Saturday, December 28th, 2013
This is one of the many books that Santa brought. I read about it somewhere on the internet and borrowed it from the library but, after reading the first story, when Chase declared that she loved it and wanted to read the whole book I decided it needed to end up under the tree.
I can’t even tell you what it’s about but you can read about it here and I thought that the amount of time spent reading Tashi over the last few days is enough of an endorsement that I wanted to share it. The book is really appealing especially if you have a kid that likes fanciful stories with gnomes and trolls and plenty of adventure. We also read the Dragons Of Blueland series together. She enjoyed it but didn’t run off with the books at every opportunity to try to read ahead. She’s far too busy reading now to tell me about it but maybe I’ll get her to fill me in once she’s done and waiting for the Second Big Big Big Book Of Tashi to arrive.
Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
A friend posted this link on Facebook and I had such a good chuckle reading it. I thought it is probably time to document some of the funny pronunciations that are totally unique to Avery in this house.
Avery colors with crowns not crayons.
Avery uses the toolet not the toilet.
Avery goes to patties not parties.
That Avery, she’s a real firecracker. I spent a lot of time over the last several weeks pointing out all the differences between Avery and Ramona and pointing out how they are not actually the same. However I will concede that, in this picture, she looks like she’s straight out of an illustration from Beezus and Ramona or Ramona the Pest. And on that note, this article is interesting if you enjoy Beverly Cleary’s books.
Monday, September 3rd, 2012
There is no shortage of craft books at our house but, so far, this is the best one. We made five projects out of this book over the long, rainy weekend. Chase chose a bunch of projects and had a lot of fun coloring and cutting and taping. By this afternoon she had a whole menagerie of animals set up in front of the tv.
I don’t know what it is about this book. It’s some combination of the cute illustrations and the simplicity of the projects that makes it so appealing. The projects are just the right balance of challenge and simplicity. Most of them can be completed with just paper, scissors and markers or crayons. The elephant required a few household items that might be harder to come by but how smart is making legs out of clothespins?
Also this weekend? A Cinderella paint with water book and a disney princess sticker book (The Book Thing never disappoints). How did you fill all the rainy hours?
Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
It happened. I have a kindergartner. Crazy! Chase is super excited. Even though when I picked her up today she told me that she had a wardrobe malfunction. So I asked her what happened next. Kids laughed she said. Did you laugh? I asked. No. Did you cry? I asked. No. What did you do? I (sassy foot tapping arms crossed stance assumed) waited. That kid. Am I oversharing? I thought the story was so cute and she seemed to unbothered by it. The report of the day was otherwise good. There’s a pink crayon in her box. She’s thrilled.
We’ve been reading school themed books from our bookshelf just for fun. Here’s what’s we’ve been reading:
The Teacher From The Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler (and the gym teacher)- These books poke fun at all of the anxiety that builds up around school and new teachers.
Franklin Goes To School by Paulette Bourgeois- Chase declared this one too baby… a story about first day jitters.
Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry Allard- This is a favorite. A funny story about how a disgruntled teacher gets her students to behave.
Jessica by Kevin Henkes- A story about a girl and her imaginary friend and making real friends in kindergarten.
Starting School by Janet and Allan Ahlberg- This book has lovely illustrations if a little heavy on the Baby Jesus for a back to school book. The story takes you through the first half of the school year when they put on a Christmas pageant.
What are you reading and how was the first day at your house?
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
I picked this book up from where it was displayed because I always take a peek at books about fiber arts. I loved it right away! So I thought I would share it with you.
I’m not that interested in yarn bombing but I thought that the way it was woven into this story was cute. The illustrations are sweet and the story is simple but with a fairytale or fable like moral. An evil duke? sultan? I can’t remember but, in any event, he was evil and steals the box of yarn. To his dismay he discovers the bottomless box of yarn to be empty and throws it back into the ocean where it makes it’s way back to the little girl and she keeps right on knitting. It’s a cute story with lovely illustrations and my kids really liked it. Also, Mr. Crabtree remind me of the mister.
Extra Yarn By Mac Barnett if you’re in Baltimore you can borrow it from the Village Learning Place.
Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
Or in other words, I think I can… I think I can. You take a week off from writing and then it doesn’t seem to come quite as easily anymore. Before we left we talked about data plans and wifi and whether or not we should totally disconnect and, in the end, I don’t think either of us touched a computer all week. There was lots of Uno, digging in the sand, kite flying, roasting marshmallows and generally lolling about the place (check out the vintage flame orange fire place!). Then of course there was also the grueling drive and, oh, the lost camera. It’s found now but poor Ben was beside himself for a minute. I think I’ll wait until I have all the pictures to write a proper post about vacation. Read the rest of this entry »
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
I enjoyed this article from The Times. Check it out if you get a chance. I thought I’d share that with you and this (partial) list of classics appropriate for grades 2-8 in a rough progression through those grades from low to high. This is a list of some titles that were requested through a grant writing process but I found it interesting to see the titles on the list and thought I’d share it. There are some challenging titles on the list and some of my favorites too. The list brought back some good reading memories. I can remember reading The Indian In The Cupboard and loving it. Gosh, and it was a “boy” book at that. What are your early reading memories? I might just print this out and keep it in my pocket.
Novel ideas for grades 2-8…
- Dear Mr. Henshaw
- Mouse and the Motorcycle
- The Pain and the Great One
- Ramona Quimby, Age 8
- Sarah Plain anhd Tall
- Chocolate Touch
- The Hundred Dresses
- Freckle Juice
- In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
- A Wrinkle in Time
- Johnny Appleseed and the Tale of Despereaux
- Stone Fox
- Mr. Poppers’s Penguins
- Indian and the Cupboard
- Cricket in Times Square
- Love that Dog
- The Phantom Toolbooth
- Maniac Magee
- Number the Stars
- Johnny Tremain
- I am the Ice Worm
- The Outsiders
- The Call of the Wild
- City of Ember
- Watsons Go to Birmingham
- Hunger Games
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
As for KCWC day 2, I’m not sewing tonight. I’m prepping for tomorrow and thinking about this and this.
Saturday, March 10th, 2012
I finished reading Penelope Lively’s novel a couple of weeks ago. She calls it an exercise in confabulation. Or an exploration of the stories that exist between her memoirs and what her life might have been. I usually don’t like short stories but because each of these was prefaced with her personal experience and her imaginings about how it might have ended differently I felt like there was a thread of continuity woven through all the stories even though they were meant to stand alone. I didn’t like it quite as much as Moon Tiger but I do enjoy her writing and I liked this book too. Read the rest of this entry »
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
I keep my old edition of Joy and Fannie Farmer but I rarely, if ever, use them. The last time I can recall thumbing through one of them I was referencing ratios for jam recipes. I’ll use them for stuff like that but they’re never the first place I turn for a recipe for let’s say… a soup or an interesting pasta dish. Read the rest of this entry »
Friday, February 3rd, 2012
We’re lucky to live in a neighborhood with lots of good food options but every now and then, particularly now at 23 weeks, I get Ben to drive me around looking for something a little different. Most of the time we end up in Fells or Harbor East. I like hanging out by the water. And I like Pitango Gelato. I freaking love it. Read the rest of this entry »