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NPBM Blog-Along: Transportation

Did you know that November is Picture Book Month?

Trick question, because it never was before… but now it is!  Picture Book Month is an international initiative to celebrate children’s books and debunk the rumor that printed books will cease to exist because of new technology.  Go read more at founder Dianne de Las Casas’ website, and tune in for the blog posts by famous authors and illustrators.  There’s even a calendar with different themes for each day of November, so you can play along.

You know I can’t resist a good picture book, so this is right up my alley!  Instead of NaNoWriMo or any of the other 30-Day-Blog-Challenges, I’ve decided to take on Picture Book Month as my own personal blogging challenge–I will highlight one book a day that goes along with the theme for that day, in addition to my regular blogging.  Join me for Picture Book Month and share your favorite picture books!

November 6, 2011
Theme: Transportation

And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss

This has always been one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books!  It doesn’t have a political message like The Lorax or an inspirational messaged like Oh, the Places You’ll Go, but it’s just plain fun.  And there’s a lot of transportation in it, so it fits the theme!  I got my copy off the bookshelf, and listed all of the modes of transport–the most fun ten minutes of my day so far!  The inscription inside is from my Grandma in Christmas 1989–I was two years old!

As you’ll remember, it all starts out with a boring wagon drawn by a horse… but soon, the horse becomes a zebra, a deer, an elephant, giraffes, and is even accompanied by an airplane.  And the wagon doesn’t remain either; it’s replaced by a chariot, a sleigh, a brass band, and a trailer carrying an old man, in typical Seussical style!

What’s your favorite Transportation picture book?

Tune in tomorrow for the next picture book, and check out Picture Book Month’s website too!

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