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02 October 2007 @ 08:58 am
I just returned a big batch of books to the library yesterday and I forgot to document the titles so I could rate them, but there was one book in particular that I remembered and wanted to mention here and recommend to all you Autumn-lovers out there!

It's a really sweet story (with beautiful illustrations) about a young fox and his favourite tree as it goes through the changes of Fall...I LOVED this book and Ethne enjoyed it a lot too. ;)

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson; illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke - ***** 5 stars!
02 August 2007 @ 09:15 am
Just FYI. At kohls the three How do dinosaurs... books are only $5. I really liked the go to sleep and eat their food. How do dinos get well soon is ok.

For $5 they are a steal. I paid more at half price.
30 July 2007 @ 09:51 pm
we will be returning a batch of books to the library tomorrow morning, so i thought i'd do a quick 'star only' review on them now.

Brave Charlotte - Anu Stohner & Henrike Wilson  **** (4)

The Wind's Garden - Bethany Roberts & Melanie Hope Greenberg ** (2)

Twigboy - Stephen Gammell ***** (5)  Ethne LOVES this one!

Bare Bear - Miriam Moss & Mary McQuillan **** (4)

Beach Is To Fun: A Book of Relationships - Pat Brisson & Sachiko Yoshikawa *** (3)

Gator - Randy Cecil - ***** (5) Ethne's new favourite 'word' is AAAGHEEEE!

Hello, HelloMiriam Schlein *** (3)

The Winter Dragon - Caroline Pitcher & Sophy Williams ***** (5) I really like the illustration on this one...

Little One Step - Simon James **** (4)

My Blue Boat  - Chris L. Demarest *** (3)

Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose - Dr. Seuss **** (4) gets a 4 because of guns/hunting...two things i'm not big on at all, but it's Seuss, and i still really like the story.

Rooster's Off to See the World - Eric Carle **** (4)

The Gigantic Turnip - Aleksei Tolstoy & Niamh Sharkey **** (4) story is a 3, but the illustrations are a 5, so i give it a 4...Ethne really liked the book too.

Cluck O'Clock  - Kes Gray *** (3)

Moon Lake - Ivan Gantschev **** (4) I really enjoyed this one, but Ethne seemed disinterested...I think maybe for an elementary school child it would be more enjoyable.

17 July 2007 @ 12:16 am
chicka chicka boom boom by bill martin ****4
This story is short. It is more of a cute rhyme with the alphabet. Alex loved it because he loved saying chicka chicka boom boom..LOL

where the wild things are by maurice sendak ***3
I like the story but alex has never cared for it much. I think he might like it when he gets older.

on another note the library by my house is horrible. they didn't have any of the books you all mentioned. they had like three but of course are checked out. I am so sad as I was all excited to go and read the new books..lol
14 July 2007 @ 08:05 pm
“Kitten’s First Full Moon” by Kevin Henke - ***** (5)
We LOVE this book and have from the very beginning! The artwork is GREAT, and it's an easy read that little ones will soon remember. It's about a kitten that sees the moon in the sky and thinks it's a big bowl of milk. Very cute!

“Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram - **** (4)
Such a sweet story about two rabbits going back and forth about who loves one another more...

“Gator” by Randy Cecil - ***** (5)
This is the latest one we purchased BECAUSE of finding it at the library. It's about an alligator who is part of a carousel that is saddened because all the children who once rode him have grown up. He decides to leave the carousel (which leaves a "hole" in his heart). One of the daddies at the zoo sees him, which happens to be one of the children who used to love riding gator as a small child. When he decides to take his own little boy to the carousel, Gator's "hole" is filled as he gets back onto the carousel to once again allow the children to ride. SUCH a sweet book!

“If I Were A Lion” by Sarah Weeks (Illustrated by Heather Solomon) - ***** (5)
I'm a sucker for great artwork, and I really love how this story is GREAT for interaction. It's about a little girl whose mom put her in time out for being too "wild." She makes a run through all the wild animals she can think of and compares herself to them. Very cute!

“Bad Kitty” by Nick Bruel - **** (4)
This is actually an "ABC book" that runs through the alphabet rather humorously. It's about a black cat that acts bad. CUTE!

“The Day The Babies Crawled Away” by Peggy Rathmann - **** (4)
Another library fave! LOVE the artwork!

“Time For Bed” by Mem Fox (Illustrated by Jane Dyer) - **** (4)
I LOVE Jane Dyer's artwork! We have quite a few of her books, and this one is PERFECT for little ones who are too wiggly to read longer books, but are big enough to enjoy the beautiful pages.

“Oh My Baby Little One” by Kathi Appelt (Illustrated by Jane Dyer) - **** (4)
This is a tearjerker for the working moms. I bought this when I was pregnant with Sophie. It's about how no matter where her baby bird is, the mommy bird is always with her in some way. (While baby bird is in school and momma bird is at work, she assures the baby bird that she's always thinking of him and keeping him close.)

“Child of Faerie, Child of Earth” by Jane Yolen (Illustrated by Jane Dyer) - **** (4)
Another lovely book with Jane Dyer's watercolors in it. I actually purchased this for Tori back when she married Mark and gave it to her at a meet-n-greet. It's a really sweet story about a faerie child and an earth child's interaction. This is good for an older youngster.

