Tuesday, May 31, 2011

What My Child Is Reading

May 21 - May 27, 2011

We read several already familiar books last week. If I'm fairly positive I've already given a review, I'm just listing the title:

  • One Special DayOne Special Day by M. Christina Butler
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak - I don't know how we'd made it this far without ever reading this book, but it's probably for the best. I think I remember hearing it for the first time around 1st grade.
  • Doctor Meow's Big Emergency (Whoops-a-Daisy World)Dr. Meow's Big Emergency by Sam Lloyd - This book is a popular request, and shows up often in playtime pretend. Monkey Georgia has it memorized and tells the story to herself without the book even present!
  • The One and Only (Toot & Puddle)Toot & Puddle: The One and Only by Holly Hobbie - Toot and Puddle is one of my absolute favorite series. I'm so glad I collected these when I worked in a bookstore, years before I had Monkey Georgia.
  • Abigail's Bedtime with DollAbigail's Bedtime by Annabelle James - I love this book. We read it ALL the time, and have certain parts memorized. We've even changed the bit about "3 1/2 is a difficult age" to 4 because Monkey Georgia is 4 and she insists. We read it at least 3 times this week.
  • All in a DayAll In a Day by Cynthia Rylant - This is beautiful and philosophical and sweet and sad all at the same time. We liked seeing how the day changed for different people, and how the rain changed people's plans. And I loved seeing the chicken and the boy enjoying their day together. And of course the Nikki McClure art.
  • Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy TalesYummy by Lucy Cousins - I had to return this book to the library and it made us a little sad. Monkey Georgia loved these stories, but we can get the stories anywhere. We have most of them already in other books. Lucy Cousins' illustrations just draw the reader in. Monkey Georgia often told herself the stories herself from the illustrations.
  • Great Pal Kitten (Giant Pals)Kitten: Great Pals - I got this book in a bag of hand-me-downs from a friend of my sister-in-law. I don't know anything about it, and did not think I would even be able to find an image on Amazon. The book is huge, and somewhat interactive and Monkey Georgia has loved it since she was very small.
  • A Balloon for IsabelA Balloon For Isabel by Deborah Underwood

Our Library Finds last week:
  • Why Did the Chickens Cross the Road by various - Various writers and illustrators joined together to produce this jokey picture book. Jokes are starting to get popular at our house now, and I thought she would enjoy this one.
  • Little Lit: Folklore & Fairy Tale FunniesLittle Lit by Art Spiegelman - This was recommended in the comic book section of How to Get Your Child to Love Reading. It is essentially comic book renditions of fairy tales.
  • God and His Creations by Marcia Williams - another comic book rendition - this time of Old Testament stories
  • Joseph and his Magnificent Coat of Many Colors by Marcia Williams - Another comic book rendition recommended by How to Get Your Child to Love Reading.
  • Marshmallow KissesMarshmallow Kisses by Linda Crotta Brennan - I loved Flannel Kisses so much that I picked up the summer version.
  • That Kookoory by Margaret Walden Froehlich - I don't remember if this was recommended or we saw it in the library or what, but there's a rooster on the cover. 'nuff said.
  • Press HerePress Here by Henre Tullet - this and the next book were recommended by What Do We Do All Day?
  • Blue ChameleonBlue Chameleon by Emily Gravett

Books we've purchased recently:
  • Lucy Cousins' Book of Nursery RhymesLucy Cousins' Book of Nursery Rhymes - This has been long out of print. It was recommended in some "books for babies" book, but I don't remember which. I started looking for it when Monkey Georgia was an infant. I found it at our local library and checked it out constantly. She really responded to the illustrations. I finally found a reasonably priced copy on eBay and went for it. We are thrilled to have our own copy now!
  • Fairy Houses ... Everywhere! (The Fairy Houses Series)Fairy Houses. . .Everywhere! by Barry & Tracy Kane - I am fascinated with fairy houses, and I was thrilled to get my hands on this book. It has lots of photos and very little text. The photos will be a great inspiration for our own fairy houses.

I am linking to What My Child Is Reading, hosted by Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Today. . .Memorial Day Edition

Outside my window... sunny and hot. It got to about 94 degrees today in the bluegrass.

I am thinking...about the ice cream truck. The song is stuck in my head since I could hear it for miles (and what seemed like hours) today. Monkey Georgia got her ice cream sandwich, and that is what's important.

I am thankful for...our men and women who serve our country and their families.

I am wearing...gardening clothes. I have a special tank top that is sage green and has a word collage of gardening terms.

I am remembering... that my family used to gather at the lake on Memorial Day weekend. It was only for a few years, but I still remember it as a tradition.

I am going...to finish my novel soon. I am at nearly 37,000 words. If I really was keeping up with the NaNoWriMo deadline I set for myself nearly a year and a half ago, I would be finishing in 7 days.

I am reading...Turtle Moon by Alice Hoffman and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

I am hoping... I can finish my quilt in the next few days. I only have to finish sewing the binding on, but I have to pull out the sewing machine.

From the kitchen...semi-vegetarian chili with avocado salsa (I used chicken stock instead of veggie broth) and brown sugar-rum pound cake.

Around the house...transitioning from winter clothes to summer clothes. (I know it's late, but it was 60 degrees on Friday. You just never know around here._

One of my favorite things ~ Mexican Coke - in the bottle with real sugar

A few plans for the rest of the week:  my nephew's 5th grade graduation, maybe a yard sale, and lots of getting ready for the rest of the summer.