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Another Wintery Story

December 6, 2018

The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett

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After Hedgie, the hedgehog, hears the barnyard animals talk about the excitement winter brings, Hedgie decides he doesn’t want to miss out. No hibernating for him this year. Jan Bretts detailed and colorful illustrations show Hedgie as he tries to stay awake for winter, but he begins to shiver in the frosty night. Brett’s clever use of a secondary story in the border, depicts a young girl, Lisa, watching from a window. She sees Hedgie, bundles him up, and brings him into the warmth of her house. Wrapped in a tea cozy (So cute!), and placed by the window, Hedgie has a perfect spot to see winter. A snowstorm changes the landscape of the farm to a winter wonderland. Hedgie sees the chicken coop covered in snow and icicles, Lisa and the geese skating on the frozen pond, and snowmen. But poor Hedgie is getting tired. He’s almost asleep when he hears the jingle of bells. It’s pony pulling Lisa in the sleigh – a happy sight to see. Meanwhile, in the border story, the barnyard animals are peeking into the windows of Lisa’s house. With Hedgie sleeping longer each day, Lisa brings him to his burrow where he belongs. When she returns home, Lisa is in for a big winter surprise of her own. Jan Brett’s story and illustrations are truly charming. They are sure to delight any child with each page turn.

 

 

 

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Memories and Egg Magic

March 29, 2018

My grandmother came to America from what is now called Slovakia. She was a thrifty woman. She lived in a small bungalow in the city of Milwaukee. She never owned a car. Instead, she walked everywhere or took public transportation.  She made her own clothes and poo-pooed spending money on frivolous things. Her backyard was a garden filled with fruits, herbs, and vegetables. We ate them fresh in the summer and canned in the winter. The aroma from her kitchen was always inviting – especially during the holidays. Her breads and pastries were to die for. I was convinced my grandmother could do anything. She even made magic with Easter eggs. She used natural dyes – onion skins, cut beets, spinach … I was always amazed to see what color the eggs would be when they came out of the pot. Whether it be taking a special bus trip downtown, picking vegetables from the garden, or helping make apple strudel, being with my grandmother was always a magical and memorable experience.

Make a magical and memorable experience with your kids. Try using natural dyes to color your eggs. It’s a great science project!

https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/2012/03/28/day-4-egg-week-dying-easter-eggs-naturally/

Below are some other links to help you along the way to beautifully-colored eggs.

https://www.mommypotamus.com/how-to-dye-easter-eggs-naturally-with-everyday-ingredients/

http://www.kaleyann.com/naturally-dyed-easter-eggs/

https://whatscookingamerica.net/Eggs/EasterEggDye.htm

Speaking of memorable, here are some of my favorite classic books for this season.

golden

The Golden Egg Book written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Leonard Weisgard, Golden Books, 2004

country

The Country Bunny and the Little Golden Shoes written by Du Bose Heyward and illustrated by Marjorie Flack, Harcourt Brace and Company, 1939

eggs

Rechenka’s Eggs written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco, Philomel Books, 1988

velvet

The Velveteen Rabbit written by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson, Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 1958

peter

The Tale of Peter Rabbit written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter, Warne Frederick & Company, 2009

 

Halloween Books Kids Will Scream For

October 26, 2017

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Halloween is quickly approaching. If you’re looking for some awesome Halloween board books your toddler will want to hear again and again, check out these.

5 little pumpkings

Five Little Pumpkins is written and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. This book is fast-paced and lively with rhyming text that toddlers will love as they count the pumpkins.

7 pump

Seven Orange Pumpkins is written and illustrated by Stephen Savage. Bright colors and rhyming text will delight little ones as pumpkins disappear in this not-too-spooky Halloween book.

pumpkin party

Pumpkin Party is written by Maude Powell-Tuck and illustrated by Gill Guile. In another fun rhyming book, animals dress up for Halloween and take part in party activities for an enjoyable Halloween gathering.

boo

Boo! A Book of Spooky Surprises is written by Jonathan Litton and illustrated by Fhiona Galloway. Repetition makes this book perfect for toddlers who want to be an active part of the reading. They can practice their “boos” each time you read, “Were you the one who shouted … BOO?”

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Peep and Egg: I’m Not Trick-or-Treating is written by Laura Gehl and illustrated by Joyce Wan. Peep and Egg are back again for a Halloween treat. Peep tries everything to get Egg to go trick-or-treating, including telling funny Halloween jokes, but Egg is still too scared. Find out if Egg takes a crack at trick-or-treating or if Egg is left in the dark.

duck goose

Duck & Goose:  Honk! Quack! Boo! is written and illustrated by Tad Hills. (Hardcover) The charming duo of Duck and Goose are going trick-or-treating, but will their fear of meeting up with a Swamp Monster ruin their day, or will they figure out a way of facing the unknown and have a fun Halloween?

Any of these books would make a perfect treat for your spirited Halloween creatures.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

Fall Fun

October 24, 2013

Pick A Circle, Gather Squares:  A Fall Harvest of Shapes written by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky and illustrated by Susan Swan is a wonderful seasonal book to introduce shapes.

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It’s October, and what’s more fun than a family trip to a farm for a harvest hayride and pumpkin picking? While there, the family is on the spy to see how many different shapes they can find. Round pumpkins and apples, a square bale of hay, oval eggs, a rectangular box, hexagons in the chicken-wire fence, and triangle slices of pie. What other shapes can be found?

This concept book is perfect to share with preschoolers. Susan Swan’s illustrations include cut paper and bright autumn colors that will keep youngsters entertained as they search for the various  shapes.


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