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Monday, September 26, 2011

Soccer Season Madness

Fitted with new cleats, shin guards, yellow ribbons, and a shiny new ball the Little Reader set out for her first soccer game.  Like a swarm of bees they chased the ball, kicked it into the wrong goal, and intermittently paused to chat about their accessories.  It was quite possibly the most precious thing I’ve ever watched… Oh the wonderful adventures of a soccer mom.
And like always, every event becomes a readable moment.

Sergio Saves the Game
By Rodriguez, Edel

Sergio the penguin is a super star soccer player, but only in his dreams. This persistent penguin thinks maybe a little more practice will help, and in the end it’s up to him to save the championship game.  Not sure why, but this read did not keep the attention.

By Shahan, Sherry; Mai-Wyss, Tatjana

An upbeat Mikey is super-competitive and captain of the Hot Diggedy Diner soccer team.  His teammates though, are easily distracted by anthill investigations and turning themselves into whirlybirds. A great contrast of the fast paced action to the easy-going action of soccer, showing there are many ways for kids to play and enjoy the game.
“We had dragonflies at our game and we did win right Mamma!” – Little Reader 
Other Soccer Books We Are Reading

Winners Never Quit!
By Hamm, Mia; Thomson, Carol

Froggy Plays Soccer

By London, Jonathon; Remkiewie
Soccer Mom From Outer Space
By Saltzberg, Barney
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Kindergarten Rocks

Every chance to give, I give books. Just the other day someone asked my little reader, "Why do you always bring books to school?" To which she replied, "Books are fun!"

So today I’m ordering Kindergarten Rocks, by Katie Davis to give to the class.  

- Yes, the little reader is still working on when it’s appropriate to talk in class. The Interrupting Chicken, by David Ezra Stein is a perfectly humorous story that teaches little ones manners, and the concept that it’s rude to interrupt. 

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I Love Books

An enthusiastic Mr. Sharp starts his students off with an inspirational talk called, I LOVE READING! Apparently he does this every year and his last year's students asked him to film it this time. I dare you not to smile and go pick up a book!

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Ahoy Matey!

It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day! Unleash your inner pirate and if you be feelin’ up to it, celebrate buccaneer style! 

Ye little reader and me be making some pirate snacks and readin’ some great library books.  Shiver me timbers!

Peanut Butter Cannonballs
½ cup Powdered Sugar
1 cup Peanut Butter
1 cup Rice Crispy cereal
¼ cup Coconut

Mix peanut butter with powdered sugar and cereal, roll into balls with your palms and then roll the balls in the coconut. Eat 1 or 2 of them to test.  Place the rest in the refrigerator for 45 minutes or longer

Walk the Plank Celery
Celery sticks
Peanut butter

Wash celery and cut up into 4 inch lengths, spread peanut butter on celery and add several raisins on each one.

Pirate Reads

Pirate Pete
By Kennedy, Kim

Do Pirates Take Baths?
By, Tucker, Kathy & Wescott Nadine Bernard

Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC
By Sobel, June

To celebrate the day that comes but once a yarr, celebrate with Arrrrrby’s, Johnny Depp, and some grog!  - CR
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Friday, September 16, 2011

If you are what you read, then…

Shouldn’t we seek great stories that model values for our children?  And what a better story than the award winning Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister Herbert with its mesmerizing sparkly art.  

In this tale, a young shiny fish must give up what makes him unique and become like everyone else, so that others will like him.  Hmm... sounds a bit like re-redistribution of wealth doesn’t it?   Re-read it and replace the words rainbow and scale to dollars.  Scary right? 

One of last nights reads was The Sissy Duckling, by Harvey Fierstein. We stopped on page two, as it quickly began promoting the author’s gay rights.
“Why is that boy duck wearing pink and like a girl!”  - Little Critic
Really! Why must the children’s book market encompass such mantra? 
Note to self: read books to yourself before you read them to children.

I will now take little one to the aquarium and out for a sea food feast.
Today’s Special:  Blackened Rainbow Fish
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Monday, September 12, 2011

The ABC’s of PB & J’s

Peanut Butter & Homework Sandwiches
By Cook, Lisa Broadie

PB & J is almost as synonymous with school lunches as the ABCs.  So why not put the two together in a book?  That’s exactly what Lisa Cook did in Peanut Butter and Homework Sandwiches.  A hilarious book full of homework excuses and peanut butter and jelly.

- I’m motivated to revisit one of my manuscripts, one where Baby Hippo is making this most delicious snack.

By Fitzpatrick, Marie-Louise

How often do we tell our children, “Were almost there” or “We’ll be there soon” and actually think about what “there” means to them? Here this abstract thought is beautifully illustrated. There, a little girl questions her future while walking over rolling hills, climbing a ladder to the stars, and meeting a dragon. Little text, big meaning.
“She is going to peanut butter and jelly mountain” - Little Critic

The Very Greedy Bee
By Smallman, Steve

I’m quick to size up a PC (politically correct) Rainbow Fish book, and this read is not one.  (Honey bees do live and work together in a complex hive system.)
“Mine!” is the very greedy bee who takes for himself, until he finds himself too full to fly home. Having to rely on the kindness of others, brings a change of heart. Bold cartoon artwork leaps off the page, and the bubbly insects and animals guarantees multiple reads.  

- We stopped our reading here to feed our craving for peanut butter sandwiches. Peanut butter, bananas, and honey for mom, peanut butter, jelly, and gummy worms for the little reader.  YUM!
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

When life hands you lemons…

Blog about it! A fried computer, a  leaky washer, and a hot air conditioner have kept me away. Now all replaced, and order has been restored.  So where am I now? At home on the new HP, washing with the  new Kenmore, and chilling in the now cold AC. Oh, you mean with the library romp? Excavating missed titles and starting the F authors. I also pulled a new youth read, The Lemonade Crime, by Jacqueline Davies for my middle reader… A fun fast read for kids and adults. See how the book developed.

 Home Library Additions

By Di Terlizzi, Tony

A wildly creative bonding story of a little boy, his imaginary friend, and a busy dad. The play with words in the story adds giggles.(raspberry-cereal and Monopoly-Twister)
Last night’s dinner - “Momma, can we put Strawberry Quick on the dog?” Um, no, why? “I want a strawberry doggie like Ted!”  

My Mom is Trying to Ruin My Life
By Feiffer, Kate

The title says it all.  There was a time when we all thought our mothers were trying to ruin our life.  Only through self-discovery, do we realize the importance of these lessons.  My little reader still likes kisses in public, eating healthy, and mom showing up at school… the teenagers not the case. The pink and green color scheme added a nice backdrop to the story.

My Name is Not Isabella
By Fosberry, Jennifer

Isabella, a little girl has big dreams of being somebody great. She spends the day pretending to be some of the greatest female heroines in history.  Full of personality and a great way for young girls to learn history and find inspiration.  "Isabella is happy, but I’ll always want to be a pink princess!" - Little Critic
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