November is an exciting month in the world of children’s literature because it is Picture Book Month! Let’s read, blog about, and get excited about picture books! Be sure to visit the link for daily essays and information about children’s picture book authors and illustrators, as well as lesson ideas and activities.
What better way to start out than sharing a fascinating new picture book, King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan and illustrated by Christiane Krömer?
Set in Lahore, Pakistan during the kite festival of Basant, Malik has made only one kite to use in the kite battles. It is a special kite named Falcon. Will one kite be enough to help him defeat the bully next door? Will it be enough to allow him to become the king of Basant?
Illustrated with mixed-media collages, the reader can almost feel the breeze that lifts the kites off the pages. The lively, fast-paced text keeps up the excitement and suspense.
Canadian author Rukhsana Khan was born in Lahore, Pakistan and is a perfect tour guide to introduce children to the region.
Looking for a book to accompany a geography lesson, introduce a culture, tackle the theme of bullying or teach an important lesson about overcoming obstacles? King for a Day is all that and much more. It is a terrific example of why we celebrate Picture Book Month!
Preview available at Lee & Low
Reading level: Grade 3
School & Library Binding: 32 pages
Publisher: Lee & Low Books (October 2013)
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