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Friday, February 10, 2012

Back Where I Belong

Okay so it’s been a while.  I thought I had found the ultimate teaching job, but it wasn’t, at all.  Even though it was just part-time, there still weren’t enough hours in a day.  So I’m back home doing what I do best, the “Mom” thing.  Not sure how working mom’s do it?  It can be done, but then everything is less tended. And I can’t do this, I’ve got romping and writing to do.
So without further ado, where are we?  All over the place! With many outdated titles, we are skipping around the sections to keep it exciting.  And, there’s nothing better than finding jewels tucked away.   I must warn you, some of these may cause leaky eyes.  


Let Me Hold You Longer
By Kingsbury, Karen




This tear- jerker will take you back down memory lane with your kids, showing them how each phase of their lives are special moments.  We celebrate their firsts, from walking, loosing the first tooth, to their first date, but the lasts are just around the corner.  I bought this wonderful book and will give it to my son when he leaves for college.  Hold on as long as they let you.
“Mama this isn’t supposed to be a sad book.”  Little Reader
When will her calling me Mama and snuggling up to read be her last?  - Mom

Note to the Author:  Karen you are truly a gifted writer.  Congrats on your success.  Writing from the heart is what you do best, and that’s a definition of a good writer.  Can’t wait to see what you do next!  - CR





The Robot and the Bluebird
By Lucas, David




A modernized Giving Tree story, about love and sacrifice.  Robot doesn’t feel he has a heart and offers shelter to a bluebird.  But when bluebird has to leave, robot offers to take him to a warm place, where he ends up running out of strength and becoming a home to many other birds as well.  Not sure if robot dies in the end, but little reader had fun making up names for all the birds.  Think I will re-read when she gets a little older.

A Carousel Tale
By Kleven, Elisa




You’ll adore this beautiful watercolor story of a blue alligator and a carousel in the park. Ernest loves riding the carousel, especially on his favorite wooden dog.  And when it closes, he is allowed to take care of the dog’s broken tail for the winter. You’ll be amazed by the tails transformation into a colorful bird, and by what happens at then end of the story.  “I want to make a carousel?” -  Little Reader
“And chances are if she wants to make a carousel, she’ll want some cotton candy to go with it. “

Our Nest
By McElmurry, Jill




We all need a place to rest and unwind, and this book reminds us that we are all part of a greater scheme.  A comforting rhyming bedtime story depicting how each family completes their nighttime routine.  A definite add to our home library.

Beyond the Book

Nest Building
(With blankets and an umbrella)



Making Edible Nests
(Combine 1 jar marshmallow cream, 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter, and 2 tablespoons melted butter until smooth. Fold in 1 can of chow mein noodles. Chill. Scoop out mixture by 1/3 cupfuls to form "nests" on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Chill for 30-45 minutes. Place candy in each nest)

Mm-mm, Good!





And last but not least…

If You Give a Dog a Doughnut
By Numeroff, Laura




I just love the adorable illustrations and humorous text in her books.  But mostly, because I can relate, going off on a tangent runs in our family.   We barley finish a story before coming up with how we are going to extend it beyond the pages.  This makes for more fun and great memories!   (And also, these may be her last.)  See what transpired after this read!

The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook: Homemade Goodies for Man's Best Friend
By Palika, Liz