Pirate vs Pirate Book Review

Pirate vs Pirate Book Review

A book review by Landen This is Landen’s book review of the book Pirate vs. Pirate by Mary Quattlebaum (40 pages, 2011) *Parent’s note – My boys really thought this was funny as the pirates go tit for tat, and they boys especially loved the ending (adding plenty of “kissing” noises, lol). My daughter liked it as well but the boys seemed more “into” it, with Landen asking me to read it 3 times in one sitting.

Three Hens and a Peacock Book Review

Three Hens and a Peacock Book Review

A book review by Elijah   This is Elijah’s book review of the book Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester Laminack (32 pages, 2014) *Parents note – This book is another one of my favorites and was one that Elijah asked to have checked out multiple times, so it was purchased. After better than a year, it is still a book he keeps close to him in his room and is a favorite among the other 2 as well. While I wouldn’t say that this book is trying hard at an underline…

Dogerella Book Review

Dogerella Book Review

A Book Review by Emmy This is Emmy’s book review of the book Dogerella by Maribeth Boelts (48 pages, 2008) *Parents note- This book is an example on why it is a great idea to allow children to pick books that suite their liking, as this would not be a book I would have picked, thinking there would be more fluff than value. However, Emmy really enjoyed this book and we kept it for 2 checkout cycles from the library. Books like these keep children interested in reading and after it was said…

Ivan the Terrier Book Review

Ivan the Terrier Book Review

A book review by Elijah  This is Elijah’s (word by word) book review of the book Ivan the Terrier by Peter Catalanotto (32 pages, 2007)  “I like this book because every time they try to tell a story this dog keeps coming and going ruff ruff ruff ruff ruff (laughs). I also like this book because after the 3 pigs and the big bad wolf, an old lady baked the gingerbread boy for her husband and then Ivan scared the pants off the cat (All the kids are laughing). He eats…

Beware of The Storybook Wolves Book Review

Beware of The Storybook Wolves Book Review

A Book Review By Landen This is Landen’s (word by word) book review of the book Beware of The Storybook Wolves by Lauren Child (32 pages, 2012).  “I like the book because the characters come out, especially the Fairy Godmother because she says she wants to turn the little boy into a caterpillar and the wolf in the dress is SO funny. The funniest part is this part at the end, with the caterpillar trying to scare the little girl. I think Derrick, Cain, Marshall, Alexa, Abby (some of his friends)…

Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum book review

Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum book review

A book review by Emmy This is Emmy’s (word by word) book review of the book Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum by Lisa Wheeler (32 pages, 2004). “I like Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum so much because they are “rhymey” and the sentences are silly, like this one… Along comes a shrew… A bad mood shrew, a bad mood, how rude! Tough dude shrew. (reading from the book) My favorite part is about the big bottom bear (giggles)! I think kids, like until they are 10, will like this book, and grown-ups will like…

Thanksgiving fun for little ones

Thanksgiving fun for little ones

Thanksgiving, is that awkward holiday that most people glaze over to get to the craziness of Christmas and often is missed, especially by children. Explaining the history of Thanksgiving to a child is a daunting task, of course there is the coming together of the pilgrims and Indians, however, the story takes a very non g-rated turn after that event, not to mention that being grateful for blessings doesn’t always come naturally to a child. There are ways to savor the holiday for what it is and make Thanksgiving fun for…

Easter is more than eggs and bunnies

Easter is more than eggs and bunnies

  In a world of plastic eggs, chocolate bunnies, pre-made baskets and holidays that are over commercialized, I am sometimes asked how I can celebrate Easter with stories and candy yet keep true to my faith, but the truth is most traditions can be traced to more meaningful ideas and situations. Easter is more than eggs and bunnies, so… how do you help your family find the meaning of Easter through eggs, bunnies, chocolate and candy? In our family we try to use the commercial items to help tell a bigger story….

Library themed birthday party!

Library themed birthday party!

We recently threw a library themed birthday party for our children…yes not 1, not 2, not 3 but for all 4 of our children at once! Before I go on about the theme, I want to talk briefly about the idea of having 1 party for all of your children. Birthday parties cost money, they don’t have to break the bank, but if you have more than one child and even if the party is in your backyard, there is an additional cost to throwing each party. There are food costs…

St. Patrick’s Day fun!

St. Patrick’s Day fun!

  St. Patrick’s Day, a quirky little holiday that most associate with drinking and leprechauns, however, there is more to the day, which can be a fun holiday with your kid’s, and in my opinion, any day that you can have fun with your little one’s or start new traditions, why not go for it! The night before most holidays, and several nights before at Christmas time, I read a book, or two, associated with the holiday. I usually try for a silly, fun book and a more meaningful story, to…