Books wouldn’t be as exciting without the characters in them. Some characters, like Junie B. Jones, are instantly likable and lovable. Other characters, like Miss Agatha Trunchbull from Matilda, make you despise them.
Picture books show us more of the feelings of the characters through their brilliant illustrations. Forever Friends by Carin Berger is a story that I shared with a first grade class today. The illustrations were simple, yet elegant. They showed the progression of the seasons and how sad the rabbit was when his friend went away for the winter.
If I could choose to be a picture book character for the day, I would choose to be Franny B. Kranny from Franny B. Kranny There’s a Bird in Your Hair by Harriet Lerner. I’ve always wanted red hair (yes, I have the red wig to prove it). And wouldn’t it be fun to have an animal that wanted to live that close to you? I think so, but it could get a little messy.
If you could be a character in a book, who would you be??? Why?
Bird photo by mikebaird from Flickr Creative Commons