My 400th Post – Wait by Antoinette Portis


I’ve read 315 picture books this year; but blogged about very few.  That doesn’t count the 42 new picture books the library received this week.

One of my favorites is Wait by Antoinette Portis.  It reminds me of when ML was little.  We had to stop and look at every rock, bug, stick, cat, dog, and shiny thing we passed.   A four block walk to the park often took fifteen minutes.  One of the joys of being around young children is seeing the world through their eyes.  No matter how hurried we are, they always seem to find something to remind us why it’s important to slow down and wait.

I promise I won’t keep you waiting any longer.  I’m back to blogging about picture books.  And Julia will keep us up to date on middle grade novels.



Froodle by Antoinette Portis


When ML was a preschooler, she loved to make up words.  She still does.  When Froodle by Antoinette Portis showed up at the library, I knew ML would love it.  It was perfect timing.   Last week in the post Dear Ms. Shaw, Sorry ML was late I wrote about ML’s fascination with birds.  Currently, there are three teeny tiny sparrow eggs in our birdhouse.

The book highlights all the places we see birds at our house… resting on the power lines, hiding in the bushes, singing from the trees, perched on the neighbor’s for rent sign and peeking over our side door awning.

The combination of silly words and perceived personalities of various types of birds amuses.  It’s hard to pick a favorite silly word from the book when it includes words like snoobly, zickle, itsy boggen, zinker triggy, pleemish and many more.

We’re looking forward to hearing our little brown sparrows when they hatch.  What do you think they will say?

The Importance of Boxes for Children


ML loves to play with boxes. When she was four, she created an amazing gift for her father. It was a box with all sorts of items glued to it; pom poms, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, aluminum foil. She worked on this gift for weeks. It was her first sculpture.

Boxes encourage imaginative play. We love two picture books about boxes. Not a Box by Antoinette Portis has simple text and illustrations so you can focus on all the things a box can be. Chloe by Peter McCarty shows why the box the television came in is more fun than the show on television. Let’s just say, bubble wrap is a part of the story.

The Finnish government does something very cool with boxes. In an attempt to reduce the baby mortality rate, they began providing boxes for expectant mothers 75 years ago. These boxes contain clothes, baby bath items, a mattress and bedding. The mattress and bedding fit snugly in the box. It becomes a a small, intimate crib that can be moved throughout the home. They even include a picture book in each box. As the child grows, I am sure the box becomes an airplane, a boat, a house, a spaceship, a robot; whatever the child’s imagination creates.

Read more about this unique way they embrace new mothers and babies in their country. Why Finnish Babies Sleep in Cardboard Boxes by the BBC.