Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Fairy Tale Fun!

The kids are loving fairy tales more and more, and I am loving these two fabulous library finds! Fairy Tale Feasts by Jane Yolen is brimming with fairy tales from all over the world, paired with recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts, sprinkled with beautiful illustrations and excellent cooking tips for kids. Yolen even adds her own original new fairy tale at the end of the book. Check this out and cook up a Fairy Tale Feast with your kiddos!


Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osborne is a wonderful new twist on the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. It turns out that Kate and her mom are the true owners of the castle up in the clouds that an evil giant took (along with their harp, goose, etc.) and Kate uses her guts and guile to save the day!

Osborne's story is a fun, clever update to this classic, and Giselle Potter's illustrations make this book a feast for the eyes.

And, my favorite part? My daughter now says, "Fee fi fo fum, I smell the blood of an Enlishwoman!" 

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Book Bag: February

Humor (Amelia Bedelia), Fairy Tales, Classics (Charlotte's Web), and a little Julia Child on DVD amused in February... Madeline was especially entertained by the black and white segments of The French Chef, and really like the Queen of Sheba Cake and Mousse Au Chocolat. ****Faves are noted below.
  1. How do dinosaurs say I love you? / Jane Yolen
  2. Amelia Bedelia / by Peggy Parish****They are huge fans. We ended up getting many more the week after we read the first, and Gramma sent us a bunch too!
  3. E.B. White's Charlotte's web****Loved it!
  4. Kate and the beanstalk / written by Mary Pope Osborne****Wonderful twist to this tale! We always love tough heroines .
  5. Alphabeasties and other amazing types / by Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss****Wonderful book! Glorious fonts!!
  6. Roots, shoots, buckets & boots : gardening together with children / Sharon Lovejoy****Fave gardening book. We are making the Sunflower House this year.
  7. Long Night Moon / by Cynthia Rylant ****LOVE Cynthia Rylant. LOVE this book that follows the moon through the year.
  8. Fairy tale dinners : a cookbook for young readers and eaters/tales retold by Jane Yolen; recipes by Heidi E.Y. Stemple ****This is only the dinner's chapter to the Fairy tale feasts book.
  9. Let's do nothing! / Tony Fucile
  10. Martina, the beautiful cockroach : a Cuban folktale / retold by Carmen Agra Deedy
  11. Gone fishing : ocean life by the numbers / David McLimans
  12. Fairy tale feasts : a literary cookbook/fairy tales retold by Jane Yolen ; recipes by Heidi E.Y. Stemple ****Check this out. It is brilliant.
  13. The French chef with Julia Child. Disc 3, Baking, desserts, and other classics [videorecording]****Love Julia. The kids did too, especially Madeline.
  14. My heart is like a zoo / Michael Hall****Fun craft idea!
  15. Here's a little poem : a very first book of poetry / collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters****This would make a beautiful baby shower or young child's birthday gift. Famous poets, gorgeous illustrations by Polly Dunbar and collected by Jane Yolen. Can't be beat!
  16. Amelia Bedelia goes camping / Peggy Parish
  17. Teach us, Amelia Bedelia / Peggy Parish
  18. How mama brought the Spring / Fran Manushkin
  19. I can dress myself! / by Birte Müller
  20. Amelia Bedelia's first Valentine : have a heart, Amelia Bedelia! / by Herman Parish
  21. My kindergarten / Rosemary Wells
  22. Come back, Amelia Bedelia / by Peggy Parish
  23. Amelia Bedelia and the baby / Peggy Parish
  24. Charlotte's web : the essential guide / written by Amanda Li****The kiddos insisted on this. They now love Charlotte and Wilbur!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

We ♥ Tiny Titans

Awww Yeah, Titans!! We ♥ 'em!!

Erik has discovered the wonder that is the comic book, and while his first discovery was Sonic the Hedgehog, and our second was Teen Titans, I recently got two Tiny Titan collections from the library (on Miki's recommendation) and they are fabulous. Erik and Madeline adore them, and they are the cutest comics ever.

Aqualad, Wondergirl, Speedy, Kid Flash, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy, and many, many other kid superheroes (well, super sidekicks) are featured in these comics, and their daily antics at Sidekick Elementary, the playground, their tree house, and elsewhere. We love them!!

I suspect we will renew these collections the max number of times, and eventually will be visiting some comic book stores to begin the comic collection.

When we picked these up at the library last week, and were waiting in line to ask the librarian for our LeapFrog DVD, each kid had one of these and were laying on the carpet, leafing through. Another library patron said, "Now that's what I love to see! Little kids who love books!" Amen!!

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