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NPBM Blog-Along: Friendship

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 25, 2011
Theme: Friendship

Roxaboxen, written by Alice McLerran and illustrated by Barbara Cooney

This is one of my absolute favorite picture books… the story and illustrations are just the quintessential essence of childhood imagination.  In fact, I’ve blogged about this book before, and when I went back to that old post, I couldn’t think of a better way to re-word what I’ve already said.  So here’s a quote from yours truly:

This book just embodies childhood.  Creating an imaginary world out of the bits and pieces that adults overlook is at the heart of any child’s imaginative play.  The imaginary world of Roxaboxen is built by neighborhood children out of the abandoned rocks and boxes across the road.  Reading this book is like remembering your own childhood fantasies, created solely out of your imagination.

I love how the children make up rules to go along with their personalities:  “Marian was mayor, of course; that was just the way she was.  Nobody minded.”   Just like the way we wish real life was really like, the rules don’t have to be consistent, as long as they make sense.  Speeding is not allowed by car but “ah, if you had a horse, you could go as fast as the wind . . . All you needed for a horse was a stick and some kind of bridle.”  Isn’t that the epitome of childhood?

What’s your favorite Friendship picture book?

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

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