A few weeks ago, during our weekly trip to the library, I stumbled upon a beautiful picture book called Show Day by Penny Matthews and illustrated by Andrew McLean, and it made it's way into our library bag. We have been reading it all week leading up to our own visit to the Canberra Show yesterday. I love matching beautiful books to our real life adventures and reading Show Day had us eagerly anticipating the our own show experience.
As soon as I wake up, I remember that today is special
It's Show Day!
We're going to the show!
There's nothing like the excitement of going to a country show. A family has been busy for weeks getting their exhibits ready to enter, including young Lil, who plans to enter her cow, Goldie. She believes Goldie is the most beautiful cow in the world.
Show Day finally arrives and the family set off bright and early. The story follows the family around the show as they discover what prizes they may have won for their exhibits, including first prize for the birthday cake and second prize for dad's orange marmalade! Then it's Goldie's turn to be judged and Lil is about to take her to the judging ring when she is spooked by a barking dog and things don't go quite as planned.
This is a beautiful story that perfectly depicts the excitement of the local show and the fun of taking part, even if you don't always win. McLean's watercolour illustrations are captivating and beautifully bring the events of the show to life.
I adored this picture book because it reminds me of my childhood, when I took part in our local show with my family. The hard work and many hours spent getting our own exhibits ready for entry, and the thrill and excitement of checking those exhibits after judging to see if we had won anything. Sometimes I was successful, other times I wasn't. The local show also provided a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends. So every year when I wander around the Canberra Show it brings back all those wonderful childhood memories.
Author: Penny Matthews
Illustrator: Andrew McLaren
Publisher: Omnibus Books
Publication Date: 2012
I was having so much fun with the kids at the show yesterday that I really didn't take many photos. Sometimes you just have to enjoy the experience rather than be stuck behind a camera trying to get a 'blog worthy' photo. I did manage to take this photo of a fabulous ram
...and this alpaca
What's your favourite part of visiting the show? The animals, the rides, the cooking and craft exhibits or perhaps the show bags?