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Subject: Hit: Definitive Picture Book

Here's the question I posed for this group to respond to:

If you had to choose a book that you considered the best example of a=20
> picture book, words, pictures, etc., what book would you choose?
> I have a friend who is working on one and I would like to provide him=20
> examples of the best of the best.  I have my own ideas, but would like =

> to hear yours.

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Rathbone

Two that top my list are Make Way for Ducklings (McCloskey) and Mike=20
Mulligan and his Steam Shovel (Burton).

Some of the very best picture books have an engaging story, characters =
that the children can relate to, teach a concept, have several voices, =
and are easy to build activities around.  Some of my favorites include; =
Cuddley Duddly, Snuffles House, Little Lumpty, Big Pumpkin, and Where do =
Balloons Go.

I  think  I would go  with Where the Wild Things Are.  It has a=20
wonderful pattern in it, great pictures, monsters, and lots to talk=20
about when the book is over.   There must be some reason why it is a=20
book that is on everyone's must-buy list.
Did anybody mention Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney.

Uncle Jed's Barbershop
The Polar Express
The Wall (Bunting)
This is just off the top of my head!
My pick for the definitive picture book is Sendak's "Where the Wild
Things Are" and my pick for the best example of a winner of the
Caldecott Award is  Peggy Rathman's "Officer Buckle and Gloria".

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

My personal favorite is Silly Sally by Audrey Wood. =20
Others I like a lot -

Don't Fidget a Feather by Erica Silverman
Mad About Plaid by Jill McElmurry
Captain Bob Sets Sail by Roni Schotter
Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough
What! cried Granny: an almost bedtime story by Kate Lum
Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? by Martin Waddell

Hope that helps - I'm sure I'm leaving off some great ones!

Thanks to all who responded.

Jan Cole
Horace Mann Elementary
Duncan , OK

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