March 17, 2011

A Rainbow Wish for St. Patty's Day


We love this book so much we've had it on loan from the library for 5 weeks.  My daughter just can't get enough of it!  Little Pip and the Rainbow Wish by Elizabeth Baguley is a charming tale of friendship that sparkles with the magic of rainbows on each page.  Pip is a shy little mouse who would love to play with two other mice, Spike and Milly, but is too timid to ask to join them in their games.  One day Pip sees a beautiful, shimmery rainbow and he thinks that if he could just catch the rainbow and give it to Milly and Spike they will want to be his friends.  Spike and Milly notice that Pip is feeling sad and is struggling to catch the rainbow, so they join in the chase and help him out.  Soon all three mice are working together to catch the elusive rainbow, and even though they never catch it, the three friends spend a playful, fun-filled day together.  Little Pip and the Rainbow Wish is an adorable book with a great message...friends will love you for who you are and the fun you have together, not for the things you can give them.  The shimmery rainbows and delightful illustrations of wispy dandelions, splashy rain puddles, bright green grass, and colorful spring flowers by Caroline Pedler make us so happy that spring is just around the corner! 

March 3, 2011

Rainy Day Fun

"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells."
                                                                 — Dr. Seuss

No collection of Dr. Seuss books would be complete without The Cat in the Hat.  The mischievous cat with the red and white-striped hat, red bowtie, and blue umbrella has captured the hearts of children worldwide and has become an icon of children's literature.  Who can resist the Cat and his bag of wacky tricks?  He and his rascally sidekicks, Thing 1 and Thing 2, certainly knows how to have fun on a dreary, rainy day.  His tricks can cause chaos and create quite a mess, but he always cleans up, so please don't be stressed.

March 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
                                        — Dr. Seuss (I Can Read with My Eyes Shut)

Today is Read Across America Day, a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—the birthday of one of the most beloved contributors to children's literature, Theodor Geisel, more famously known as Dr. Seuss.  We would like to celebrate this week by sharing some of our favorite Dr. Seuss books with you.

"Every day, from here to there, funny things are everywhere"

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish was my favorite book as a child and now I enjoy sharing it with my children.  With each turn of a page, the nonsensical rhymes take you deeper and deeper into a fantastic world that includes "Mr. Gump and his seven hump Wump," a Yink who "likes to wink and drink pink ink," and a Yop who likes to "hop from finger top to finger top."

"Do you like green eggs and ham?  I do not like them, Sam-I-am."

Green Eggs and Ham is my daughter's favorite Dr. Seuss book.  She would read it "in a box."  She would read it "with a fox."  From the first word, she is enchanted by the whimsical rhyme as the persistent Sam-I-am tries to convince his stubborn friend to try green eggs and ham.  The friend finally gives in and to his surprise, he actually likes green eggs and ham!  This book definitely comes in handy when trying to convince your own stubborn toddler or preschooler to try something new.   

"He can go like a cow.  He can go MOO MOO.  Mr. Brown can do it.  How about you?"

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? features onomatopoeia at its finest!  Mr. Brown has a talent for making a multitude of sounds.  He can buzz like a bee, sizzle like a frying pan, and dibble dibble dopp like the rain.  Have you ever wondered what sound a hippopotamus makes when he chews gum?  Mr. Brown can do about you?

We'll be back tomorrow with more of our favorite Dr. Seuss books!