Posted tagged ‘Candace Fleming’

Man Vs. Bunny

January 30, 2014

My husband has bunny radar. The other evening at eleven o’clock in the far-below freezing temperatures, my husband asked, “Do you want to see a rabbit?”

My thought:  I want to go to bed!

On our back patio, in the dark and bitter cold, sat a rabbit. It wasn’t just any rabbit. My husband’s body language told me that rabbit was his nemesis. Before I could say goodnight, my husband was out the door chasing that furry critter away.

Rabbits have become an obsession with my husband. An obsession is never a good thing especially when it has to do with ridding the world – or at least our yard – of those hoppy little creatures. This fixation of his began several summers ago when a traveling band of bunnies moved into our neighborhood. Since that time, they do what bunnies do – multiply.

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! In the past, those rabbits have decimated our flower gardens. They’ve gnawed at our shrubs. And even though there’s a fence around our vegetable garden, the rabbits have discovered a way to secretly enter into a veggie paradise.

I reminded my husband of the Tale of Peter Rabbit and suggested he refer to how Mr. McGregor handled a similar situation. I even suggested he plant Creepy Carrots! to scare those bunnies away.

Then one day last summer, my husband discovered a nest of bunny babies in our yard. His decision to carefully move those bunnies to a place outside our yard transformed Mama Bunny into Battle Bunny!

It was all-out war between man and bunny. That bunny gnawed every bush she could find. She dug burrows around the yard, feasted on fresh vegetables, and left behind rabbit poop.

No fur ball was going to outwit my husband. He was out for rabbit stew! He swept away rabbit poop, put chicken wire around every bush, and bought rabbit repellent. We are now in the deep of winter and the bunny tale continues. My husband’s rabbit radar is up and running. Who will win?

Maybe my husband should plant a garden of books to quell his appetite for rabbit stew.

Rabbit Reading:

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by G. Brian Karas (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2002)

The Tale of Peter Rabbit written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter (Warne, 110 anniversary edition, 2012)

Creepy Carrots! written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012)

Battle Bunny written by Jon Scieszka: Mac Barnett and illustrated by Matthew Myers (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013)

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Lima Beans Make Me Gag

May 30, 2013

I love vegetables, but DO NOT serve me lima beans. They make me gag. Maybe it was the way my mom cooked them – dry as a bone and hard to swallow. Despite that, she must have done something right because I’m all in for fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s a good thing because June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. Arugula. Okra. Romanesco. Kumquats. Quince. Salmonberries. YUM!

Okay, maybe you’re not into exotic fruits and vegetables, but carrots, broccoli, green beans, apples, bananas and pears are perfectly safe choices. Take a trip to your local grocery store. Peruse the fruit and veggie aisle. Don’t pass by these delicious treasures. Grab a handful and step into a healthy new world. Remember your mother’s wise words:  “Fruits and vegetables are good for you!”

Munch and crunch! Chomp and chew!

Fruits and veggies good for you!

Take a bite out of these delicious books.

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Green Beans, Potatoes, and Even Tomatoes written by Brian P. Cleary and illustrated by Martin Goneau

The rhyming text in this book moves at a quick pace and keeps interest at a high level. The illustrations are colorful and fun while providing excellent information on the nutritional value of vegetables. Whether they’re sliced, diced, peeled, or steamed, vegetables are a perfect choice to keep you healthy.

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The Vegetables We Eat written and illustrated by Gail Gibbons

This nonfiction book presents a wide variety of vegetables that grow in different shapes, sizes, and colors. The author explains how vegetables are categorized by the way we eat them. Accompanying illustrations help the reader learn the different categories of vegetables such as tuber, stem, and root. Gibbons explains the different ways to grow and harvest vegetables and how they get to the grocery store for consumers to buy. This book is chock-full of information for the mind and body.

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Go, Go, Grapes! A Fruit Chant written by April Pulley Sayre

Do you want to be a cheerleader? If you do, this book is for you! April Pulley Sayre offers a fast-paced cheer for fruit. Vivid photographs and text with rhyme and rhythm make this book a real winner.

Also check out Rah, Rah, Radishes!

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Gregory, the Terrible Eater written by Mitchell Sharmat and illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey

Gregory, a young goat, is a fussy eater. He only wants to eat “fruits, vegetables, eggs, fish, bread, and butter.” His parents are horrified! Goats eat cans, boxes, shoes, paper, and the like. With much patience, Gregory’s parents slowly introduce hearty goat food into his diet with a bit of his healthy food included. The mix is just right.

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Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Mr. McGreely plants a garden he has always wanted. Lettuce, peas, carrots, and tomatoes are his choice. Alas, hungry bunnies attack his garden. Muncha! McGreely is determined to stop them. He builds a fence, walls, and trenches to deter the hungry bunnies. Mr. McGreely thinks he has won the battle, but, unbeknownst to him, the bunnies have outsmarted him. The text provides interactive participation with its repetitive “Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!” Make sure to scope out the bunnies hiding in the illustrations.

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month and Dairy Month. Eat, drink, and be healthy!


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