I’m pretty sure many of us could look back to our childhood years and identify a little, and hopefully a lot, with Jamie, the main character in today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday selection, Down Here by Valerie Sherrard.
Jamie is a little boy with a big imagination. He sees the world in ways grownups no longer can. Where his mother sees a mess of blankets thrown over chairs, pillows piled up precariously, and a toboggan IN THE HOUSE, Jamie sees a castle where knights tame dragons to roast marshmallows. Don’t you already love this kid?
Although I never played with imaginary knights and dragons when I was little, I did play under the dining room table. I’d imagine the long tablecloth, that swept down to the floor, made the walls of my secret room. I would dump out my box of Legos and build a small village for my dolls. Some days, I’d pull my little, wooden stool under the table and pretend it was an artist’s table. I’d spread out my paper and crayons and color pictures of my family and flowers. Then, I’d tape up my mini-masterpieces to the underside of the tablecloth to decorate my secret room. Minus the dragons, I was a little like Jamie. Maybe that’s why I love today’s book so much.
Title – Down Here – view on Amazon HERE.
Written by – Valerie Sherrard
Illustrated by – Isabelle Malenfant
Published by – Fitzhenry & Whiteside – 2015
Suitable for ages – 3-7
Topics/Theme – Imaginative play, looking at things differently
Opening – Everyone is good at something.
My sister Lynn is good at drawing cats. Our fridge is covered with her pictures!
My brother Marcus is good at telling scary stories. Mom claps and says he will be a great author some day.
I am good at building. I can build ANYTHING! There is only one problem.
Why do I like this book? I had forgotten, until my daughter was about two or three, that everything around me can be seen from more perspectives than simply straight on or from top-down. My little girl walked and crawled close to the ground, she could see the undersides of furniture, the undersides of the dog’s belly, and the underside of a skirt on a mannequin at Macy’s… But that’s another story. Today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday selection, Down Here, reminds us not to be quick to judge until we have looked at something from all sides. I call that a great reason to
like love this book.
Learn more about Valerie Sherrard HERE.
Learn more about Isabelle Malenfant HERE.
Are you interested in ideas to encourage imaginative play? You’ll find ten HERE.
Until next Friday!