Valentine evening my daughter had her physics project partner over to work along with Gary, on designing their Catapult - they will be having a contest on Friday to see how far everyone can get their catapult or trebuchet to launch. Sarah really loves her physics class and is looking forward to this project.
Spring is definitely around the corner, two bulbs have just blossomed in my front yard, always nice to see the color returning to my garden. A little dwarf iris and a clump of Narcissus.
Today I thought I would share about a four of my favorite children's books. I just love children's literature, and can't visit the bookstore without a stop to the children's section to see what new wonderful stories are out and what old classics I can find. Here I the four I chose to talk about today.
I'll start with my oldest favorite in this group- A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond I have loved Paddington Bear stories since I was a child. This story introduces the reader to Paddington Bear, who emigrated to London from Darkest Peru, where he used to live with his Aunt Lucy, but she now lives in a home for retired bears. Paddington has a little tag around his neck that say Please Look After This Bear, and loves to eat Marmalade (so do I). He is found by the Brown family at Paddington station, and they bring him home and name him Paddington after the station where they found him. Paddington is a sweet little bear, but gets into all sorts of troubles and mishaps, making him, in my opinion, all the more endearing.
Paddington stories are wonderful chapter stories for children starting out with chapter books, and also make a great book to read to a younger child for story time. I loved Paddington so much, I decorated my children's nursery in Paddington Bear when they were babies. It would be very fun to have a Paddington Story time, then serve Marmalade on toast.
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The next book I thought I would review is Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle written by Betty MacDonald. I first read Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle stories when my children were in grade school, and we all really enjoyed these fun stories that were written in the 1950's. Mrs. Piggle -Wiggle is a kind old woman, who loves and understands children, whenever parents are having a struggle with their children's bad behavior they can call on Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle for a cure. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has an old sea chest full of magical cures for children, that was left to her by her husband, a pirate- Cures such as leadership pills, or crybaby tonic, or show off powder. All of these cures have an interesting way of curing the behavior problem. These are fun, read aloud stories, and a nice way to discuss behavior issues as well. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle stories are great for 1st- 3rd grade story time.
This is such a nice story about community effort and working together, I just love it. The illustrations are beautiful and sweet. A wonderful story for any children's library.
The story starts with the Ox-Cart man loading up his wagon with all of the bounty that him and his family have made or grown on the farm all year that was left over. Things like extra wool, a shawl his wife made, mittens his daughter made, candles they made, linen from flax they grew, shingles he split himself, birch brooms his son carved, various produce, goose feathers, maple, honey etc. He loads it all up in his wagon pulled by his ox, and walks with it all the way to town for ten days. He sells all his goods, including the wagon, ox yolk and harness, and even the ox who he kisses goodbye on the nose. He uses some of the money to buy an iron kettle, some new sewing needles for his daughter, a new knife for his son, and two pounds of wintergreen peppermint candies. He then makes the long journey home with his new purchases and left over coins. He returns home to his family who is eager to see him, they have a nice supper cooked in the new kettle, and a candy treat for dessert. Then they all start to work, the daughter sewing, the son whittling, the man stitching a new harness for the young ox in the barn. The story then goes through the other things they make on the farm again in the following year.
Wonderful illustrations of New England style country-side and towns, wonderful description of the farming year. A nice simple story, describing the seasons and cycle of the year, wonderful book to share, just as enjoyable for the adult to read as it is for the child listening. I just love this book.
All of these books would be great additions to a children's book collection and perfect to check out if you spot them in the library!
Hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day! Any bulbs popping up around your yard yet?