Saturday, August 28, 2010

Freda Plans a Picnic

Stuart J. Murphy
Illustrated by Tim Jones

Freda Plans a Picnic is a playful story about a backyard picnic with friends. Freda invites her friends, a dog, and soon it is the morning of the picnic. First things to PACK in the basket are sandwiches, apples, and cookies. Freda’s mom wants to CARRY the basket outside before her friends arrive. It is heavy so they carry it together. The blanket has been spread and Freda’s friends begin to arrive – they all jump right in the middle. The food is UNPACKED and they are ready to EAT. Freda even has a treat for the dog! After dessert, it is time to CLEANUP. Everyone has so much fun they don’t want to stop.

Mr. Jones’ clever character illustrations are original and colorful and will surprise young readers while keeping their attention on the text. This book is part of Mr. Murphy’s “I See I Learn” Series, which is the reason for the capped words above. At the end of the book is “A Closer Look”, 5 questions, is included to engage the young reader and the one reading. This book is an excellent addition to any library.

BIBLIO: 2010, Charlesbridge, Ages 3 - 5, $14.95.
REVIEWER: Debby Willett
FORMAT: Picture Book
ISBN: 978-1-58089-456-2

REVIEWED FOR: Children’s Literature, Online Version, 8/10/10

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