Saturday, December 13, 2014

December by Eve Bunting

Simon and his mom don't have much--the cardboard house they built for themselves, a tiny Christmas tree, and a picture of an angel pinned to one wall. On Christmas Eve they take in a frail stranger who needs a place to keep warm, and the next morning Simon wakes early to find that the woman has vanished. Instead, he sees December, the angel from the picture, with her wings fanned out over their cardboard house. Could she be real?

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott

Thanks CK for the suggestion!

17548A heartwarming story set in rural New Hampshire in the 1800s. As the Thanksgiving Day festivities are beginning, the Bassetts must leave on an emergency. The two eldest children are in charge of the household--they prepare a holiday meal like they've never had before! Full color throughout. Follows the activities of seven children in nineteenth-century New England as they prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday while Mother is away caring for Grandmother.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Plump And Perky Turkey Paperback – by Teresa Bateman

Turkeys around Squawk Valley just don't jump into pots anymore—they are way too smart for that. So the townspeople hatch a clever plan. They host a turkey-themed arts and crafts fair and lure a vain bird into town by advertising for an artist's model. Peter the Turkey, proud of his well-stuffed form, takes the bait but doesn't fall for the trap.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Book Lists

I always have difficulty picking a book to highlight.  There are so many book losts out there.  Check these out . . . how many have your children (or you!) read?

150 Children's Books recommended by Moms - Artsy Craftsy Mom #ContainsAffiliateLinks

40 classic children's books even adults love.

Saturday, November 8, 2014


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From Booklist

Using her familiar appealing, color-washed drawings and minimal text, Gibbons spotlights a favorite fruit. Plenty of information appears in both words and images, including identification of the basic parts of the apple; some historical scenes of the apple in America (including both Johnny Appleseed and a picture of smiling Native American and Pilgrim families sharing a large bowl of shiny reds); and the apple's progress through the seasons, from blossom to fruit to harvest to Halloween bobbing and caramel coating. The final pages include pictures of different apple varieties; instructions on how to plant and care for an apple tree, bake a pie, make cider; and a back page of random fun facts. Although the book lacks organization and cohesion, there is still plenty here for young botanists who may be encountering clearly explained words such as dormant and pollination for the first time. Teachers putting together elementary science units about growth cycles and food production may also find this useful. Gillian Engberg
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Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
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Apples by Jacquline Farmer
Today, the average American consumes about sixty-five fresh apples each year. Where do so many apples come from? How do they grow? Jacqueline Farmer takes young readers on a field trip to the apple orchard to find out how apple growers turn seeds and seedlings into the many different varieties of America's favorite fruit. Recipes, trivia, and fun facts included.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson | 15 Classic Children’s Books That Have Been Banned In America

I heard this author speak about this book a few years ago and recently sat in a classroom observing children talk and write about it.  Worth a read and conversation with your child!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sports Illustrated Kids Football Playbook: Games, Activities, Puzzles, and Fun!

Sports Illustrated Kids Football Playbook: Games, Activities, Puzzles, and Fun!
While on a ride to your favorite football game, this might keep everyone busy!