a booklist

March 30, 2012

Hippo! No, Rhino by Jeff Newman
This is basically a wordless book--the story is told mostly through the illustrations, but there are a few words here and there--mostly from an angry rhino who is mislabeled as a hippo. The illustrations are very fun and it made us giggle.

Oma's Quilt by Paulette Bourgeois

I'd like to own a copy of this book. It's just beautiful. Oma is moving into a retirement home and her granddaughter helps her with the transition my making her a quilt of all her favorite things from her old house--her old kitchen curtains, the dress her daughter wore to her first piano recital, her husband's work shirt, the blanket her granddaughter was wrapped in the day she was born, etc. It also introduced Juliet to the word "nincompoop" which shot it straight up to the "most requested book" list that week.

The Lady with the Ship on Her Head by Deborah Nourse Lattimore

I am the only one just discovering this book? I feel like this may be a classic, but I just was unaware, but I'll share it anyways in case someone else has missed it, too. Set in the days of powdered wigs and fancy dresses (18th century France), Madame Pompenstance tries to find a creative idea for the "best headress" contest at the upcoming ball. A mini-ship lands on her head without her knowing and the story unfurls after that. Juliet was completely fascinated by this one--I found her looking at it several times on her own--just lost in the illustrations.

Mannie and the Long Brave Day by Martine Murray and Sally Rippin

This book reminded me of Juliet at around age 3.5 to 4. Mannie goes on an imaginative adventure with her stuffed friends and a doll. The names for the animals, the costume she wears--everything just reminded me of my imaginative little girl. Even though Juliet is older (yet still quite imaginative!) she loved the story and the illustrations.

Red Wagon by Renata Liwska

Another celebration of the power of the imagination, this book follows a little girl and her adventures with her wagon. I particularly enjoyed the illustrations in this one.

What books are you loving this week?

PS, I have to mention that I have an AMAZING giveaway coming up next week from The Plum Pin Cushion! You are going to love what she has up for grabs. Head over to her facebook page now and like it to get a head start for next week. :)

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