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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Summer Reads, But First Let Me Take A Selfie

So we are into the first week of summer and it's almost too late to be starting my backyard garden.  But at least my front beds are up and running.  Why am I'm telling you this?  I had an interesting revelation while outside with my little one.  I have red cardinal flowers that have taken sprout and they are taking off.  So I decided to transport them from their pots to the front flower bed.  My Little Reader asks,  "Why do we need to plant them in the front if they are doing fine where they are?"  Mom response, Yes they can survive where they are, but in order for them to thrive we have to move them where they will have more room to grow.   We want them to produce beautiful flowers.   As I'm beginning to let go of the fact that my graduated son is soon going off to college, I see this a perfect metaphor. 
 
And can someone please tell me what the deal is with the selfies?  This act of self esteem is something I refuse to gaze upon and admittedly will say that my phone would probably reject this even if I tried.  Besides having a camera one foot away from my face feels more like a direct threat than a happy moment.  With all this to say during my sons graduation the valedictorian took a selfie during her speech and pulled it off nicely.  Apparently this is the thing to do during graduations, so I've been told...

I'll finish this speech, but first... Thanks for the memories, GP Class of 2014
let's go change the world


Summer Reads
 
Snoring Beauty 
 Bardhan Quallen, Sudipta 
 
 

A funny and rhyming take on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty.   It's a good thing Prince Max arrives to break the spell of the loud snoring slumbering princess. 
 
Animalia
 Base, Graeme  
 
 
 
A beautiful illustrated alphabet book that I admittedly have checked out numerous times.  And of course we love the L is for Lazy Lions Lounging in the Library.  This one's filled with animals mythological creatures and your reader will enjoy finding additional things that begin with the corresponding letter. 
 
Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale
By Lloyd-Jones, Sally



 
A hysterical fish tale.  Just like our overly optimistic Dory from Finding Nemo, Miss Doreen Randolph-Potts is a half full always  looking on the bright side kinda fish.  On her way to pay a visit to her second cousin twice removed who just had 157 babies, she gets hooked on a delectable dragonfly.  Yes hooked!  No need to mourn for what looks like doomed fate, as she isn't fazed by any of her precarious situations.  Illustrations are beautiful and Little Reader compared this to Ponyo.  Don't miss this Miyazaki  film, get to your library and reserve it today...
 
In case you asked, what's Ponyo? 

 
Punished!
By Lubar, David
 
 
A quick witty tale about a boy named Logan that is cursed or "punished" and can only speak in puns.  After running wild in the library Professor Wordsworth  gives him a face of magical dust.  In order to lift the curse Logan must complete three figures of speech quests.  Fun, witty, great afternoon read.
 
This Is A Moose
By Morris, Richard
 
 
Once a movie director tried capturing the essence of a true moose.   But his idea of what a moose should be was not in line with the moose.  This moose actually wants to be an astronaut and will do whatever it takes to make his dream come true.  An  imaginative humorous tale of following your dreams.   Roll on!
 
The Dancing Pancake
By Spinelli, Eileen
 
 
 
This book is NOT about a dancing pancake like we hoped.  But instead the Dancing Pancake is just the name of a restaurant.  This was a bit of a letdown, and we didn't finish reading it.   In summary it's about a girl dealing with her parents separation and dealing with issues surrounding this type of event.   Not recommended for young readers, and why would children want to enter into such a depressing story? 
 
Bake Sale
By Varon, Sara
 
 
 
One fascinating, comic style, strange read.  Gotta love a story about a Cupcake that runs a bakery with an eggplant for a best friend.  Eggplant is planning a trip to Turkey and will see the infamous chef, Turkish Delight.  And Cupcake just has to meet her as well, so he starts selling baked goods to raise the money for the trip.  We have checked this out numerous times and its quirkiness keeps drawing us back into the story each time.    
 
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