Saturday, July 12, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 84

Terrific Trio: Book 2

Picture Book: On Linden Square

Author & Illustrator: Kate Sullivan

Summary: Stella Mae is bored on her first day of winter vacation. Luckily for her, she always has a perfect view into windows of neighbors across the street, and she often hears the noisy antics of neighbors in her building. Perceptive Stella Mae thinks she knows her neighbors though they are always too busy to speak. When a snow storm blankets her neighborhood and home bounds them all, she ventures out to build a snow creature. Soon she is joined by her neighbors whose creative spirit transforms the snow creature she is making and their own relationships.

Hanna’s Comments: This is the 2nd book of this PBT Terrific Trio in which all the books involve communities becoming more engaged due to unforeseen circumstances. While reading, check out the glossary in the back of this book which defines the many interesting words used, including many musical terms.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Sleeping Bear Press, 2013

Age & Grade Appropriateness: 6 and up, 1st and up

# of Pages: 40

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: None at present

PBT Category: Fresh off the Press

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: attentiveness/observation/seeing, beauty, blessings, body of Christ, celebration/party, change, communication, community, companionship, creation, creativity/imagination/ingenuity, gladness/happiness, humanity, image of God, listening, loneliness, neighbors, neighborhood, noise/sounds/voice, participation, presence, relationships, Sabbath, satisfaction, snow, surprise, transformation, unity

Scripture Connections: Scriptures about the Sabbath

Idea(s) for Application: These 3 books would be fantastic for a literature lesson at a homeschool/religious school. You could compare and contrast the plot devices and literary elements. For this book, you already have the vocabulary listed in the glossary in the back. Then consider how these 3 communities are approaching what it means to live in the kind of intentional, loving community that your religious community holds dear.

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