thumbprint turkeys–writing our sponsored kids

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My friend Amanda recently started a monthly link-up at her blog Impress Your Kids. It’s called Impress Your Sponsored Kids and it’s goal is to help people (like me) who are not so great at consistently writing to their sponsored kids.

We sponsor children through Compassion International and try to write as often as we can, but sometimes those letters sit there on my kitchen counter for a long time before I get them in the mail. Since Juliet is getting old enough to participate in the communication process (she can’t write yet, but she is learning her letters), I want her to get into the habit of writing a letter each month with me.

So far this link-up has been just the thing I needed to keep me accountable! We wrote letters last month and again this month. I thought it would be fun to share a little bit about Thanksgiving with our friends who live in Africa and South America.

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So we went with the thumbprint turkey…

This has been on my list of things to do for a year now.The others like trying out a bit of trading using an automated trading robot like Fintech Ltd come second. I have been too keen to give it a try after having read the review about how it works and how it is all too easy to make some lucrative amount trading! But with the arrival of Lucia, I didn’t feel like looking up my list and seeing how exactly to make the turkey…..so, yeah. It doesn’t look anything like the original, but I still think it turned out pretty cute.

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Stamp a body, a head and then deck him out with feathers. This ended up being a two day project for us. We did the painting and then let the turkeys dry.

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Here is Juliet working on her version of a turkey. Her take is more advanced and requires much more than 3 measly fingers. Not for beginners.

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I love how hers turned out even if I can’t quite figure out which end us up.
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She made several turkeys, but when I picked this one up and asked her where the head was she said, “That’s not a turkey, mom! That’s Hawaii!”

Of course. Silly me.

Like I said, this was a two-day project. After, the paint had dried, I wrote the message and had Juliet trace the names of our sponsored kids. She LOVES doing this and always asks if she can write more for other people. We ended up making some for the grandparents, too.

I wrote a letter on the back of the card, we put them in an envelope and sent them on their way.

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I was too busy birthing a baby to write a post about this last month, but here’s a pic for kicks. They look like pumpkins, but they are apples. I downloaded the apple template from Better Homes and Gardens.

A Country Far Away

If you are looking for a good book that illustrates the differences of two boys lives in the first world and the developing world–check out A Country Far Away by Nigel Gray. It’s a great conversation starter and the majority of information comes from the illustrations, not the words.

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last year’s thanksgiving crafts

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It’s amazing what a difference a year can make–last year, you might remember that I made this felt button-turkey for Juliet that was way beyond her abilities as a two-year old! Instead of having fun with it (as was my intention), she got really frustrated.Daniel Roberts the creator and owner of a trending online automated forex software that is used for trading which is helpful for both novices and experienced in trading. He has vast experience in business data analysis and worked for various investment firms which made him getting complete experience in this stream and developed this application.

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So I put it away and hoped it would be fun this year–and it is! She can easily button and unbutton the feathers and is very proud of her newly discovered skill. She tells me “If Lucia needs anything unbuttoned, I can do it for her!”
We also had fun with these nature-inspired turkeys…
 and did had a blast with the traditional handprint turkey activity
while reading our very favorite turkey book, Setting the Turkeys Free
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What’s your favorite turkey book?

kids thanksgiving craft: paper tube turkeys

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Okay, so I’m excited about this craft because it is the first time I’ve ever used an old craft and turned it into a new one!

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Remember our fall owls? We transformed these into thanksgiving turkeys just by adding a few simple details. (Well, not these ones exactly–we made so many, I just chose two with orange beaks to make into turkeys!)

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First, we glued on a red wattle…
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Then we added some colorful feathers for the tail and two orange feet.

We started out using regular glue (which worked fine for the brown feathers), but I found that the colored feathers were a bit too heavy to stand up and stick with the regular glue. So, I resorted to hot glue…which worked, but also resulted in a burned thumb for me. Ouch.

However, if you are more careful than I (and less impatient), I’m sure you can handle it and not burn yourself!

I don’t like using the hot glue gun for kids crafts because then it takes away the kid part, but I had Juliet hand me the feathers in the order she wanted them in and I applied the glue and feathers, so she was still involved. Maybe you can get the regular glue to work for you!

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We’ve got a couple of nice birds sitting out for our thanksgiving table and plenty of owls left over as well.

Ten Fat Turkeys
Ten Fat Turkeys  by Tony Johnston
This is a book I am looking forward to reading with Lucia next November.

