Didn’t We Have Fun! Random Acts of Publicity Week & Winner Announced
September 3, 2012 in Elementary Educators, Helping Girls and Women Around the World, Picture Book, Robinson Hilda, six traits of writing Tags: biography picture book, Black History Month, picture books about America's history, picture books with voice
This week, my cyber buddy and fellow WOW! team member, Darcy Pattison, is hosting Random Acts of Publiclity 2012. The purpose is to talk about someone else’s book and be a cheerleader for a lesser known author and/or book. This year, she’d also like you to focus on conversations about a book. How do we start a conversation about a book? What do we talk about? SO, in this post, I am going to introduce you to a new and beautiful picture book from an indie press, tell you how you could use it in the classroom, and ask you a question I would love to get some answers to!
Before all of this, though, I need to announce the winner of Chynna Laird’s DARK WATER (YA novel), and it is. .. SueBe. Please email me, Sue, and let me know if you would prefer a print copy or an ecopy.
RANDOM ACTS OF PUBLICITY!
Short, short summary: The book I want to share with you from Crickhollow Books is Didn’t We Have Fun! The illustrations/paintings are by Hilda Robinson, and Hilda also narrated the text to Jeff Kunkel, who actually wrote it down. This is a BEAUTIFUL book, that children and adults will love. I think it fits maybe a first grade through third grade crowd, as some of the pages have several words. Basically, Hilda shared her childhood with Jeff who recorded it and then she illustrated it. From growing up in Philadelphia in a family with six children before the age of television to weekends and school and cuddling with their mom, this book presents a view of what it was like to grow up in a close African-American family, when children loved to play outside and families did not have a lot of money but were full of love. This is a great book for Black History Month, for studying the past, and as an example of VOICE when talking about the 6 +1 traits of writing. I think art teachers could also use this book.
The best page in this book is: “Didn’t We Have Fun!” What a beautiful poem about not having much growing up-no car, no TV, and not much money. “But we had parents who loved us, a good home, plenty to eat, and lots of books, games, and friends. Best of all, we had each other!” What a beautiful sentiment. But what is even more beautiful are the illustrations. Amazing!
Let’s talk about this book!
Since it’s Random Acts of Publicity Week, let’s discuss this book. This is not a typical picture book. I’m glad to see an indie press publish it because it is a beautiful book. But it does not tell a continual story or introduce a concept like many picture books. It also has A LOT OF WORDS–I’m not sure my 22-month-old daughter would let me read it to her, but she would love the bright and colorful paintings of the children in the book. As an adult, I love this book. It is a glimpse into the American past, to a simpler time and kids could play outside with no worries.
So, what do you think is more important for a picture book–to be a funny or short or a concept for children, so they’ll keep asking to see it over and over again?
For the adults to enjoy it and want to share it with their children or students?
I’m curious about this, and in the meantime, check out the beautiful Didn’t We Have Fun!