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.

 

 

We’re Not Halloween Books

None of these books are about Halloween.
But they are perfect stories to read in October.

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Crankenstein by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Dan Santat – All Crankenstein knows how to say is “Mehhrrrr!”  It’s my new sound for no.  When ML asks, “Can I have some candy for breakfast?” I say, “Mehhrrr!”   When she asks to watch television before she finishes her homework, I say “MEHHRRR!”  But when she tries to wake me up early on a Saturday morning, I say “MEHHRRR!  GO WATCH TV.”

Cake Girl by David Lucas –  Witch is alone on her birthday so she bakes a cake girl.  Then, demands it sing, dance and clean her house.  Witch tells Cake Girl she will eat her after she finishes all the chores.  Cake Girl sets a plan in motion to save herself.  She teaches Witch how to be nice, resulting in a magical friendship with Cake Girl.  Or is it Cake Princess? Or Cake Cat?  It’s hard to know.

Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds – Jasper Rabbit loves to eat carrots, but he keeps seeing creepy carrots coming after him.  No one else in his family sees them.  Is he paranoid or is something else going on?

Dear Vampa by Ross Collins – The Pire family has new neighbors, the Wolfsons.  They stay up all day, sleep at night, love sunshine and have an unpleasant pet.  It gets so bad the Pire family moves to Transylvania.  There’s a great twist at the end.  The Wolfsons have a secret.  They’re not what they appear.

Enjoy these books in October and all year long.