“How Do Dinosaurs…” (there are quite a few of these) by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague - **** (4)
These are really fun and spark lots of questions. I love the artwork in these, as well!


And for the younger babies (board books):

ANY Sandra Boynton book! - ***** (5)
BY FAR, my favorite baby books!!!!! They're suuuch an easy read, and they're really easy for little ones to memorize.

Priddy books ROCK as picture books (Happy Baby series, Bright Baby series) - **** (4)
These are wonderful teaching books. Sophie learned a lot of her animals from these books, and her baby brother is now doing the same.

Where is Baby’s Belly Button? & Counting Kisses by Karen Katz - *** (3)
Not the best art, but the kids have always loved them.
12 July 2007 @ 10:48 pm
My daughter Elizabeth & I usually read chapter books every evening, a chapter a night.
We've been reading before bedtime off & on since she was a toddler.

The Giving Tree by Shel Siverstein ****4
Spanning the lifetime of a tree and a boy, the story is about giving and sacrificing for the happiness of others. A really great lesson.
My 8 year old daughter Elizabeth & I really loved reading this book. I read it as a girl, and I first read it to her when she was about 4 or 5. She's loved it since.

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch ***3
A very sweet tale about a mother's love for her child. To me, it gets a bit creepy as the child gets older, but I'm sure it's innocent.
I read it to Elizabeth when she was still in the womb, and I read it to her often as a little girl. She still has it on her bookshelf, but she doesn't read it often any more. It might go in her keepsake box.
(I've never gotten over the fact that the author's last name is so similar to the scheming people who pretended to be Annie's parents in the musical "Annie." I giggle every time I see it. :) Hehe!)

Warriors: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter *****5 (definitely for older readers/those who will be able to concentrate for longer periods of time)
Elizabeth & I are almost done with this book, and we just adore it. It has action and excitement, and cats! (We both love cats) So this book was really great. It's not overtly boy-ish or girl-ish, it's very neutral in that sense, and it's just a really great read all around.
(I actually read the whole book and just finished the 2nd one, which was also excellent.)
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
12 July 2007 @ 10:30 pm
Mr. Brown can Moo how about you? By Dr. Seuss *****5
I LOVE this book it is so fun to read and it is easy for Alex to help read by making the sounds. I actually ask him to read it because I love it so..lol

There's a wocket in my pocket by Dr. Seuss *1
This book was whatever I didn't even want to finish reading it.

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss ***3
This book is ok. i don't love it but don't mind reading it. It is not my first choice though.

One Fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish By Dr. seuss **2
this book is ok. I don't mind reading it but prefer not to.

Hop on Pop by dr. seuss *1
not worth your time

Fox in socks by Dr. seuss ****4
I love reading this tongue twister. It is fun.

Horton hears a who by dr. Seuss *****5
I love this book. It is cute...I love Horton.

Horton hatches the egg by dr. Seuss *****5
LOVE this book. It is a little old for alex and he gets bored half way through but I love it..heehee Again love Horton.
12 July 2007 @ 08:33 pm

Here's a few of the ones we've read recently...thought I'd go ahead and get a little rating going!

Round Robin by Jack Kent  - *****5

I'm not even sure if this book is in print anymore, but I found it at the library after remembering it as a favourite from my childhood.  I still love it and so did my daughter, Ethne!  Highly recommended.


Stella Star of the Sea by Marie-Louise Gay - ****4

Ethne liked this one pretty well...we read it half a dozen times before we returned it to the library.  We just bought fish and named them 'Stella' and 'Sam' after the characters in the story. 


You Are My I Love You by Maryann Cusimano Love - *****5

This is a short, very tenderhearted rhyming book.  I just happened upon it back in March at B&N - it brought me to tears right there in the store.  Terrific book for parents and kids.


Sand Sister by Amanda White - ****4

A cute story about a little girl who has a magical friend at the beach.  After I'd read this to Ethne a couple of times, she started mentioning that she wants a sister.  Oh boy...LOL!


"Stand Back", said the Elephant, "I'm Going to Sneeze." by Patricia Thomas - ***3

Ethne liked this one quite a bit, but it's pretty long and the rhyming gets annoying after a while.  Otherwise, a cute story.

12 July 2007 @ 08:14 pm
We've spent thousands of hours reading with our kids over the past 16 years. We have a sizable home library as well as making weekly trips to the public library. So many good books come to mind but I'll start with just a couple.

I pulled these two off the closest book shelf. They are:

"The Sneetches and Other Stories" by Dr. Seuss  Of course everyone is familiar with The Cat in the Hat and many others but the Sneetches and Other Stories, which contains 4 magnificent rhyming tales, is by far my favorite of all Seuss books. I give it 5 stars!

"Grandpa's Teeth"
  by Rod Clement is one that my kids purchased on their own at a school book fair. It is hilarious. The humor appeals to both kids and parents. Some of the humor might go over the head of preschoolers, but elementary aged kids love this book and so do I. When my mom read this book for the first time she laughed until she cried. I give it 5 stars!