Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Mrs. Biddlebox

Cover art for MRS. BIDDLEBOX

Author: Linda Smith
Illustrator:  Marla Frazee
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Year:  2002
Location: Knox County Public Library- Lawson McGhee

Awards: Starred review in Publishers Weekly, Parents' Choice Award Winner, Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Illustration

Summary: Mrs. Biddlebox wakes up the wrong side of her bed (bunk...) and trudges out into the world. She decides to cook the morning into a cake and gathers her ingredients: lawn, shadow, fog, sun, sky, and puts the whole day into her dough. She ate the whole cake with tea and "welcomed in the night." The swirled illustrations bring Mrs. Biddlebox and her environment to life. The reader can feel the motion in the drawings and the final spread with its multi-colored swirls in the night sky is just awesome. 

Classroom Ideas: There are so many great words in this book (knotty, dreary, dank, deary, mussied) and end rhyme in the text.

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