15 Feb 2013

"Happy" for PPBF AND Blog Design Giveaway

I'm joining Susanna Hill again for another fun Perfect Picture Book Friday.


Title: Happy
Author/Illustrator: Mies Van Hout
Publishing: Lemniscaat, NY, 2011
Intended Audience: 3 to 7 years old
Theme/Topic: Emotions

Opening Line: Curious

Brief Summary: This book puts a name and face to a variety of emotions. Each page has a vibrant pastel drawing of a fish expressing a different feeling. The images are simple, bright, brilliant and packed full of personality.

Why I Like This Book: In BC we're mandated to teach the CARE Kit (a program about personal safety) to our Grade 1 students. Part of this program is teaching the kids how to name and identify their feelings. I think Happy is the perfect book to lead into this. I love the simplicity and the vivid colours. I know my students are going to love this book, too.

Resources:

1. There is an excellent lesson plan here for drawing emotions with young children.

2. After the children have made their drawings, I'd have them choose a favourite to reproduce on black paper with oil pastels and print the emotion word underneath (just like in Happy).

This gorgeous pastel drawing and the lesson can be found

3. Drama Tableau: I'm going to give small groups of children a card with an emotion word. They'll create a still image with their bodies expressing that emotion. The rest of the class will try and guess their feeling.  I made you a 6-page file of emotion word cards you can use with this activity. Click the image below to grab.



Guess what?

I'm having a blog design giveaway!! If you're in the mood for a new design, please check it out by clicking the image below.



Have a great weekend!


25 comments:

  1. How do I not have HAPPY on my shelves already? Thanks for the great review!

    Sooo appreciate a chance to win a makeover, too!

    Barbara

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  2. I just put HAPPY on my Amazon wish list! Love it!
    Thanks for sharing such a cute book!
    Julie

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    1. You're welcome, Julie. It's very simple but can be used in good ways :)

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  3. Love the bright colours on Black ! So cute!

    Renee
    The Reading Corner

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    1. Bright colours with black are always so awesome, aren't they? They pack such a punch.

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  4. This is a really cute book that we have been reading at the library. And we play a game of making faces to go with the feelings. I like your art ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. This looks so lovely. Thank you!

    Kimberley
    http://1stinmaine.blogspot.com

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    1. It would be great with one of your K classes, Kimberley.

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  6. I read Happy to my students this week. :) Mies Van Hout has a new book called Friends coming out in April. It's on my "want" list.

    sandi
    rubberboots and elf shoes

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    1. I know! I just saw it. It looks "purchase worthy"!

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  7. What a gorgeous book cover! It makes me "happy" just looking at it!

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    1. I know what you mean. The whole book has a happy feel to it:)

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  8. This book sounds lovely, Barbara, and like one that would be so helpful to kids, who often have trouble articulating what they're feeling and recognizing what others are feeling. I LOVE the art - just gorgeous! Thanks so much for adding this one to our list!

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    1. That's what I'm hoping. I think it will work really well with our CARE Kit lessons.

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  9. Happy I'm on vacation and can go look for this book at an actual bookstore! Even if I don't find it, I'll be happy!
    Jenny
    Do you have the book "The Quiltmaker's Gift"?

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    1. I think I do ... but I'm not positive. I gather it's a good one :)

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  10. The colors in that book are so vibrant! Love those colors!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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  11. Just looking at the cover makes me want to read that book!
    Chrissy
    First Grade Found Me

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  12. This looks like a great book! I love the cover and the title!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Lori, Chrissy and Erik!

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  13. What a cool-looking book! Pretty cover and I love what it's about. I'm heading over to check it out! :)

    Kate
    Second Grade Sparkle

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