BT-Pre-reading Post for Sect. 4
What was your favorite picture book as a kid? Why did you enjoy it? Describe what the pictures looked like. Why do you think the author wrote this story for children? Does it have a message or moral?
My favorite picture book is The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer. This book was beautiful because of the artwork, the imagination, and the descriptive words. The pictures were realistic and had lots of color in them. I think the author wrote this story for children because when we are younger our imaginations are (generally) greater. The main character in this book wants to create a living space for a salamander he found. His mom reminds him of all the things that the salamander will need: company, food/water, insects, birds to eat the insects, leaves to play on, bullfrogs to tell goodnight stories, trees for the birds, an open roof for the trees, etc. Its message is that you can change things to be able to make space for another, and really, the sky’s the limit. I think that one of the underlying topics is that you should always think ahead.
Other Worthy Mentions:
- The Story Of Little Babaji by Helen Bannerman
- Flotsam by David Wiesner
- The Rainbow Goblins by UI De Rico
- The Star Bellied Sneetches by Dr. Seuss
One book that I remember hating, and still do to this day, is Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister. I do not like this book because it supports conformity… I’m not sure if the author meant it that way or not.
Thanks for reading! 🙂 Please check out some of my other posts to get good reading suggestions. Remember that (generally) every book mentioned, is recommended. Feel free to comment below!