Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Book Bag: January

Erik's been loving Frankenstein stories (we found a Frankenstein toy in a cache recently...) and Madeline requested Suse MacDonald's Alphabatics again after seeing it at Gavino's house. We've also been pleased with the second series of the Signing Time DVDs featuring Rachel de Azevedo Coleman. ****Our faves are marked as usual...

  1. Freckleface Strawberry and the dodgeball bully / Julianne Moore ****Love how she deals with a bully using her imagination
  2. Papa is a pirate : the biggest, the strongest, and the bravest / Katharina Grossmann-Hensel ****LOVE this one! Now the kids aren't sure about Joel...
  3. Freckleface Strawberry / Julianne Moore ****LOVE her freckles and how this one turns out. Good resolution.
  4. The end / by David LaRochelle ****This "backwards" story was silly and fun
  5. We are extremely very good recyclers / characters created by Lauren Child
  6. Alphabatics / Suse Macdonald ****Letters morph into a picture beginning with each letter of the alphabet... acrobatically (and imaginatively) - we've had this one out a few times, it's a fave!
  7. Dracula and Frankenstein are friends / by Katherine Tegen
  8. Pinkalicious / written by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann ****Love this one. We made the cupcakes again too. Fun!! And, we talked about how silly it is not to love green stuff.
  9. Do not build a Frankenstein! / by Neil Numberman ****E loves this one.
  10. Scooby-doo! and the Frankenstein monster / written by James Gelsey
  11. Ish / Peter H. Reynolds ****My fave - see previous review.
  12. Night shift / by Jessie Hartland ****Great intro to some night shift occupations.
  13. The Kissing Hand Audrey Penn
  14. Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant ****LOVE Cynthia Rylant, and especially this peaceful view of a scarecrow's life. A nice look at birds too. And, beautiful illustrations.

  1. Signing time. Series two, volume 11, Once upon a time
  2. Signing time. Series two, volume 12. Box of crayons
  3. Signing time!. Series 2, volume 10, Helping out around the house/Two Little hands Prod. by Emilie de Azevedo Brown, Rachel de Azevedo Coleman Suse MacDonald****LOVE these - clear, fun, and a great teaching method - makes it really easy to remember the signs!
  4. The Flintstones. The complete second season ****A nice blast from the past, and view into how far animation has come!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

A Different Perspective... Night Shift!

We love Jessie Hartland's book, Night Shift! I love the introduction of different occupations, including... Street sweeper, Window dresser, Radio DJ, Security guard, Newspaper printer, Bridge painter, Freighter captain, Truck driver, Road worker, Doughnut baker, Tug boat captain, Waitress (at the all-night cafe), and a couple more too... Great stuff.

Wonderful illustrations full of fun details add to the story and make kids giggle, and ask more questions. I love books that are both educational and fun, especially when they can present another view of the world to my kids. Check it out!!

Friday, January 15, 2010


I had to check this out for Madeline, who is at the "I must be the best at everything and do everything perfectly" stage right now.

Peter Reynolds' Ish tells the store of a young boy (the middle child) who learns to love his style of drawing with a little help from his little sister (and initially learns to think it's not good enough from his older brother). Lots of good lessons in this one, and I was right, Madeline loves it! Perhaps because many of her drawings are "ish." And, in my opinion, absolutely perfect because of it! Love Ish!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

What Does Your Papa Do All Day??

Less than a week into the new year, I think we may have already found our favorite book of 2010. I know that sounds a tad dramatic, but really, this book is fabulous. I laughed out loud several times, and the kid adored the artwork, and I think they may now be wondering if their Papa is really a pirate too...

Papa is a Pirate by Katharina Grossmann-Hensel tells an imaginative tall-tale through the eyes (and voice) of a very clever little boy, quizzing his Papa after work. The dad (or papa) in this story tells of "rough seas" at work this day, and off the story goes as the papa lets the son in on the "secret" that he's a pirate.

No matter what the son comes up with; "But you ride your bike to work, not a ship!" the papa has a very probably answer... I mean really, making money by doing pirate shows for tourists is totally believable! Oh, and the papa met the mama (who is also a pirate) when her ship had sunk (and she swam half the ocean to a deserted island).

The papa in this house definitely needs to read this book to our kiddos—pronto! I'm certain that he'll love it as much as we do.


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