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A Picture Perfect Childhood
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I'm a big fan of picture books - especially the beautifully illustrated ones that are wonderfully in fashion at present (my habits run along the lines of prominently displaying them in our house to inspire reading, purchasing picture books to coordinate with our homeschool studies - particular in history and science, and even, occasionally, reading picture books aloud to unsuspecting dinner guests) and I'm delighted to have this great place to start to discover many more titles.
The substance of this book is comprised of essays on the value of picture books and how to incorporate them into your lives along with numerous creative and inspiring book lists.Read more ›
This is a book that will remain in my purse for library and bookstore visits for many years to come. That's if my children will part with it long enough for me to pack it.
Picture Perfect Childhood will be a valued and much used resource in any home where there are parents who are passionate about their children becoming readers.
At the same time, however, I have been chagrined to find the book riddled with grammatical errors, awkward usage, and just plain embarrassing mistakes. Mrs. Gibson quotes, apparently without editing, the testimony of a mother who says that her children "pour over [books] like melted butter." Clearly the writer meant "pore," not "pour," but in this case she's committed an embarrassing error in usage as well as a misspelling. One does not pore over books "like melted butter," because "pore" does not mean the same thing as "pour." Later in the book, there is a section entitled "Enter the Le Musée des Enfants" [sic]. Well, "le" means "the" in French, so the fact that "le" follows "the" here is either a typo or a demonstration of total unfamiliarity with the most basic level of French. Moreover, "musée" is a feminine word in French; the correct article would be "la," as in "La Musée." "Le Musée" is just plain wrong. This sort of thing should not happen at a time when, even if you don't know French, you can do a quick internet search for the correct term.
I am not trying to pick nits here, nor to take away from the great work that Cay Gibson has done, for which I am extremely grateful. I only wish that someone had copy-edited this book before it was published.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A Picture Perfect Childhood is a beautiful, wholesome book which is so much more than a book full of lists, as Cay Gibson shares with us, in her unique style, the value of sharing... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Margaret M. Myers
If you're looking for great books for a unit study, or around any given theme, this is the book for you! Read morePublished on November 29, 2008 by Ohio Matka
Cay has really outdone herself in this little jewel. It provides the most wonderful framework for a mom/teacher to build upon in regard to topics and the picture books that support... Read morePublished on February 28, 2008 by Kimberly Kane
Although I have read and enjoyed Cay Gibson's other books, A Picture Perfect Childhood exceeded my expectations. Read morePublished on February 22, 2008 by SMOM
I just got Cay's book in the mail. I speed read it just to get an over view. Now I am reading it slowly, savoring all the wisdom that the author has. Read morePublished on February 21, 2008 by Motherhen
This book is for anyone who loves picture books. This is also for anyone who has been brainwashed to believe that it's time to set picture books aside when your child reaches the... Read morePublished on February 21, 2008 by Monica Bucklin
I received this book on a Saturday and had read most of the text by Sunday evening; it was that compelling. Read morePublished on February 20, 2008 by Jennifer Dages