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Monday, April 2, 2012

Bone Appetit! Let’s Read

Lot’s of delicious reads this week.  From beautiful Thoreau inspired landscapes to the markets of Paris.  I’ll get there momentarily, but here’s a quick garden update. Things are in the ground now, including strawberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and wild flowers.   I must mention our dearly beloved frog One Guy, is also now in the dirt :'-(  And his brother Dominos is  plum pleased there’s more fly nibblets for him, can you say denial. Oh, we've also got a garden visitor helping him or herself to leafy bundles.  Not sure who, but launching a full investigation and will bring the culprit to justice. Dominos is a suspect at this time, but Little Reader's convinced it's Rabbit!

In The Garden Pics


And to answer, do I give away the plot away in what I review?  Um yes, I summarize a book in short, hoping this inspires you to read with your children.  And yes, this blog has changed me, giving me direction in exploring new facets.  I learn more about myself each day.  Through gardening, cooking, decorating, crafting etc…  And guess where this came from my friends.  That's right, BOOKS!  (Not sure if facet is the right word, but couldn't find a better one.)  I'm no chef, but have you ever watched Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn?  http://blog.madhungry.com/

Remember how much I love the color blue? I’m in the process of making some bluelicious changes to this blog, where all this randomness will come together, but still about a month out. 

“Blue flower, red thorns, blue flower, red thorns, blue flower red thorns!  Oh, this would be so much easier if I wasn’t colorblind!- Donkey

Romps

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg
By Johnston, D. B.



A beautiful picture book inspired by the life of Henry David Thoreau.  Henry the bear and his friend go to Fitchburg, but take two different paths to get there.  Henry walks and his friend goes to work and earns money for the train.  Enjoyed the paralleled paths and listening to Little Reader’s predictions of who would reach Fitchburg first.   She got it right, but I won’t give it away! 
I kept waiting for a blatant agenda, but took it to mean that we should slow down and taste the “blackberries” and if we want to get somewhere fast, we gotta work for it.

Take it beyond the book!  Check out the links, activities, blackberry recipies, listen to the train passing Walden Pond, and take a train ride to Fitchburg. 

DB Johnson - Love your whimsical nature and look forward to Magritte’s Marvelous Hat this April.  



Come Fly With Me
By Ichikawa, Satomi





Woggy the stuffed dog and Cosmo a toy plane want to go “somewhere”, and the white dome on the horizon looks like a great place.  An  enchanting journey in Paris, and who would have known where this would lead.  We were swept away to a beautuful place, and on the page-turn of arriving at the dome this elicited, "Hey Mama that’s the same pictures like on my wall.”  - Little Reader  Place du Tertre and Place Vendôme paintings hang above her bed.  I know she’s perceptive, but even I didn’t connect the book to her room motif.  “Can I have a picture of Woggy and Cosmo flying in Paris?”  Hmmm... picture book prints for our book favs?

So tonight it’s an Italian eatery, spaghetti and meatball cupcakes, great Paris reads, and yet another viewing of Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale.

Spaghetti and meatball cupcakes recipe is from Hello, Cupcake! by Alan Richardson

Simply bake white cupcakes, frost with white icing through grass tip, top with chocolates  (Ferrero Rocher), and strawberry preserves. Oh, and it helps when you have a teenager that loves to bake.
- Thanks SB Simply Wonderful!


Brontorina
By Howe, James




No obstacle stands in the way of this ballerina dino, BrontorinaWhat will she do to show that she’s not too big to be a dancer? Not sure what the deal is with the sideway eyes on some of the characters, and it was questioned throughout the story.  Probably not going to be a distracter for most children, unless your child is very detail oriented like my Little Reader. A fun lap-read showing the way to making dreams come true, and similar to the Madeline" books.

Other Things You Might Like. 
And even something blue, just in time for Easter!


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