The Simples Love a Picnic by J.C. Phillips (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 2014) is so much fun! It is a story of a family going on a picnic in the park. But of course, parks have lots of undesirables…squirrels, and ants, and too many people playing sports. This was a picnic trip that I could relate to: our family tends to have disastrous types of picnic adventures too. (more…)
50 Body Questions by Tanya Lloyd Kyi and illustrated by Ross Kinniard (Annick Press, February 2014) is a visually appealing book about the human body. As the title indicates, 50 questions take readers on a journey through the body, covering concepts about the digestive system, blood, muscles and bones, germs, the brain, and the nervous system. The tone is lighthearted, and the amusing illustrations give it yet another boost of entertainment. This is a nonfiction book kids like to read! (more…)
A 1959 Newbery Honor book, Along Came a Dog by Meindert DeJong is a simple story of unlikely friendship. Most of the action is between animals; therefore, there is little dialog. But despite the slower pace to the story, the author creates a moving tale of friendship and support that I really enjoyed reading.
On a small farm, the little red hen, the only poultry survivor of an attack the previous year, has lost her toes during the cold winter. She therefore cannot grip on to the ramp out of the chicken house, and the other chickens, out of instinct, want to peck her to death. The farmer is beside himself, wondering how he will keep her safe, because he has developed affection for the little red hen. As the title of the book indicates, a dog came along and hung out around the barn, unbeknownst to the farmer. Through the summer, the dog and the little red hen work together to remain on the small farm. (more…)
I love the complexities of the English language! I find it lots of fun to play with words and see where the meanings take me. I love the sounds of poetry, and the silliness that comes when words are placed in different orders in sentences. A few books from VanitaBooks provide a humorous look at idioms, poetry, and participles. (more…)
Just after my daughter was born in 2012, a friend told me in all honesty that it takes a full two years to feel like yourself again after a baby joins your family. Well, it’s been just over two years, and I feel that is true: I’m finally starting to feel like myself again, in many ways.
One way is, of course, reading. I feel like doing it again! It is hard to find time, but I finally feel the draw back to books at the end of a long day. I have watched a lot of television in the past months. It’s easier. But I am grateful that I finally feel like reading again. (more…)