Brief summary: School is built one day and named Frederick Douglas Elementary. Janitor is cleaning him and shares that teachers and children will fill him soon. School learns about the children on the first day of school and what they do inside of him. At the end of the day, School tells Janitor that the whole time before he thought of himself as the Janitor’s house. Janitor explains that the children will be visiting all school year.
Comments: Cute story to read during the first day of school. I would also read this during a personification or perspective unit of study.