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What We’re Reading Wednesday: STUCK

stuck cover

STUCK is written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. It’s a silly book about a little boy named Floyd that gets his kite stuck in a tree. As he attempts to knock the kite free, Floyd ends up getting all sorts of other things stuck as well. Everything from a ladder to a whale to a firetruck & firemen.

We have checked out STUCK from the public library a few times because the kids love it. And I enjoy reading it to them over and over again. It’s such a fun read.  (the illustrations are great too!) However, other parents have stated that Floyd should have simply climbed the ladder to retrieve his kite. Well, how logical. That does make perfect sense. However, my children wouldn’t be rolling with laughter if that was the story. Instead, they love turning the pages to see what wacky, absurd object Floyd will throw into the tree next.

I highly recommend this book if you enjoy hearing your children giggle.

To purchase, go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Stuck whale page

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What We’re Reading Wednesday: LMNO Peas

** I apparently do not know the ins & outs of blogging. I wrote this week’s “What we’re reading Wednesday” late Monday evening. And, I thought I set it up to post/ publish on the morning of Wed, Jan 9. No such luck. I just realized (on Friday afternoon) that it never posted. Anyway, here it is. Better late than never. **

LMNO Peas book cover

Harper and I discovered the book “LMNO Peas” at the public library’s toddler story time. If you know my almost 3-year-old daughter, you know she’s very active. However, she sat perfectly still and never took her eyes off the book or the librarian that was reading aloud. Apparently, she loved it. So we checked out the book and took it home to share with Lincoln. He loved it too. It’s now on our “books to own” wishlist.

“LMNO Peas” by Keith Baker is an alphabet book, but not the typical ‘A is for apple, Z is for Zebra’ type book. Instead of listing objects that begin with each letter, “LMNO Peas” features vibrant and whimsical illustrations of little green peas (with faces, arms, and legs) acting out various occupations and hobbies that begin with each letter. The lines describing the peas rhyme and just seem to roll off my tongue.

My personal favorite page: K. It says “some of us are kings” along with an illustration of a royal king in a castle and an Elvis “king” pea. So clever! Lincoln’s favorite page: U. The “underwater diver” peas splash in the water inside the ‘U’ shape. Harper loves the circus clown on the letter C page. We may have our favorites, but we really love all of those adorable little peas.

To purchase “LMNO Peas” …. go to Barnes & Noble  or Amazon.

D page from LMNO Peas book

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What We’re Reading Wednesday – Little Owl’s Night

My children and I LOVE books. We enjoy discovering new characters and stories. So, I’m going to start a weekly post featuring one of our favorite reads from the week.

little owl's night book

Last night, we read an amazing bedtime book that Harper received for Christmas. “Little Owl’s Night” by Divya Srinivasan is a wonderful story about nighttime. Unlike so many other Children’s books about the night, the focus is not on going to sleep. Rather, Little Owl shares the wonders of the nocturnal world.

“Little Owl’s Night” is beautifully illustrated. All of the woodland animals are delightful in their after-dark settings. My children loved the illustrations so much that we downloaded desktop wallpaper from http://www.pupae.com/littleowlsnight/funstuff.html

We hope you enjoy “Little Owl’s Night” as much as we do!

Order from: Barnes & Noble or Amazon.

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My one word 2013

I always make a list of resolutions for the New Year.  And I stick to them…. for about 2-3 weeks. Exercising & eating healthy, organizing & decluttering, creating a family budget… but by the end of January I’m eating a Whopper Jr & fries while shopping online and avoiding the stack of junk mail, catalogs, magazines, and bills that are piled on the kitchen counter.

This year is different. I am not making resolutions for 2013. Instead, I am choosing a one word theme that encompasses what I want to achieve and how I want to live during the next 12 months.  My one word is:

1flour·ish

verb \ˈflər-ish, ˈflə-rish\

Definition of FLOURISH

  1. to be in a vigorous state; thrive.
  2. to be in its or in one’s prime; be at the height of fame, excellence, influence, etc.
  3. to be successful; prosper.
  4. to grow luxuriantly, or thrive in growth, as a plant.

 

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What is your one word for 2013?

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January 1, 2013 · 2:26 pm