Happy St. Paddy’s Day!
Today is my turn to share the Picture Book of the Day and in honor of Saint Patrick and Ireland’s rainy weather I am sharing an old favorite of ours and fun springtime read! PUDDLES written by Jonathan London and illustrated by G. Brain Karas is an experiential poem about childhood and the wonders of rain. This book is going to make you want to put on your galoshes and jump in some puddles but if the weather is not cooperating try my fun puddle art project instead!
In the book a brother and sister watch and listen with fear and excitement to a thunderstorm one night. The next morning they put on their rain boots and head out to discover the sun shining and the birds chirping and lots of puddles! After lots of fun splashing and exploring they head back inside to dry off and warm up. But of course kids will be kids. Can you guess what the then want to do next?!
PUDDLES is a sweet book that brings back childhood memories for me. Also I know I say this a lot but G. Brain Karas is also one of my favorite illustrators! I love how he captures the innocence of the story and his use of exaggerated perspectives and textures keep it interesting.
To make puddle art you will need three small bowls, 3 drinking straws, red, blue, and yellow food coloring, and watercolor paper. Add some water to each bowl and several drops of food coloring. Dip the drinking straw into a bowl and cover the hole with your finger as you lift it out of the bowl. Experiment with dropping the color on your paper at different heights. The further away you are the bigger splash it will make. You can also experiment with tilting your paper to create drips and mixing colors like blue and yellow to make green!
Do you have a favorite picture book about rainy day fun? Please share!
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