Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Petunia Pepper's Picture Day by Cathy Breisacher

I received an e-copy of this book for review.  I did not receive any compensation for my review.

Petunia Pepper is prone to disaster on picture day.  She has suffered through poofy hair, scraggly smiles and pink eye, resulting in pictures only a mother would love.  This year Petunia is sure things are going to be different.  Despite her careful plans, things go wrong. Missing the bus begins a series of misadventures that lead to Petunia saving a runaway poodle, but creates a disaster for picture day.  Disappointed about missing the class picture, Petunia’s day takes an upswing when the front page of the local paper features a picture of Petunia rescuing the poodle.  Finally, a picture everyone will love!

Girls (and their moms) will identify with this cute story with a happy ending.  As an amateur photographer  (and a mom) I like that it gives the message that perfection doesn’t always make the perfect photo. Kids will sympathize with Petunia’s anxiety of getting a good picture. The author and illustrator do a wonderful job of showing Petunia’s feelings throughout the story.  The bright, colorful illustrations compliment the story.  The author includes a “Take Time Out for God’s Word” at the end of the book. Personally, I found this to be an added bonus to the story.  Placing it at the end of the book allows educators who may be uncomfortable using such an addition in a public school setting, to choose to include the addition or not.

The one problem I had with the story was the idea that a teacher would prevent a student from being in the class picture.  I understand that having Petunia not be in the picture was a necessary part of the story line, but perhaps there was a better way of accomplishing this than making the teacher the bad guy.

Overall, this is a wonderful book. A great addition to any elementary or classroom library.

Recommended for Kindergarten through 2nd grade.

Mrs. Archer’s rating: 4 of 5

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