Icy Roads – Thankfully We Had Books, Friends, Food and Heat

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It wasn’t Boston here; but there was sleet and snow this week.  On Tuesday, five children meandered from house to house sledding, eating, drinking hot chocolate, holding gerbils, and to my dismay forgetting to close to the door.  I’m hoping they will remember the fun times; not me yelling “Close the door!”

Cat & Bunny by Mary Lundquist – Sometimes there is drama when second grade girls get together.  It’s more likely to happen when there is an odd number.  Wednesday morning ML had two friends over.  For about thirty minutes one of the girls was upset at ML and the other friend.  We read this book the night before.  Sadly, my brain was fried.  I didn’t think to read it to ML’s friend.  It’s the perfect book to discuss feeling left out.

Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre – As the sleet fell, we read this book filled with exquisite photographs.  The girls couldn’t choose a favorite page.  Mine was the spider web.  ML and I decided the next time it rains, we’ll take pictures of rain in the natural world.

A Letter For Leo by Sergio Ruzzier – Our mailman wears shorts in spring, summer, fall and winter.  Even on days when there are inches of sleet on the ground.  In this book, Leo is mailman.  (He only wears a hat and carries a satchel) You can get away with that when you’re a weasel.  I’m not going to summarize the story.  It would take away the charm of discovering it yourself.  Promise me you will pay close attention to the illustration of the snowy day.

Papa Chagall Tell Us a Story by Laurence Anholt – ML saw the cover and exclaimed, “That painting’s in the art room at school.”  Anholt has created an entire series on a variety of painters.  ML wants to read Picasso and the Girl With a Ponytail next.

Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony –  Panda carries around a box of donuts asking everyone he meets, “Would you like a doughnut?”  However, he only gives one to lemur.  ML knows why lemur receives the doughnuts.  Can you figure it out before you read the book? Here’s a hint.  ML said, “The ostrich shouldn’t have said, ‘No, go away.’ He should have said, ‘No Thanks, I’m good”

Princess Patty Meets Her Match by Charise Mericle Harper – I’m not going to tell you the story line of this book.  It’s my favorite princess book ML and I’ve read together.  With eight years of reading together, I’d say twenty-five of the books involved princesses.  This doesn’t count the Disney princess books, which I always paraphrased.

George in the Dark by Madeline Valentine –  I was afraid of the dark.  ML rarely is.  If it was a nightly occurrence, this is the book I would choose to read to help discuss her fear.  The book begins with a positive slant; highlighting how brave George is about many things.  Then, shows his fear of the dark.  After he saves his bear from the darkest place, you get a clearer view of the items making the creepy shadows.

Snoozefest by Samanta Berger and illustrated by Kristyna Litten – After this week, I would love to have a Snoozefest.  There are a variety of places to snooze in the digital illustrations.  ML and I chose the hammocks.

 

 

Forget Chocolate. . . Give a Book

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Today I purchased a book to give ML for Valentine’s Day.  Last year, I gave her chocolate.  Guess who ate most of it?  At the bookstore recently, ML saw a new Geronimo Stilton book.  She asked, “Will you buy it for my birthday?”  Her birthday isn’t until October.  I wish I had a red valentine chocolate box to put it in.  That would make ML laugh.

Below are some new picture books about love.  Perfect for the huggable child in your life.

Superlove by Charise Mericle Harper and illustrated by Mark Chambers – Most girls dream of being a flower girl.  ML did.  The young girl in this book has a plan; but Pinky her cat has other plans.  Who will come to the rescue?  A delightful story highlighting imagination and loving families.

Who Wants a Hug? by Jeff Mack – Bear loves to give hugs and is always asking skunk if he wants a hug.  Skunk refuses time and again.  Bear perseveres.  Will skunk finally give in?  Adorable, animated illustrations fill this book.

Hug Machine by Scott Campbell – No thing is too small or big to receive a hug from Hug Machine.  A perfect read with my favorite hugger in the world. . . ML

Stormy Night by Salina Yoon – As a child, I was petifried whenever there was a thunderstorm.  This sweet, loving book is a perfect read for children like me.

How to Grow a Friend by Sara Gillingham – Other than one’s family, the greatest love in childrens’ lives is friends.  Read it.  Then, read it again to see if you can find the cute little bird that graces each page spread.

I Love Dogs by Sue Stainton and illustrated by Bob Staake – What kind of dogs do you love?  Lazy or Crazy? Spotty or Dotty? Prowling or Howling?  Use this book to help children love adjectives.

Now for the unveiling of the Geronimo Stilton book ML is receiving February 14th.

Geronimo Stilton

 

Happy Birthday to Me – Great Books About Cakes and Cupcakes

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Today’s my birthday; but my party was last night.   I requested a low key pizza party with a rollicking game of Apples to Apples Junior. A friend assisted ML and her friend in pulling it off.  Plus some unexpected roses and a huge cupcake.

Today my preschool story time friends serenaded me with a jolly rendition of “Happy Birthday” after I read them books about cake and cupcakes.

Little Elliot Big City by Mike Curato – I love this book!  As in, if you want to buy it for my birthday, I won’t regift it.  Released in August, it’s the sweetest book I’ve read all year.

Cake Girl by David Lucas –  With a birthday so close to Halloween, this book really appeals to me.  A witch “bakes” a cake girl and plans to eat her.  With love and kindness, Cake Girl saves herself while helping the witch learn how to be a friend.

Cupcake by Charise Mericle Harper – It’s hard being a plain old vanilla cupcake with plain old icing.  Until, you meet a plain old green candle who also has flashy siblings… number candle, stripy candle, super-long candle.  Suddenly, plain old green candle realizes a topping is all cupcake needs to go from ordinary to spectacular.  Will he be able to find the perfect topping?  Spaghetti, stinky cheese, a squirrel.  It’s not looking promising.  Or is it?

A Birthday for Cow! by Jan Thomas – Pig and Mouse are making a birthday cake for Cow.  Duck is determined cow needs a turnip.  Guess what cow thinks?