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More Picture Books to Add to Your Reading List

June 30, 2022

What is home? It has different definitions for different people. Here is a look at books that describe a variety of homes.

Home

Wes and Claire, a brother and sister, use their imagination, art, and adventures as they live in their comfy Brown House. But when they have to leave their beloved home because of circumstances they can’t control, the family finds themselves homeless. They are on their way to nowhere, then somewhere, then anywhere as they desperately search for a place to stay. They end up living in a shelter where the family has the love of one another infused with hope and determination to find something better. When they finally are able to move into the Blue House, imagination, art, and adventure are alive once again, but they never forget where they have been and remember to help others in the same circumstances. A touching story that is ripe for discussion on why homelessness sometimes happens to people and how you can make the best of it.

Little Houses

A young girl visits Grandma and Grandpa’s little house close to the ocean where she and her grandma explore the beach. They search for shells of all colors, shapes, and sizes that wash ashore. They find empty little houses – the shells where their inhabitants no longer live. The little girl is filled with so many questions about the little houses, the shells, the rocks and stones, and the beach animals that she finds as she wanders around the beach. When the little girl returns home, she brings back empty little houses, good memories, and dreams of the many things she doesn’t know while looking for answers. This is a lovely book with illustrations created by the author’s wife.

Home: A Peek-Through Picture Book

A bear cub wanders out into the forest and gets to take a peek at a variety of animals building their homes. As night appears and winter nears, a pack of wolves is on the prowl for a tasty treat. The bear cub returns to his cave and the warmth of home for a long comfy sleep. This is an adorable peek-through rhyming book that kids will love as they learn about animal homes.

Celebrate Independence Day with this inspiring story that honors our nation’s flag.

30,000 Stitches: The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 Flag

This is a book that will touch your heart as you read about how the 30-foot tattered flag that flew across from Ground Zero after the 9/11 attack on the United States was restored. The flag was put into storage, but in 2008, it was brought back out. It was lovingly restored by citizens from different walks of life as it traveled to all fifty states. Pieces of flags of historical importance from each state were used to repair the torn flag. It was an act of patriotism that displayed the true fabric of America – our home. A must-read!

What Is A Home?

March 21, 2019

In one week, my daughter and her family are moving.

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Big deal you may say. For them, it is a big deal. With many moves behind them in both their single and married lives, they are now moving to a permanent home. No one is more excited than my husband and I are. No more storing their stuff at our house.

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We can now reclaim our basement. Yipee!!

I’ve always believed a home is where your heart is and what you make of it. It can be a cozy reading corner with your favorite chair, a kitchen where you can pump out delicious smells, a spectacular view from a window, a bedroom of your own, but most of all a home, no matter how big or how small, is a place where family gathers together.

Click on the covers below to discover which picture books you connect with?

 

 

Reading: A Cure for the Annoying Things in Life

November 6, 2014

Our Midwest little house on the prairie stands proudly sporting a For Sale sign that has become a permanent fixture in our lawn. Our New England little house in the big woods waits for us to become its permanent residents. Last week we hauled another load of things to make our periodical visits to our new home more comfortable.

Building a house while living halfway across the country had its ups and downs. Before we closed, we did the walk through. Surprise! Surprise! We discovered a list of things the builder and his contractors had missed.

How did cork flooring end up in the laundry room when we ordered tile? And you would think that if you can’t change a light bulb in a bathroom fixture because it’s too close to the ceiling, the fixture should be installed the other way around. And what about the obvious gouges in the hardwood floor and the thermostat that has a mind of its own? All of these things are annoying, but they can be corrected. There was one major thing that put me over the edge. I call it the washing machine incident.

Before attempting to do any laundry in our new fancy-dancy washer, I carefully read the instruction booklet. I followed the directions. I stood by to make sure the washer was working the way it should. When I felt comfortable, I left the room. BIG MISTAKE! Within minutes of my leaving, the washer began to empty water from the machine to get ready for the rinse cycle. The water from the washer went into the hose, down the drain, and came right back up into the laundry room. Soapy water covered the floor and spilled into the mudroom. It was making its way to the hardwood floor in the hallway when my husband’s urgent call for HELP brought dirty clothes, towels, blankets, and anything else we could get our hands on to sop up the water.

What caused this mishap? The pipe the rinse water drains into was capped off just beneath the floor of the laundry room. The plumber failed to connect it to the septic system. HELLO! WHAT WAS HE THINKING? Words I don’t normally use spewed from my mouth that day!

We are back in the Midwest. We stare at the For Sale sign in our front yard and continue to wait for someone to buy our house. It’s very discouraging! To drown my sorrows, I decided to immerse myself in one of my favorite pastimes – reading children’s books. At the library, I picked up a combination of fiction and non-fiction picture books, a poetry book, and a few chapter books.

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Come to me, my lovelies, and fill my head and heart with all things good!


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