Thursday, February 19, 2009

"I'm In," says the Mynah Bird

It's got a Mynah bird, a take-charge little boy with Big Plans (Big Plans, I say!), big imagination, and is chock-full of excellent illustrations, vocabulary and is a hoot to read.

The kids' newest fave is written by Bob Shea and lucky for us, I found it in the book bin at QFC for keeps!

His stinky skunk hat is fabulous too (although it isn't too obvious whether or not he "makes" it himself, but the tongue lolling out of the corner of the mouth is funny to Joel and I, even if the kids don't get it.) You gotta love subtlety.

And, I can't read this without "Bird Is The Word" playing in my head: "The Bird, the bird, the bird is the word..."

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Pink Delicious!!

When Madeline was almost two, she called Pinkalicious by Victoria & Elizabeth Kann "Pink Delicious." Although, I must admit, I wasn't the world's biggest fan of this book. I tend to avoid any books that refer to veggies as "yucky" in any way. So, I just skipped over those bits.

Fast-forward to last week when we are eating dinner and M refuses to eat her veggies. (This is my girl who adores veggies.) "Yuck! Green food!" What? I asked her. You are the one who chose these baby zucchini from the produce section, remember? Then, I discovered they'd read Pinkalicious at school. Aha! So, I got it from the library to read at home, and I have to say that this book has grown on me.
I read the whole book now, verbatim, but we discuss how silly it is to not like grapes, pickles, peas, cucumbers, broccoli, etc. And, the kids continue to adore Pinkalicious. Erik especially loves it — I think because the little brother "wins" in the end, or so E believes. He said, while chuckling like a fiend the other morning, "Duh liddle bruh-ther got the last cupcake!!"

So, today we made some fun treats, inspired by "Pink Delicious"... Erik loved his, and Mad loved helping decorate, and practicing her letters in sprinkles. And, yes, the cupcakes are pink inside too. Strawberry, but of course!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Delicious, Action-Packed, and Dynamic

We've got nearly 50 books out from the library this week, and only three are mine, so we've been busy with fun new reads! One of the kids' faves is Food for thought by Saxton Freymann, which is also reviewed on James Patterson's ReadKiddoRead site (marvelous resource for finding excellent kids' books). This site recommendation is from my friend, and fellow book-lover, Jerrie. The kids adore the inventive, bright, engaging food-as-art in this clever, and very comprehensive book.

And, Jerrie also gave me the book Picture Books by Ruth Culham, which is an annotated bibliography for teachers. In it, we found two additional faves this week: Hoops by Robert Burleigh (if you like basketball, you'll love this great descriptive and poetic book), and Many Luscious Lollipops by Ruth Heller (covers many great advectives with wonderful illustrations).

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