What sort of turkey crafts are you getting into this year?

Remember to add your photos to the Silly Eagle Books flikr group if you end up making these turkeys (or any other of our craft ideas) with your kids! At the end of the month, I’d love to feature your work!

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5 Books: Adventures in Mommydom

Today, Ticia from Adventures in Mommydom is sharing her 5 Books with us:

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The five series I can’t wait to share with my kids:

I have to admit, while I like picture books, my great love are chapter books. I still as an adult tend to read young adult novels (admittedly that’s because they don’t feel the need to throw in gratuitous sex scenes, among other reasons). So, I have many series or authors I’m eagerly looking forward to sharing. Here they are in order of my remembering them.

Encyclopedia Brown Box Set (4 Books)
1. Encyclopedia Brown– I loved these mysteries, and loved trying to figure out the answer before looking in the back to see what the solution was. Sometimes I was able to figure it out, and sometimes I wasn’t. There was a familiarity to the series. Every book had a case with the no good teenager trying to get rich quick off the kids; there was always a case where Encyclopedia helped his Dad, the police chief, solve a case, and there was always a case that his partner, a girl named Sally (as I recall), was able to solve. Yes they’re predictable, but when you’re a kid that’s a good thing.

Nancy Drew Starter SetThe Hardy Boys Starter Set
2. Nancy Drew (or Hardy Boys)- Another fairly predictable series. In the first chapter it will introduce Nancy and her friends, there will be a brief recap of the last book (which always got me trying to remember if I’d read it or not). Then the mystery will be introduced, and of course at some point she gets kidnapped. Now, I never much liked the newer Nancy Drew Case Files, or any of the other follow ons. I always liked the traditional ones, you know where her friend Beth was trying to lose weight, and George was a total tomboy. All that new-fangled stuff. Silly.

The Black Cauldron (The Chronicles of Pyrdain)
3. The Pyrdain Chronicles (Book of Three, Black Cauldron…..)- Aw heck, almost anything by Lloyd Alexander. He writes great stuff. Most of it is written on a 4th grade level. It’s all a good adventure. A fair amount of it is fantasy (The Book of Three and such is, great series). And, as a word of warning, don’t watch the horrid Disney movie that “adapted” the Black Cauldron. It’s horrid, it combines a couple of the novels into one, and does a poor job of it. Oh wait, they did the same thing to Alice in Wonderland. So…….

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4. The Black Stallion by Walter Farley- The Black Stallion is the first in the series. There’s about 15 of them, I think. His son then came and continued the series starting with “The Young Black Stallion,” which was actually fairly decent. I liked them, they had a fair amount of character to them, and hey how else do you learn what a furlong is?

Misty of Chincoteague
5. Misty of Chincoteague– That’s the first book in the series, the next would be Stormy, and then Sea Star. It’s written on about a third or fourth grade reading level, and I think from 5th-8th grade I devoured all of the books she wrote several times over. Oh, I should mention these are written by Marguerite Henry. And if you ever get to go to Chincoteague, VA to see Pony Penning, it is quite a magnificent sight, and you should stay to see the ponies swim back over. It’s much less crowded and you can get a much better view.

Well, that gives you five series to read with your kids someday. As I wrote this I actually thought of about another five, at least: The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, Fablehaven (just recently came out, and I’m in the process of reading), Spiderwick Chronicles (I can’t wait to share this with my boys in a year or two because it has twin boys in it, and they have swords). My husband would add in Lord of the Rings, and Ender’s Game probably. Okay, honestly I have about 3 bookshelves worth of materials to share with my kids as they get older. Some will have to wait until they’re late teens (cough) Dresden Files (cough cough).

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Thanks for sharing your picks, Ticia! I was a huge Nancy Drew fan as a girl and I look forward to sharing them with my girls someday. I think I’m going to keep my eyes open for some used copies at our local Goodwill!

5 Books: Playing by the Book

Today, Zoe from Playing by the Book shares her 5 books and songs with us! (If you are familiar with Zoe’s blog, you know three things: she recommends the BEST books, shares the most amazing and completely inspiring crafts, and ALWAYS shares way to incorporate music into the theme she’s posting on.) I love reading about her adventures with her daughters and am constantly finding new books that I simply MUST read. Today she is sharing a welcoming a new family member theme with us–perfect!Tesler app is fully automated software for investing on an asset which has an accuracy of 93% which can be also known that it places trade only when it is sure that the trade will be successful and leads to profit. This automated robot is reliable and legit which has authentic brokers so, there is no need to worry about our investments.

