Posted tagged ‘Advice’

Learning Everything – Little Golden Books

January 8, 2015

A much-loved Christmas present was the book, Everything I Need to Know I learned From a Little Golden Book. It was written by Diane Muldrow. She’s the editorial director at Golden Books/Random House and an author of children’s books of all ages. She knows books.

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If you look carefully, the book resembles a classic Little Golden Book. It’s the same in appearance and size, but it is has more pages than the usual Little Golden Book. The inside cover has the familiar place to add your name as the owner of the book.

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The next page is the copyright page with a cuter-than-cute illustration of the “poky little puppy.” Following the title page, is a lovely introductory letter written by Diane Muldrow. Then the fun begins. If you know Little Golden books, you’ll be delighted with what you see. Memorable pictures from classic Little Golden Books greet you with each page turn. At the bottom of the page is the title of the book, the names of the author and illustrator, and the year in which the book was published. The text consists of sage advice that accompanies each illustration and offers a refreshing outlook on life. Here are some of my favorites. “Use your imagination.” “Stay curious.” “Be a hugger.”

Like other Little Golden Books from my past, this book is one to be cherished. It was given to me by my daughter. Who knew she could choose a book with such wisdom in it? I’m the mother. I’m supposed to be imparting my wisdom to her!

Little Golden Books have brought many hours of enjoyment to my daughter and me. Hopefully, someday I’ll have a grandchild who will find these books just as appealing as we do.

 

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The Princess in Us

May 2, 2013

At a recent writing conference I attended, I won a simply charming picture book in a raffle. The Very Fairy Princess was written by the mother/daughter combo of Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton and was illustrated by Christine Davenier.  

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Princess books are in high demand in our school library with the kindergarten and first grade girls. If one girl wants to check one out, they all do. Sometimes, out of curiosity, the boys get involved, too! I guess we secretly all want to be a princess or a prince. If we can’t be one, the next best thing is to read about one.

I highly recommend The Very Fairy Princess. It’s funny and heart-warming. Geraldine, the little fairy princess, is a spunky gal. She has a crown, wings, and shades of pink, purple and red are her favorite colors to wear. This fairy princess is also very practical and dispenses some first-rate advice that is perfect for young children. “You can be whatever you want to be. You just have to let your sparkle out!” If you like this book, you’re sure to enjoy the rest in this series.

Whether it’s a crown, a certain dress, fairy wings, a favorite T-shirt, blue jeans, or a smile, sometimes that one special item makes you feel good inside which makes you shine on the outside. That’s a wonderful thing!

Let your sparkle out today!

Pepe Says Okay

December 27, 2012

Maybe I had too much cleaning, too much cooking, and too much family. Picking up scraps of leftover wrapping paper, ribbons, and food hiding in the carpet and furniture wasn’t on my list of priorities. Whatever the case, I wasn’t in my usual jovial holiday mood on Wednesday, okay.

I decided it was “me time.” So I sat down with a book my daughter received as a gift for Christmas. The book appealed to me. It offered lots of white space for a quick read, and I knew it wouldn’t tax my tired brain. The book in hand was It’s Hard Out Here For A Shrimp by Pepe the King Prawn.

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Let it be known, our family is crazy for Muppets, okay. During the Christmas holiday, we watched Muppets from Space, and on Christmas night, we all fell asleep watching The Muppet Christmas Carol. It’s a tradition – not to fall asleep during the movie, but to watch the Muppets. So reading Pepe the King Prawn’s book was a welcome escape, okay.

Kermit the Frog’s introduction put a smile on my face, and Pepe’s forward started me laughing. Giggles and snorts followed as I read page after page of Pepe’s thoughts and advice on life, love, and living large. This book is irreverently funny, but so on target, okay. My laughter caught the attention of my family. Perhaps they were wondering if I had finally gone off the deep end. Then I started sharing some of Pepe’s words of wisdom with them, and they knew.

Pepe’s thoughts on families:

My family embarrasses me,

makes me mad,

and drives me crazy.

That’s how I know they’re my family.

This is a great book to take your mind off the things that really don’t matter – like picking up dog poop from the yard when it’s twenty-three degrees. I suggest you put this book on your to read list for the New Year, okay.

(Just in case you didn’t know, Pepe often adds okay after he says something, okay.)


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