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NPBM Blog-Along: Sea

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 12, 2011
Theme: Sea

Puff the Magic Dragon, written by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton, and illustrated by Eric Puybaret

I bought this picture book at the first Scholastic book fair that I was a part of as a school librarian.  It came with a CD and several variations of the song–instrumental, with lyrics, as a duet, etc.  We all know the song–Puff, the Magic Dragon lived by the sea, and frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honalee-and it’s difficult to flip through the pages without bursting into song or at least humming along!  The illustrations are beautiful–they really flesh out the story, and just about make you cry when little Jackie Paper doesn’t return.  But the illustrations show that there’s a new generation to befriend Puff, so it doesn’t seem so sad at the end.  This is a great printed edition of the famous song, and a great tribute to the power of picture books.

I remember…

:: singing “Puff the Magic Dragon” with a Wee Sing songbook and cassette!

:: spending way too much money at the first book fair as a school librarian

:: selfishly deciding to keep this book and bring it to California, rather than donating it to the library… I know, selfish!  I just keep telling myself it’s for my future children!

What’s your favorite Sea picture book?

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

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