Thursday, July 12, 2018

Picture books for everyone

Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester

Tacky has been one of my favorite picture books for years now. It will always be one of my favorite read-alouds. The plot is straightforward enough for the very young to understand. There is enough humor to appeal to even more cynical older kids. For the adult reading the book aloud, there are myriad opportunities to play with the narration. Personally, I love to contrast the way I narrate Tacky's actions and choices with those of his companions and to affect a gruff voice for the hunters' chant. This book delights every young audience I've shared it with. And if young readers enjoy this book, Lester has written several other Tacky books, each with it's own focus and source of humor. Please, if you haven't yet discovered the joys of Tacky, find a copy ASAP.

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