One of the first steps to learning how to read is following a story line through pictures. Soon enough a young kid will want to know what all those funny black marks are doing on their pictures and follow along as a parent, grandparent, sibling, or teacher reads those words out loud. Two new board books at the Port Library will help with that first step of creating interest in a story through pictures.
I’m Sunny! and its companion I’m Grumpy! by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm each tell simple stories. In I’m Sunny! a bright yellow sun with a smile finds a red balloon floating up near him. With a swoop and a whoosh he grabs the string of the balloon and gives the reader a big bright smile. Meanwhile Tizzy Tornado enters the landscape and sees the Sun has a great balloon. Tizzy asks politely to hold the balloon but the Sun says no! Tizzy whirls away angrily, but the Sun can see him crying off over the next hill. This makes the Sun rethink what he’s done and a quick compromise has both feeling sunny again. In I’m Grumpy! Grumpy Cloud is asked why he’s so down. The reader can see through a series of pictures what a difficult time Grumpy Cloud has recently had, ending with a spilled ice cream cone. When the cheerful Sun comes into the picture and tries to cheer Grumpy Cloud up, the cloud just gets grumpier until kaboom! – lightning strikes! The sun skitters away and Grumpy cloud feels even worse until he spies the perfect way to cheer both of them up.
These board books have clear, bright comic illustrations and are sturdy enough for the youngest reader to grasp and flip the pages.
You can get the book reviewed here and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit.