It is picture book month and so we are celebrating in our own way with a selection of special picture books.
The Rattlebang Picnic is a wonderful story of ingenuity and family life by master storyteller Margaret Mahy. Can you begin to guess the location of this picnic :
"It was a beautiful morning. A plume of pure white cloud floated around the top of the mountain. The old rattlebang struggled up the winding,rocky road - bumping and banging and backfiring - then stoppped right beside the hot springs."
The McTavish parents have discussed things. Jack McTavish explains they can either have a wonderful speedy car or lots of children but not both. They decide to have a few children and an old car. "So the McTavishes had seven children and drove an old rattlebang."
Luckily Granny makes a pizza for the picnic and luckily Granny is not a very good cook. The pizza will save the day in a most surprising way.
I love exploring all the books in our library by Margaret Mahy. Her picture books are all gems. This book makes a terrific read-aloud and lends itself to an exploration of our books about volcanoes.
Over November we are featuring one picture book each day. I will explore some of our week one choices over the next few blog entries.