Wednesday, January 4, 2023

A great way to learn the geography of North & South America!




 Penguin is from Antarctica and Polar Bear is from the Arctic. They agree to meet in the middle. Thus begins a fantastic study in the geography of North and South America. The character of the arctic tern makes it all happen. Delightful!

Monday, October 10, 2022

A new way to think about pockets

 This is a terrific imaginative book about how different things can serve as pockets.

Examples: a bed is a pocket for a rest; a bathtub is a pocket full of suds. The book has a rhythm to it when reading aloud--it is written in verses that each end with a strong statement. Kids enjoyed listening to this today. (10.10.22)



Tuesday, August 23, 2022

The bittersweet wrap up of summer days

 

The New York Times recently invited readers to read this book as an end of summer activity. What a terrific suggestion! I am ashamed to say that this is the first time that I have read this Caldecott winner. It won in 1958 so that is a little bit before my time. ;) This book celebrates the raw beauty of nature in summer. It also devotes part of the story line to a hurricane,,,wow! When you are bidding farewell (in this case, to the summer cabin), what a great idea to reflect on the time of wonder that you have had. Bittersweet!
Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Sea Stars and so much more!

 My sea star story time turned out great for OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES! 

Hoshi is a sea star who would like to travel to the night skies because she thinks they would offer her so many other things. She has a conversation with anglerfish who points out that happiness is in your own heart, wherever you are. Hoshi then sees her familiar, wonderful home with new awareness. Lovely! (*Quietly, the reader learns the parallels between the night skies and the ocean.)

Oh, wow, sea stars inhabit the oceans and they come in so many enchanting varieties. Example: the sunflower sea star has 24 arms! Facts are listed throughout this book...kids (& I) were particularly fascinated with how the sea star's stomach comes out if it's mouth. When the sea star is done digesting, the stomach goes back into the sea star's body!

A ritual is described in this book that I like. Closing eyes and listening while someone paints you pictures with their words. This basic premise of communication and imagination is something beautiful that we can enjoy as a human!

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

For the love of nature

 This book is beautiful. It is a board book, meant for the youngest humans, but could just as easily be on display in the space of anyone who loves nature. The song  has a simple message...nature is a part of us. Lovely. 



Friday, July 22, 2022

Joyous and beautiful!

Oh my heavens, I love this precious book. On a heat wave day I discovered this. The family at the pool and the same family at the beach enjoy the beautiful water and enjoy decorating themselves. This is such a celebration of life and creativity. My take: Everyone is invited to wear beads and feathers and whatever else makes them feel lovely and happy and much like a mermaid!

 

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Groovy!


 Pete the Cat uses his imagination to make a large box into different objects including by flattening it down! The ending is perfect: "When you want to dream of something new, thinking outside the box is the grooviest thing to do!" Very great!