Wow. I took a couple of weeks off from Perfect Picture Books because, well, *eyes downcast* I felt guilty. It's been a busy few weeks in A2ZMommyland so while I was able to post books to my blog, I was not able to get back to view others posts, and it just didn't seem fair to not be able to give back. But, here I am back with a book, and lots planned for this coming week! YAY! I know, I know, you're excited too. But first things first; the book for this week: Dinosailors
Written by: Deb Lund
Illustrated by: Howard Fine
Publisher: Harcourt Inc. 2003
Suitable for: Ages 3 and up
Themes/Topics: Sailing, adventure, trying new things, returning home
Opening: "Dinosailors at the slip/ Cry out, "Ahoy!" and board their ship. They swab the deck, stow dinogear/ Ignoring clouds that linger near."
Brief Synopsis: Full of confidence and ready for an adventure, the dinosaurs we meet are tired of land and ready for the ocean. But, as their adventure continues, they are exhausted from a lot of work and realize that the ocean is not always calm. The conclusion: home is where they really want to be. Until they see a train....
Links to resources: A Google search for "sailing activities" turns up some interesting results, none of which fit what I was looking for here. But, knowing my own kids, and since it's summer, I think the best activity would be to give kids a sailboat and a couple of toy dinosaurs to play with in the pool and see what happens with that boat. Ooooh, I think I just came up with an activity for the weekend!
Why I chose this book: I just love this band of dinosaurs. These guys are so adventurous, but what I love the most is that despite their adventures, they are always happy to come back home.
As for the rest of the week, I promise to keep this brief. About a month ago, I received an email from Deb Lund (yes, the same author who is listed here) telling me how much she enjoyed my review of All Aboard the Dinotrain. Deb doesn't know this, but I felt so incredibly special that she commented; she's the one who wrote the amazing story!
Anyway, we did some emailing, had a conversation, and later this week I'll have the wonderful pleasure of sharing an interview with her as well as a peek at the next book in the Dinosaur trilogy: Dinosoaring! It's due to be released on June 16th (Save the Bookstores Day) and it's just as great as the first two.