Monday, June 6, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration: Book one hundred and fifty-seven

Most little children go through a stage when they like to say, as often as is possible, "I can do it BY MYSELF." Sometimes they can, and sometimes they can't. I have seen many little children who are not able to read holding a book very importantly and telling their version of the story using their imagination and the art for inspiration. In today's book, no pretending will be necessary because the book is wordless. Children will be happy to say, "I can read this one BY MYSELF."

Polo and Lily (The Adventures of Polo)Polo and Lily
Regis Faller
Wordless Picture Book
For ages 4 to 7
Roaring Brook Press, 2009, 978-1-59643-496-7
   The sun is just coming up and Polo is outside his tree house watering his garden and harvesting tomatoes. Happily Polo cuts up veggies, puts them in a pot, catches a fish, and makes himself a delicious meal, which he eats in the evening. He reads a book in bed and then goes to sleep.
   While he is sleeping, a little cloud floats up over his island and the person sleeping on the cloud, Lily the rabbit, quite suddenly finds herself catapulted through Polo’s bedroom window. Both Polo and Lily are rather startled at first, but then they are able to laugh at the situation. It is not every day that someone comes for a visit, transported on a cloud.
   In this delightful wordless book we meet a little dog whose quiet life is turned upside down when a cheerful rabbit arrives unexpectedly. Children who do not know how to read yet will be delighted that they can follow the story without any adult help, and older readers will enjoy making up dialogue for the two characters.
   This is one in a series of books about Polo and his adventures.

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