Every once in awhile, I love to do an author showcase. Today is on Monica Wellington!
Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington is another favorite in our house. My son loves this author and I like how simple but informative this book is. Your little reader will learn about the basics of what happens at an apple orchard, but you can take it further if you want. On many of the pages, there are chances to learn more. Such as the page about sorting and classifying, where there are apples ready to count 1-10, and sorted by colors. I love the last page that says that Annie is so happy to have her own apple farm. I loved that message and think it’s a lot more powerful than some may think. Women on farms in most books are “farmer’s wives” and I love that there is no one but Annie doing her own thing.
Mr. Cookie Baker was an instant hit at our house. The book is about who else, Mr. Cookie Baker and it shows the reader how he makes cookies from scratch, ices them and sells them. It’s a great book to explain baking and bakeries. My son loves the part where Mr. Cookie Baker eats a cookie after a long hard day and then says goodnight. I like the illustrations. They are bold and detailed without being cluttered and can almost tell the story all by themselves. Be warned though reading this will almost definitely make you crave a cookie or two.
Pizza at Sally’s is another great look at a small business owner, and how she does her work every day and feeds the masses with her yummy pizza! I like how it not only explains how to make pizza but it also looks at the ingredients and how they are grown and processed. Of course, it’s not explained in depth but it is explained enough to start a dialogue with interested preschoolers for further investigation. My son loves the cat in this book, the same cat is in many of the other books but for some reason, he particularly loves its presence in this one. It’s inspired me to make the dough from scratch with my son next time we have pizza! A lovely book!
SQUEAKING OF ART, The Mice Go to the Museum by Monica Wellington is a fun book to read before and even more fun to read after a visit to a museum. This book follows a group of mice that all explore the museum and the art on its walls. Each page is a different theme. The text is a dialogue between the mice and their Cat guide about the art displayed. The art itself are the author illustrator’s versions of art you will probably recognize. There are multiple paintings on each page. And if you are like me and like to quiz yourself on your ability to name the painting and artist this book is for you. There is a guide at the end of the book for every page.
I think I like this book even more than my son for that reason. My son likes it because he can recognize some paintings. But they are redone in bright vibrant colors and have a more cartoon look, which I think appeals to my son even more than the originals. When we “read” this book we often skip the text and simple look and explore the art. No matter how you read it this is a fine addition to any library for those who love fine art.
Truck Driver Tom is one of my son’s picks. The story is simple. Tom and his puppy drive produce from the farm to the market and see the countryside and much more along the way. The best part of this book is the fun bright and detailed illustrations. There is a wide variety of trucks, cars, emergency and construction vehicles! Also, it’s a great lesson about how our food gets from the farm to us.
Zinnia’s Flower Garden This book is really useful not just for teaching about flowers and gardens, but also about patience and the annual cycle of a garden. Zinnia plants and waits, waters, enjoys her flowers, then they die. She collects the seeds and plans her garden for next year. I love that the main story is perfect for my almost 3-year-old but there is much more for older children with longer attention spans. There is a little journal with notes about what’s happening with her garden, and various facts about plants as well. Like in so many of her books the author celebrates hard work and her characters take great pride in what they do. A fantastic message for readers, big and little. I also love the mix of illustration and photographs in this book especially. It gives the illustrations depth and a really interesting look.
Have you read any of these books from Monica Wellington? Which are your favorites? Comment below or share on my Facebook page!
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