Tell Me A Tattoo Story – Perfect Picture Book Friday

25861929Title: Tell Me a Tattoo Story

Written by: Alison McGhee

Illustrated by: Eliza Wheeler

Published by: Chronicle Books, 2016

Themes/Topics: tattoos, fathers and sons, personal history

Suitable for ages: 5-7

Opening:

You wanna see my tattoos?

Synopsis:

This is a modern father-son love story. The father tells his little son the story behind each of his tattoos, and together they go on a beautiful journey through family history. There’s a tattoo from a favorite book his mother used to read him, one from something his father used to tell him, and one from the longest trip he ever took. And there is a little heart with numbers inside—which might be the best tattoo of them all.

Why I like This Book:

In pastel greens, yellows, orange and purple, Eliza Wheeler charmingly brings alive this tattoo history between father and son. The language is simple as is the story arc, but I found this a delightful and unusual focus for a picture book, which I believe will work equally with little readers used to adult tattoos and those for whom it is more of a new art form.

Activities/Resources:

I’d do an art lesson where in pairs, students create wash off tattoos on each others arms of an important moment in that child’s life.

Or, here is a website on how to make your own temporary stick-on tattoos with your children.

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6 Responses to Tell Me A Tattoo Story – Perfect Picture Book Friday

  1. What a very clever idea children’s book. So many kids have both parents with tattoos and it is very relevant. But I like the bonding in this story!

  2. Erik - TKRB says:

    This sounds like a unique story! 😀

  3. I thought that this was a sweet story too, Joanna!! I nominated it for a Cybil 🙂

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