Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Giggles Galore!

The kids' new love is Knock Knock jokes, but they don't exactly "get" them yet... meaning that any answer can crack them up really. So, a knock knock joke book for older kids isn't that engaging.

However, this lift-the-flap book — Knock, Knock! Who's There? My First Book of Knock-Knock Jokes by Tad Hills (of the Duck and Goose series books) is perfect. It cracks them up, and each joke is a two-page spread with a flap to lift to reveal the punch line. It was an instant favorite. We already own it, it's that good. And, Erik sleeps with it under his pillow.

"Knock, Knock"
"Who's There?"
"Luke"
"Luke, who?"
"Look out below!"
"Yikes!" (as a duck comes flying out of the sky...)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Book Bag: April

I love the story my friend Susan tells about her niece; seeing all the dandelions in Susan's yard (gone to seed) the sweet girl gasped in delight and said, "Aunt Susan! You have a WISH Garden!!"

Madeline shares this delight for dandelions (don't most little girls?) so Dandelions: Star in the Grass is the perfect read for us! It's going on our "to own" list... We're also loving Ladybug Girl, and Cowboy Kate and Cocoa (again - the first go-round on these was about 9 months ago), and a whole passel of new books too. (Books beloved by my babes are marked with ****)

  1. Dandelions : stars in the grass / Mia Posada.****
  2. Ernie dances to the didgeridoo : for the children of Gunbalanya / Alison Lester
  3. Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy / David Soman****Ladybug Girl organizes a Bug Squad, and saves the day!
  4. Ladybug Girl / David Soman**** The original and best - we love this tale of imaginative solo play and she's a tough little gal!
  5. Gardening with kids / Sharon MacLatchie.
  6. Bugs up close / Diane Swanson
  7. Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa : rain or shine / Erica Silverman****
  8. Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa : school days / Erica Silverman**** Mads' faves since she was two - horses, a ranch and a cowgirl, how could you go wrong??
  9. Bugs : poems about creeping things / David L. Harrison
  10. Why do we see rainbows? / Melissa Stewart.
  11. Pretend soup and other real recipes : a cookbook for preschoolers & up / Mollie Katzen****Cooking fun in the kitchen with Mama!
  12. Skunk's spring surprise / Lesléa Newman
  13. The happy day / Ruth Krauss****Sweet, simple, with a surprise ending! Black and white with a touch of color on the last page (filled with animals too).
  14. The wish / Elle van Lieshout
  15. Counting in the garden / Kim Parker.****The watercolor illustrations please Madeline.
  16. Polar Polka : counting polar bears in Alaska / Chérie B. Stihler
  17. A fire engine for Ruthie / Lesléa Newman****Fave of both kids - this tale of a girl whose gramma finally gives in to her love of "boy" toys, and has a blast!
  18. Raindrop, plop! / Wendy Cheyette Lewison
  19. Cindy Ellen : a wild western Cinderella / Susan Lowell****A recommendation from Aunt Shannon that we LOVE!! A spunky twist on Cinderella. Cinderella with True Grit... how can you not love it?
  20. The gingerbread man / Eric Blair
  21. Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose / Mary Engelbreit
  22. The gruffalo / Julia Donaldson****A classic favorite for us! Clever little mouse outfoxes everyone, even when faced with a surprise.
  23. Goldilocks and the three bears / retold and illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
  24. Mother Goose numbers on the loose / Leo & Diane Dillon
  25. Goldilocks and the three bears : a classic fairy tale / illustrated by Charlotte Roederer****Loving the classics right now...
  26. The three little pigs / Paul Galdone
  27. Lentil / Robert McCloskey****McCloskey can't lose in our house.
  28. On the day I was born / Debbi Chocolate
  29. The apple doll / Elisa Kleven****Fun directions on making an apple doll are included
  30. Jack and the beanstalk / retold by Richard Walke****A great version of this story (the illustrations are really fun and whimsical).
  31. Momo's kitten / Mitsu and Taro Yashima
  32. Lemons are not red / Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  33. Perfectly Martha / Susan Meddaugh
  34. 26 letters and 99 cents / Tana Hoban
****And we LOVE the Signing Time DVD series by Two Little Hands Productions. They teach ASL is such a clear, fun, and easy-to-remember style. It's fun to have the kids learning new signs (to add to the ones they learned as babies/toddlers).
  • Signing time. Series 2, volume 3, Move and groove / Two Little hands Productions
  • Signing time. [Volume 8], The great outdoors / Two Little Hands Productions
  • Signing time! Volume 6, My favorite things / Two Little Hands Productions

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