Pretend

  • Title: Pretend
  • Author: Jennifer Plecas
  • Illustrator: Jennifer Plecas
  • Publisher: Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication year: 2011
  • Brief Summary: From Penguin Random House-“What could have been a quiet afternoon at home turns into an adventure for Jimmy and his dad. Their couch turns into a boat! The staircase becomes a mountain! And blankets become a cozy hut, just right to cuddle inside. The one thing they don’t have to pretend is how much they love one another.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – Much like I talked about in some of my most recent picture book findings, especially Lift, children experiencing their imagination is something they should also see in their readings. This is why I think this book would be great for an elementary school setting. I found this resource guide from the Best Beginning Alaska website that has discussion questions for a teacher/librarian to ask before and after the reading.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – I liked Plecas’s illustrations that alternate between the pretend world of Jimmy, and reality where Jimmy and his Dad are going throughout the house. I also liked that this is a story about a dad and his son playing pretend which I feel like is a relationship aspect that I haven’t seen often in the picture books I have read thus far.

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