Friday, November 23, 2012

Read-4-Luck: I Love You the Purplest by Barbara M. Joosse

Here we are the day after Thanksgiving and I have a book for Susanna Leonard Hill's PPBF. However, I typed this up last Friday. I'm visiting my dad. And no I'm not out doing the Black Friday thing. Maybe I should write a book about that. Hmmm...

READ-4-LUCK acts as a book recommendation, book review, teaching tip, and writing lesson for children, parents, teachers, and writers. This fun weekly feature began back in October 2010 and is still going strong 

 = Not bad. Might read twice.
 = Fun read first few times. Would get from library again.
 = Very enjoyable. Wouldn't mind owning a copy.
 = Awesome! Multiple readings are never tiresome. May just have to buy it.

This week's Read-4-Luck pick is I Love You the Purplest by Barbara M. Joosse

Summary: "Two boys discover that their mother loves them equally but in different ways."

Author: Barbara M. Joosse
Illustrator: Mary Whyte
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year: 1996
Word Count: 627
Age: 2-8
Topic/themes: love, family, siblings, fishing
Resources: see "Teachers" below

The beautiful watercolor illustrations are bright and colorful. You can even make it a Find-It book by searching each page for red, blue, and purple items! This book really resonates with children because they always wonder who momma loves best.

This was one of the first picture books I ever bought. And that was before I even had kids. When I read it in the bookstore, I got goosebumps and knew I had to have it. It's one of my favorites. Apparently, I have like 50 favorites just like kids have 50 "best" friends! I remember asking my mom this question in a note. I was about 9 years old.

This book is wonderful for teaching a writing lesson about color and poetry. You can have students brainstorm colors and feelings associated with those colors and write a poem mimicking certain pages from the book. The Six Traits for Writing has the complete lesson plan.

Just do the same thing teachers are having the students do above. For more in depth ways this book can help writers, visit again on Monday for the next installment in Story Elements #10: Beginnings and Endings! You'll get to peek inside the book and see more of what makes it so special.

What was the first picture book YOU ever bought as an adult?


  1. Hi Christie,

    I didn't know about your template for PBs. I'd love a copy. Here's my addy: salarsen71(at)gmail(dot)com.

    As far as your question about what was the first PB I purchased as an adult...I honestly don't remember. I'm thinking it was The Foot Book (but that's not technically a PB.) Might have been No Matter What.

    1. Hi, Sheri! Thanks for stopping by.

      I'd stay The Foot Book IS a pb. I'd never heard of No Matter What, but you have introduced me to a new author. Thanks.

      Your pb template should be in your inbox shortly.

  2. Such a lovely message for a PB, and such a great title! :) Love Barbara Joose!


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