ROYALTY – The Princess and The Pony by Kate Beaton

IMG_6456Well as anyone who follows me knows, We are celebrating CANADIAN Children’s Picture Books this Month for Picture Book Month.  A few days ago I joined a group of bloggers to share in this Picture Book Month Celebration Calendar (Calendar and many other resources can be found at http://picturebookmonth.com/ )

Thanks so much for inviting me, Krystal [ http://www.healthyhappythriftyfamily.com/ ]

So this Blogger-in-Trainer is taking up this BONUS Picture Book Challenge..

Today’s Topic is ROYALTY and I have chosen The Princess and a Pony by Kate Beaton.

If you are not familiar with this book, check out this Read Aloud by Maestro Reads

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

From Kate Beaton, author/illustrator of the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller HARK! A VAGRANT!

Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year: a horse! A big horse, a strong horse, a horse fit for a warrior princess! But when the day arrives, she doesn’t quite get the horse of her dreams…

For anyone who’s ever been saddled with a truly terrible present, THE PRINCESS AND THE PONY is a laugh-out-loud story of overcoming first impressions and falling in love with one unforgettable roly-poly pony!

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The Princess and the Pony

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (June 30, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545637082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545637084
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 11.2 x 0.5 inches

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Now about Kate Beaton –

Kate Beaton was born in Nova Scotia, took a history degree in New Brunswick, paid it off in Alberta, worked in a museum in British Columbia, then came to Ontario for a while to draw pictures, then Halifax, and then New York, and then back to Toronto. Maybe the moon next time, who knows.

Source – http://www.harkavagrant.com/about.php


Onto the fun (post Reading!)

I hope you and yours have some fun with these colouring sheets from Scholastic.  They are good for Kids of ALL ages!

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Now besides the Pony, my daughter loves the last page of the book when all the Warriors are wearing their ‘cozy sweaters’.  We can spend many minutes at the end, going through each and everyone of those sweaters that Princess Pinecone gives to the other Warriors.  So I thought this might be fun.  Let’s design some fun, quirky, and colourful sweaters.

Download here, and let your imagination sore.  http://zakkalife.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/sweater-gift-tag-template.pdf

Thanks to http://www.lovevsdesign.com/products/ugly-sweater-gift-tags, we also have this great link to some Fun, ‘Ugly’ Christmas sweaters for you to use.

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Download here – https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0844/4645/files/uglysweater-gifttags.pdf?16433846447624331857

We hope you really enjoy this Fun, and Quirky book, as we have.  It’s a daily read in our house!!!  I’ll try and update later after the ‘head book selector‘ wakes up and we have some time to read, and craft together.

My Pinterest Board has these activities and a few more fun things related to The Princess and a Pony.  You can find that link here – https://www.pinterest.com/ralford/kate-beaton-the-princess-and-the-pony-kaelyns-book/

And remember, sometimes Parents Just Don’t Understand!  lol

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Source – http://mentalfloss.com/article/65773/most-interesting-comics-week

If you are interested in playing along with Picture Book Month, here is the Calendar.

PBM-2015-Calendar-ColorSource – http://picturebookmonth.com/

And I’ll be back daily with my own CANADIAN Picture Book selections.  Later today on the blog I’ll talk about Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee, Illustrated by Sandy Nichols

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