In March we start looking for early signs of spring. The first flowers in the garden, green buds on trees, the return of songbirds and, of course, rainy days. Grey, rainy days can still bring the chance for bursts of bright color — seen in children’s raincoats and galoshes, cheerful umbrellas, and if you’re lucky, a rainbow in the sky. This week’s puzzler is filled with images from picture books of rainbows. Can you name each book? Put your guesses in the comments below and I’ll be back at the end of the week with the answers.
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Happy March! After a pretty mild winter here in New England, March came in with a delightful snowstorm. Mother Nature’s way of reminding us that winter isn’t over until she says it’s over! There’s a common saying that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, so for this week’s puzzler, we have images of lions and lambs. Can you name each picture book correctly? Put your guesses in the comments below and I’ll be back at the end of the week with the answers.
We’re close to spring. I can feel it. This may very well be the most mild winter I’ve ever experienced. It’s not even March and already I can see little bits of green poking up in my flower gardens as my daffodils and tulips emerge. This has put me in a mood for the color green! So, for this week’s puzzler, I’ve collected ten green covers of popular picture books. Can you name each book from the small glimpse of its cover? Put your guesses in the comments below and I’ll be back at the end of the week with the answers. Think spring!
What color puts you in the mood for spring?
It’s winter in New England, but where’s all our snow? I like looking at these snowy picture books to put me in a winter-y mood, even when outside my window there’s not a flake on the ground. It’s lovely to live vicariously through books! I did a snow puzzler last year so I had to pick ten more picture books that I hadn’t used before. Can you guess which ones they are? I admit I got a little sneaky with one or two of them…
What’s your favorite picture book about snow?
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a warm and wonderful holiday season and that your New Year celebrations were full of shimmery fun! When I think about New Year’s Eve, I love to picture glitter, fireworks and stars. So for this week’s Picture Book Puzzler, I’m bringing you lots of shiny, star-filled images from favorite children’s books. How many can you name?
Don’t you love how every illustrator depicts stars so differently? It’s just so dreamy… It’s no wonder that so many bedtime books feature beautiful starry skies. Do you have a favorite picture book about stars?
I’ve been watching clips of the BBC’s new documentary, Frozen Planet, and falling in love all over again with penguins. Check out this very funny clip of “criminal” penguins from the documentary:
How sneaky was that penguin! So I’ve been inspired to put together a puzzler of penguins from children’s books. Can you name each book? Good luck and I’ll see you at the end of the week with the answers!
Just a side thought: Isn’t it remarkable how many children’s books have a penguin showing up uninvited at someone’s house, usually in a box? Do you have another favorite penguin book?
Are you ready for another Picture Book Puzzler? I’ve given you the synonyms for the words in ten picture book titles. Using these synonyms, can you name each of the picture book titles?
Here’s an example: The Super Industrious Arachnid = The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.
1. Don’t Permit the Bird to Steer the Vehicle
2. Granddaddy Emerald
3. Only We Females
4. The Ashen Women and the Fruit Thief
5. Sleep tight, Ape
6. The Hushed Tome
7. The Incredible Ovum
8. The Dozing Abode
9. Delusion Flurry
10. A Caller for Ursa
We’re celebrating 50 years of The Phantom Tollbooth here at The Carle! Our current exhibition, Growing Every Which Way but Up: The Children’s Book Art of Jules Feiffer, includes original illustrations from the now classic children’s novel. We’re also hosting book signings with author Norton Juster and illustrator Jules Feiffer, as well as the guest curator, Leonard Marcus, who is the author of the newly released The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth and just this weekend held a Phantom Tollbooth Day! For today’s Puzzler, I’m going to test your knowledge of Phantom Tollbooth characters based on the Feiffer illustration from the book. How many do you think you can get right? Put your guesses in the comments below and I’ll be back at the end of the week with the answers!
In addition to the beautifully done My Very First App, now there’s another wonderful Eric Carle app to add to your collection. Night & Day Studios just released Counting with the Very Hungry Caterpillar for iPhone and iPad.
What I love about this app is the way it has captured Eric Carle’s aesthetic. Crisp colorful images of all the fruits and junk foods are extremely faithful to Eric Carle’s original cut paper collage in his classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. As you know, Eric Carle’s simple and modern art style allows for a lot of white space on the page and this app echoes this with a simple white background. No flashing lights or obnoxiously bright colors. No annoying sounds or frantic animation.
The game utilizes the underlying concept of counting from The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Preschoolers familiar with the book will love the role reversal. Now they, instead of the caterpillar, are empowered to select the foods to eat. In five levels of increasing difficulty, an optional voiceover narrates the game. You must “eat the fruit” by tapping the correct number. For example, the player is instructed to “Please eat three strawberries,” and must tap the strawberriess on the screen. In a nice faithful touch to the book, once the fruit has been tapped, a hole appears as if the caterpillar has munched on through. Later levels challenge players by having more than just strawberries on the screen, so the player must sort through all the familiar foods to find the right one. Numbers displayed above the correctly tapped fruit reinforce counting skills from 1 to 10.
There is no win or lose as this game is on a constant loop and, even if you tap the incorrect food or number, you are given seemingly infinite chances to get it right. Select options and you can choose to turn on or off the soothing background Mozart music, as well as the female voiceover. You can also change the game play from sequential to random order to challenge more advanced players.
Would you like to give it a try? Night& Day Studios has graciously offered to giveaway games to FIVE of our lucky readers! Winners will have the option to choose from iPad or iPhone apps. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below and tell us your favorite food from Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. (Mine’s the strawberry). The giveaway will be open until 12:00 pm EST tomorrow, Friday, November 4th and then five winners will be randomly chosen. Good luck!
GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to the five winners: Jeanie Taylor, Bonnie, Leslie, Lynn and Joyce! I’ll be in touch soon about how to claim your prizes.
Did you know that you can buy apps and eBooks and still support The Carle? Visit our App and eBook store and browse through our selection of apps and books based on favorite children’s books. Then click the buttons below the description to purchase the app directly through iTunes. Each purchase donates a small percentage to The Carle that supports our mission of early literacy and education. Choose from Mo Willems’ Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App, Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon and a whole lot more!
Have you checked under your bed and inspected your closet? Today especially you might need to be on the look out for monsters. You and I know that picture books are not just cute puppies and fluffy bunnies. Some of the best picture books let children examine and confront their own fears and inner monsters. Besides, not all monsters are scary. Today, let’s embrace our wild sides with a few of my favorite monster books. Can you name each one based on the image below? Put your guesses in the comments and I’ll be back on Friday with the answers. Happy Halloween!