Do You Know What a StrollerThon Is?

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If you’re in the Raleigh/Durham area on Saturday, September 13th, it’s an event you should attend. Postpartum Education and Support is a local non-profit dedicated to the emotional wellness of mothers. We offer support for mothers and their families, provide resources for health care providers, and raise public awareness of perinatal mood disorders. StrollerThon is the major annual fundraising event.

This year’s walk is at 10 a.m., Sept. 13, at Fred G. Bond Metro Park in Cary. After the walk, there will be children’s games, face painting, a tot trot for little ones, and The Buzztown Band. Raffle prizes include a Bumbleride Stroller. (One need not be present to enter raffle.) However, you should attend. Form a team like ML and her friend Sarah. Prizes for Best Team Name, Team Spirit and Best-Decorated Stroller. No stroller? No problem! Strollers aren’t required to attend this event.

In celebration of the challenges of life with baby a few of my favorite baby related picture books.

No Nap!

No Nap! Yes Nap! by Margie Palatini and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino – This book arrived just in time for this post. “Follow Mommy on her quest to settle Baby down for a nap as Baby dashes from family room to living room, both on the table and under it, through the kitchen and even hiding in the laundry basket.”

Pirates Don't Change Diapers

Pirates Don’t Change Diapers by Melinda Long and illustrated by David Shannon – “Braid Beard and his pirate crew return to retrieve the treasure they buried in Jeremy Jacob’s backyard, but first they may help calm his baby sister, Bonney Anne, whom they awoke from her nap.”

Whoa Baby

Whoa, Baby, Whoa! by Grace Nichols and illustrated by Eleanor Taylor – “A baby finally finds something to do that does not make everyone in the family tell him, No.”

Baby Brains

Baby Brains:  The Smartest Baby In the Whole Wide World by Simon James -“Even though the baby of Mr. and Mrs Brains is very intelligent, they realize that he is still just a baby.”

Julius

Julius, The Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes – No post about babies is complete without a book about sibling rivalry.  “Lilly is convinced that the arrival of her new baby brother is the worst thing that has happened in their house, until Cousin Garland comes to visit.”

 

 

Nursery Rhymes

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Tonight while reading Detective Blue by Steve Metzger and illustrated by Tedd Arnold,  I realized I failed ML.  She didn’t get parts of the story because she didn’t know all the nursery rhymes references. I feared I missed my chance.  Once children reach a certain age, nursery rhymes are seen as babyish.  Luckily, children’s authors and illustrators are keeping them alive in children’s minds by expanding on rhymes or changing the rhymes’ words.

Cindy Moo by Lori Mortensen and illustrated by Jeff Mack – Cindy Moo overhears the farmer’s daughter reading the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle.  She decides if the cow in the story can jump over the moon, she can too.  She tries and fails.  Then, tries and fails again.  But Cindy Moo doesn’t give up hope.  Even when the moon disappears completely.  After a very rainy evening, she is able to jump over the moon.  We love the various facial expressions on the cows throughout the book.

The Adventures of the The Dish and the Spoon by Mini Grey -Another book playing on the “Hey Diddle, Diddle” rhyme.  This book is a love story highlighting the fun and not so fun times the dish and spoon experience after running away.  The illustrations suggest they fell off the white cliffs of Dover and floated all the way to the Statue of Liberty.  After robbing a bank, dish is broken and immediately deported.  Spoon serves jail time and is deported upon release.  They reconnect in a Junk Shop.  I’ve featured Mini Grey before.  ML loves her books  and I do too.  The hidden comedy for adults in her illustrations delights.

Monster Goose by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Jack E. Davis – ML calls these “Scary Nursery Rhymes.”  With titles like “Mary Had a Vampire Bat” and Little Miss Mummy” popular nursery rhymes words are changed.  The new rhymes follow the same rhythm of the original.  ML and the boy down the street like to pretend they are zombies.  So ML’s favorite rhyme was “There Was an Old Zombie.”  I like “Slithery, Dithery, Dock.”  The illustrations are not too scary, but scary-funny.  No nightmares after reading this book.

The Web Files by Margie Palatini and illustrated by Richard Egielski–  Thankfully, I didn’t fail ML completely.  She got all the nursery rhyme references in this book and loved the play on words like “The sheep said this is b-a-a-a-d!  Really b-a-a-a-d!” and “quack the case.”  You can’t help but laugh at all the nursery rhyme characters featured in the illustrations.  Our favorite part of the book… repeating Dum De Dum Dum.

As a child, I remember pouring over Mother Goose:  A Treasury of Best-Loved Rhymes edited by Watty Piper and illustrated by Tim and Greg Hildebrandt.  Last night I found it on my bookshelf and shared a few rhymes with ML.  Thankfully, she’s not opposed to an overdue education on nursery rhymes.  She thinks it’s cool to read a book I read as a child, published the year of my birth.

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Are Stinky Smelly Feet Hereditary?

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When I picked ML from camp Monday, she took her shoes off in the car. The smell was atrocious. There’s no other way to say it. ML has stinky feet. Apparently, it’s hereditary. I got them from my dad. . . ML got them from me.

We love Stinky Smelly Feet: A Love Story by Margie Palatini. Two ducks, Dolores and Douglas are in love, but Douglas has stinky, smelly feet. Dolores passes out every time Douglas removes his shoes. What’s a duck to do?

Thankfully, ML’s and my feet haven’t ever caused someone to pass out. As for my dad’s feet. . . no comment.