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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Julia, My six word story, & Then Some

Spent the morning with a Lassi and the book Julie and Julia, by Julie Powell.  Not with the adorable Lassie collie we loved so much, but a refreshing yogurt-pistachio smoothie -   Thanks Lucinda ●  Back to the book, wow look at the similarities of what Julie did to what I’m doing!   Well, kinda!  She worked her way through Julia Child's, Mastering the Art of French Cooking by cooking all 524 recipes and blogging about this feat. And I’m working my way though the Bell Whittington Library by reading all 4,513 children’s books, and also blogging along the way.  Yes, it’s a story about finding sanity in structure, but her self- indulged, repetitious hatred for conservative family values, and crude approach is completely opposite to myself.   Your right, I wouldn’t want to be stuck sitting next to her going anywhere.  So I’m not boning a duck this evening, but maybe lobster tails! 

The one and only Julia Child.
What an amazingly unique person she was!  


And lest we forget, it’s National Library Week!  SB made a sweet treat and Little Reader a thank you picture to celebrate our library. I also submitted a six word story at http://atyourlibrary.org/.
"Romping the library changes the scenery." - CR


Marvelous M Romps & Then Some
   
Sort It Out
By Mariconda, Barbara



Hence the title, a little mouse sorts his treasures into different categories at the end of each day.  A cute Children’s Choice Award filled with playful pictures, rhyming riddles, and activities at the end.  A great re-read and plans for a stuffed animal sort are underway.

The Monster Returns
By McCarty, Peter





This sequel to “Jeremy Draws a Monster” is all about imagination and friendship.  Just when Jeremy thought he got rid of the monster forever, "The Monster Returns!"  But not to fear, he knows just what to do with his drawings that come to life.   A delightful & surprise ending.
I seemed to follow the story more, with Little Reader giving more attention to what kind of monster picture she was going to draw later.  “Let’s make scary monsters for our garden.  Mine pink, yours blue!” 
Inside the Tortoise Shell
By Mondy, H. Carter




Ever wondered what goes on inside a tortoise’s shell? See for yourself inside this imaginative turtle world.  Engagingly poetic, eye-popping, bringing giggles to all.  Little Reader saw the impossible logistics of this and thinks being a turtle would be boring.

Dragon Pizzeria

By Morgan, Mary






What child doesn’t love pizza, dragons, and fairytales?   A creative story where two dragons decide to open up a pizzeria and deliver to various nursery and fairytale characters in fairytale land.  Fun to read and match the different fairy tales to their pizza toppings.

The Boy Who Was Raised By Librarians

By Morris, Carla





I can relate to spending so much time at the library as a young child, that you might say it was my second home.   To Melvin, his quest for knowledge takes him to the library everyday where three librarians Marge, Betty, and Leeola are always there to help and inspire.  Best quote, “He wanted to know a little...no...alot about everything. He was curious. And the library is a wonderful place to be if a person is curious.” A most enjoyable read and I’m going to inquire with the library if they’d let Little Reader and I sleep over. 

& Then Some

Sunday Chutney
By Blabey, Aaron




The eccentric Chutney is always moving around the world following her Dad’s jobs.  But despite her transient life, she’s positive, confident, and good at making new friends, though she admits to sometimes being a little lonely.  I can’t put my finger on what bothers me about this book. Perhaps it’s the choice of words or a deliberate oddness that seems forced. 


But not to end on this note!  “What is chutney?” - Little Reader
And looking for a six year old answer, guess what popped up on the Kindle? Coconut-Cilantro Chutney & Shrimp Masala. And after a quick trip to HEB and two hours in the kitchen my best meal yet evolved. Delish & yummy!  Though my side kick turned up her nose to this Indian faire, and chose a Happy Meal with ketchup chutney instead. 

When Charlie McButton Lost Power
By Collins, Suzanne



I had no idea that Little Reader and the teenagers were reading books by the same author. Suzanne Collins wrote a picture book before the Hunger Games.  A rhyming tale about being unplugged, not by choice and learning the joy of make-believe play.   I admit going on a “mad quest for batteries” once or twice, but were still stickin’ to our make-believe world.

Nostalgic fun, something new, and a little blue