This is a comprehensive study of Phoebe Gilman, beloved author and illustrator of childrens' books. The Common Core Standards are clearly stated at the beginning of the unit. The activities that are described for each book cover the whole curriculum. Each story has an explanation of the author's inspiration for it, and things to look out for as you share the book. Phoebe Gilman is famous for her hidden surprises in each of her creations.Books included in this study: The Balloon Tree: Jillian Jiggs: Little Blue Ben: The Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs: Grandma and the Pirates: Once Upon a Golden Apple: Something From Nothing.