Happy Friday! It’s great to be back on the blog. Life and work have kept me busy. I am very excited to have a Spring Break next week!
Today I would like to share a wonderful picture book with all of you. Visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Page to see a full list of perfect picture books contributed by authors, illustrators, teachers, librarians, and parents.
Written and Illustrated by: Gianna Marino
Published by: Penguin Group 2012
Themes: African savanna, elephants, love, water, mother/child
Audience: Ages 3-7
Opening: Beneath the shade of the baobab tree, Little One sang the calling song, and Mama came with a loving nuzzle. “The land is dry, Little One,” Mama said. “I must climb the highest mountain to ask the skies for rain.”
Synopsis: The dry season has arrived and Mama elephant must leave Little One to ask for rain. Little One does not want her Mama to leave and needs reassurance. When Little One asks Mama how she will know she still loves her, Mama tells her that when she feels the warmth of the sun, she will be loving her baby. When Little One asks how her Mama will find her again, Mama tells her to meet her at the moon when the sky is bright. Mama leaves, and the earth cracks from drought. Finally rain comes, and Little One sits in the grass and sings the calling song to her Mother. She sees Mama Elephant in the distance and they reunite under the bright moonlight.
Resources: This book was recently published, and I was unable to find online activities for it. I think that the book could be paired with non-fiction books about the African savannah and elephants. When I introduce a non-fiction subject in the library, I always pair it with a strong picture book.
Why I like this book: This book tells a heartwarming tale of a mother leaving her child for the first time. Like most young children, Little One needs lots of reassurance that her Mama loves her and will return for her. I don’t have a child of my own, but if I did, I think I would read this story to him/her before leaving for a significant period of time. (Which, for a child, could just be an afternoon) I can imagine it being a book that we would return to again and again.