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It was every bit as delightful as I hoped it would be.
Do you knit? I don’t, but wish that I did. Either way, knitter or non-knitter, you will love this book about a little girl with a very special box of yarn. (There’s a ton of yarn-bombing going on in this book–and I can’t get enough of it.)
Later, she moves to America and makes paper cranes to send back to her grandparents in Japan. The illustrations are beautiful and there are instructions on how to make a paper crane. We did not try it, but maybe one day we will.
Also, at the end, you will be really hungry for tamales. And really sad that you can’t make them for yourself. (Or maybe that’s just me. You probably CAN make them for yourself.)
Do you have a favorite “making” book? Have you or your kids been making anything lately? Leave a comment and let me know!
The 4th of July has always involved fireworks, watermelon, American flags, and patriotic songs for me. My dad used to always blast a collection of patriotic tunes through the house on July 4th, so I grew up loving these songs.
I’ve shared these patriotic songbooks before, but I thought I would mention them again because we love them so much. They are all illustrated by Todd Ouren. We were able to find all of them at our library.
I like these books because they are beautifully illustrated and are familiar songs to me. We like to sit together and just sing them as we turn the pages. I find that the illustrations engage Juliet in a way that me singing the song on my own just can’t.
Juliet and I are going to try our hand at some Independence Day crafts over the next few days, so hopefully, we’ll have something fun to share with you next week. At the very least, we will have a craft fail to share, but I’m hoping for some good results!
Do you have any favorite Independence Day books to share?
APRIL 30, 2010
The problem with being a book-hoarder is that you never quite know exactly what you have on your shelves.
I have no idea when I picked up this elementary reader Seven Is Magic, but I’ve been waiting to use it for school for Juliet. She’s seven now, so what better time than this year? 🙂
It’s actually probably a little bit below her reading level, but I think she’ll still have fun with it.
Back in November, I received a set of the We Choose Virtues parenting cards for review. At the time, we were living in a friend’s basement (eek!) and unsure as to when we would be in a home of our own.
It was a stressful few months, followed by moving into a different house, unpacking, hosting my entire family for Christmas, and then planning a Colonial birthday party for Juliet.
School has resume now, and we are back to “normal” life–whatever that means.
This normalcy has allowed me to have the space and time to use the parenting cards, and we are now on fourth week and I am loving it.
The thing that is so great about them is that they give me something tangible to focus on (the card) and a way to present the information visually to my kids. Yes, I have tried to teach them to be gentle, but now that they have a reminder hanging on the door, they are more cognizant of it.
They read it aloud from time to time (without me prompting them) and they bring it up from time to time. It also has come in handy as a gentle reminder–as in, “Are you being gentle now?” when they are engaged in a tug-of-war/screaming match over a rapunzel wedding dress/ elsa dress/purple lego car, etc.
It also, reminds ME to be gentle (or kind, or attentive, or whatever) because even though these lessons are for kids, they are definitely ones that I need reminding of for myself as well.
Well, I’m ready to admit I have a bit of a book problem…