Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Pedro First Grade Hero - a bookwrap


Authored by Fran Manushkin

Illustrated by Tammie Lyon

Ages 5-7

Unwrapping some illustrations for you...

About the book...

 Pedro, Katie Woo's best friend has his own series now.  This book has four distinct stories about Pedro's adventures:

* "Pedro Goes Buggy " -  Miss Winkle, Pedro's teacher assigns the class a challenge. 

 "After school today, go out and look for bugs. Pick one that you like and write about it."

The students are thrilled with the topic, who wouldn't be... teaming kids up with insects?  It's a perfect match.  Let the hunt begin!  Pedro, a bug lover at heart, keeps on adding more and of them into his glass holding jar.  His curious (and sometimes intrusive) little brother Paco decides one day when Pedro is away at school to unleash the bug stash and pandemonium ensues.  Oh my!  With all his bugs scattered and escaping will Pedro find the perfect bug to write about?  I think you will be very happy with the one he chooses.

* "Pedro's Big Goal" -  Pedro is a huge soccer fan.  He loves everything about it, the running, kicking and jumping of the sport.  His team is in need of goalie and all the kids want that coveted position.  They go home and practice hard for the upcoming tryouts.  With encouragement from his dad and more and more practice the big day arrives.  Who will be the chosen one? Will Pedro be the one?  Can you guess?  Bet you can.

* "Pedro's Mystery Club" - Everyone loves to be a detective and solve mysteries so Paco decides to start a mystery club with his friends.  They meet in his new tree house to discuss strategies.  

Pedro's mother has lost her lovely locket and his dad has misplaced his new phone. They ask the club to help find their lost items.  Pedro carefully records the clues he finds along the way and tracks his parents every move.  He questions witnesses regarding his cases and discovers that mysteries are very hard to solve.  

Tired from their sleuth work the kids decide to take a breather and play soccer for a while.  Will they finally succeed at retrieving his parents lost articles?  Are the kids smart enough to figure out where they have disappeared to?  

They show how savvy they are in getting the job done and their reward?.... a chocolate chip cookie feast.  The best payment any kid  detective can ask for.

* Pedro for President"  Miss Winkle's class is in need of a president and both Katie Woo and Pedro decide to run. She asks them what they can for the class.  Pedro tells her that he can do magic tricks and Katie says she can tap dance.  Their teacher asks them the question that if they answer correctly will win them the position.  

"But how will you help the class?"

Pedro has to ponder that question a while and then he is informed that both he and Katie must deliver a speech to tell the class why they should be elected president.  Poor Pedro he is not good at public speaking. Through a series of events he shows the class that actions speak louder than words he could write on a piece of paper.  By helping others and showing balance and fairness Pedro wins because he exhibits that he is a team player.  

The end of book is riddled with riddles for your reading enjoyment.  I loved the diversity of the kids portrayed in the book and how they all were accepting of each other and were close friends.  The family dynamics were strong, supportive and loving. It was wonderful to see kids taking on leadership roles from an early age. The illustrations were just beautiful. Such a talented illustrator brought the text alive. I highly recommend this book.

About the author...

Fran Manushkin is the author of many popular picture books, including How Mama Brought the Spring; Baby, Come Out!; Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story; and The Tushy Book. There is a real Katie Woo, she’s Fran’s great-niece, but she never gets in half the trouble of the Katie Woo in the books. Fran writes on her beloved MacBook in New York City.

About the illustrator...

Tammie Lyon began her love for drawing at a young age while sitting at the kitchen table with her dad. She continued her love of art and eventually attended The Columbus College of Art and Design, where she earned a Bachelors degree in Fine Art. After a brief career as a professional ballet dancer, she decided to devote herself full time to illustration. Today she lives with her husband, Lee, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her dogs, Gus and Dudley, keep her company as she works in her studio.

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