By Jan Pease
Two more very funny books that were written by Steve Sheinkin incorporate time travel, famous historical people, and general silliness. In the first, Abraham Lincoln escapes from his book and 1860 and pursues his dream of being a professional wrestler. “Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler” is the title to look for. The second book is “Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean.” Imagine what would happen if the famous First Lady got tired of doing chores at the White House and ran off to join a pirate crew. By the way, all three of these books use the idea of characters escaping off the page of books as a plot device. Is it something in the water?
“When Sophie Thinks She Can’t,” by Mollie Bang, is the third book about a little girl named Sophie in the series that started with “When Sophie Gets Angry—Really Really Angry.” Ms. Bang writes books that help books that help children deal with feelings and frustrations. She is a favorite author of mine. I like the message in “When Sophie Thinks She Can’t,” which is that having difficulty solving a problem doesn’t mean something is wrong with you. It just means that you can learn to solve that problem, in math or in life.
problem. Pip Pip is afraid of water, so he can’t swim in the ocean. Maybe he needs to read “When Sophie Thinks She Can’t!” Of course, his mommy helps him be brave enough to jump into the sea where his penguin instinct takes over and he swims like a pro.
I love picture books! If it’s been awhile since you shared a picture book with a child, borrow a book, borrow a child, and enjoy what happens when you put the two together. See you at the library!