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I know that I sound like a moron but exactly how does one “read” a wordless picture book? I’m the kind of person that needs detailed instructions so I thought I’d research it because this whole concept of a wordless picture book is newish to me. I didn’t grow up with these but my kids and I have enjoyed a stack of them. Perhaps, though, flipping the pages like a slow-motion flipbook is not the way to go.
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We did the other extreme with actually writing out words into the book too. It felt a little wrong to be writing on the pages though, like we were marring the gorgeous artwork of Wave by Suzy Lee.
It seems appropriate that I apply some principles of yoga to wordless picture books, having just completed the final class of the school year with my friend Bea Abascal who has taught me Vinyasa Yoga now for five years.
It seems like I am always racing these days and sometimes bedtime stories are a rushed affair. Wordless picture books invite us to slow down. Savor the book. Drink it in. Take a load off and stay awhile.
Let’s start by looking at the cover. Do you like it? What do you like or dislike about it? What do you think the story is about?
Make New Friends
Stay in the Moment
This is reminder that I need on a daily. Enjoy this time together. Breathe it all in. A story is not just a story but a time to snuggle up together because, before you know, your child is reading Young Adult novels independently and there then he or she is practically out the house! In fact, why not read it again?!
I received two new wordless picture books that we enjoyed and we hope you enjoy them too (snuggled up in a cozy spot together!).
Best Books for Beginning Readers – Wordless Picture Books
Gem by Holly Hobbie
Look carefully. There may be a gem in your garden.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Jerry Pickney
One of the most acclaimed children’s book illustrators of our time now take his legendary skill with watercolor to new heights in this lavish visual adventure. As a curious little chipmunk leaves his nest to greet the twilight, he gazes at the glittering sky above him. He can’t help but also notice the sparkling dewdrops on a spider’s web, the lights of the fireflies, and the shimmers of moonlight on the water. “How I wonder what you are!” marvels the tiny creature, launching a dreamlike quest to reach for the stars.
Inspired by one of our most popular children’s lullabies, Jerry Pinkney’s gentle world–where the loving arms of nature embrace us despite darkness or uncertainty–is perfect for easing little ones into dreamland.
Both of these wordless picture books have gorgeous watercolor illustrations so it’s hard to play favorites. That being said, I wish I could paint like Jerry Pickney because there is a looseness to his watercolors that make the painting particularly vibrant.
In this picture book, he takes the classic nursery rhyme song and turns it into an adventure for a chipmunk who ventures out of his (or her, I suppose) nest and somehow gets launched into the night sky on a sailboat (see cover), then back down to earth into a pond, and then back up again on the back of a swan. And there are more amphibians in the pond … and do you suppose that it’s GEM from Holly Hobbie’s book? It could be! And certainly worth investigating!
p.s. Here’s a final coincidence: Tuesday has frogs too! What do you think is going on? I don’t know but I am sure that your child has a plausible explanation!
Congrats to Artchoo and Ann for winning the wordless picture books!
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