Mr. Gumpy’s Outing

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Burningham, J. (1970). Mr. Gumpy’s Outing. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

Awards: The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (1972 )
Kate Greenway Medal (1970)
Parent’s Choice Paperback Award
A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book
An ALA Notable Children’s Book

Mr. Gumpy kindly permits anyone who promises to behave onto his boat for a ride. It is a lovely day and at first all the children and animals mind their manners. Until they all end up doing exactly what Mr. Gumpy asked them not to do. And all at once! The children squabble, the rabbit hops, the chickens flap, and so on until Continue reading

Peggy: a brave chicken on a big adventure

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Walker, A. (2012). Peggy: a brave chicken on a big adventure. New York: Clarion Books.

A simple story of a chicken named Peggy who enjoys playing on the trampoline in her yard everyday until one big gust of wind takes her on an unexpected journey to the city. She eats spaghetti, chats with people, and with the help of some pigeons, finds her way home again. Although there was not an overdose of adventure, there were touches of sophisticated humour, best shown when Peggy notices herself on Continue reading

Wild Berries

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Flett, J. (2013). Wild Berries. Vancouver, British Columbia: Simply Read Books.

Awards: First Nation Communities READ (2014-2015)

Author Illustrator Julie Flett delivers a picture book set in both English and Cree. There are actually two editions: a bilingual English-Cree dialect version and one in a Cree dialect. In the English-Cree version, one Cree vocabulary word is highlighted on each page. A pronunciation guide follows at the end of the story.

Clarence and his grandmother have always gone blueberry picking together. Here they are, on a typical trip to the woods, picking both sweet and sour blueberries Continue reading