Ollie's Bargain Outlet. It has the biggest children's selection of books in the entire town. Sometimes it can be hit or miss, but I hit jackpot that weekend. And Here's To You! by David Elliot
I love this book because it celebrates the uniqueness of all creatures in a catchy verse form. As I read it aloud tonight, I found myself speaking in an announcer's voice: "Here's to the frogs! The Singing People! Frogs! Oh, I loooooove the frogs!" After every creature's uniqueness, the voice would repeat that same phrase. David Elliot and Randy Cecil did an nice job of combining verse with brilliant illustrations. I didn't think Austin was listening until before baths he said, "And Here's To Austin" in the same voice I read!
As I'm thinking about building my community next year, and tapping into their uniqueness, I can imagine my class creating their own "And Here's To You!" poem about themselves. Each one writing a page, perhaps using keynote to create a class digital book. Oh, I looooove picture books!