 
Two books I love to buy for newborns:
Look at You!: A Baby Body Book
Look at You!: A Baby Body Book by Kathy Henderson and Paul Howard  
 
Peepo! (Picture Puffin)
Peepo by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
 
Two books new big sisters (especially of a baby sister) will enjoy:
My Naughty Little Sister: A Treasury Collection
My Naughty Little Sister: A Treasury Collection by Dorothy Edwards and Shirley Hughes 
 
101 Things to Do with a Baby
 
The book that brought tears to my eyes as a new mum (and still does):
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury
 
A book that will make a sleep deprived Dad smile:
Mr. Bear's New Baby (Orchard picturebooks)
Mr Bear’s New Baby by Debi Gliori
 
A wonderful lullaby for the new baby:
Until The Light Of MorningLay Down by Essie Jain from the Album Until The Light Of Morning
 
A song about the trials and tribulations of having a big sister:
 
Snack TimeMy Big Sister by the Barenaked Ladies from the album Snacktime
 
A wry song to make the parents smile:
 
The Therapy FundThe Therapy Fund 
by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
From the Album Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer Present a Parents’ Home Companion
 
Just a gorgeous song about family, love and being together at home:
 
What Is A Home Without LoveWhat is a Home Without Love? by Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and Ricky Skaggs
 
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Thank you so much for sharing your favorites with us today, Zoe! I, of course, am going to run to the library and see which books are available and as a lullaby nut, I am excited to check out Until the Light of Morning. 
 
Please head over to Zoe’s blog and feast your eyes on her beautiful crafts and activities for kids!

halloween craft for preschoolers: bottle cap spiders

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You know I can’t resist a good bottle-cap craft…

The bottle cap stash was coming close to overflowing in its very special under-the-kitchen-sink storage area, so I thought we should make some spiders.

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All you need is some bottle caps (I like these dos equis ones), pipe cleaners, hot glue, regular glue, and googly eyes. Oh, and an enthusiastic spider-loving preschooler.

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I cut the legs and then hot glued them to the back of the cap.
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Once they dried, I bent the legs out in a spidery fashion and gave them to the eyeball girl.

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The eyeball girl then determines exactly how many eyes each spider gets. Some get 2, some 3, some 5, and the less fortunate, just 1.

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Then we let them invade our kitchen table. And we put one by the spider paste.

As for spider books, we really like:
Aaaarrgghh! Spider!
Aaaarrgghh! Spider! by Lydia Monks

Do you have any favorite spider books?

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halloween fun for kids: witch toiletries

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With the baby’s birth coming up, I am feeling the need to get a head start on some October activities and Halloween-ish stuff. Otherwise, I’m afraid that maybe we won’t get to do them. So, we’ve started the fun a bit early this year.

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First let me share the book-spiration: Witches Four by Marc Brown

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I’ve had this book since I was a kid and now Juliet loves to read it. It’s not a Halloween book, just a book about 4 witches who lose their hats. They are silly, cute witches–not the scary, evil kind. They have silly things in their house like this frog-eyed soap which I just HAD to make for us.

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I just got some green soap and hot-glued some googly eyes onto it one evening after Juliet was in bed. It took about 5 minutes. I placed it in the bathroom for her to find the next morning. Upon seeing it, she asked if she could wash her hands immediately. She then proceeded to wash her hands every half hour for the rest of the morning.

She would say something like, “Um, Mom? Do you think my hands are a little bit dirty? I think they are. I need to go wash them.” And then she would rush off to the bathroom to scrub up with some frog-eyed soap.

If I had known that a few googly eyes would inspire better hygiene, I would have done it earlier! Gone are the days of me discovering that she simply rinsed her hands with water when I told her to wash her hands for dinner!

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The next fun thing I copied from the witches is their spider paste.

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Juliet giggled when she saw it, but was not as eager to jump in and use it. She asked, “Um, what is that made of?” And I told her it was just regular toothpaste–there were no real spiders in it. Still she wasn’t sure. But I kept reassuring her that I would never give her a real spider to put in her mouth, so she finally agreed to try it.

Teeth brushing time has been a giggly event these past few nights!

Here is the image I printed out–if you want to use it, too. You can double click on the image, then right click and save it to your computer. I pasted it into a word document and then printed it out.

To make the paste, I just wrapped a mini- toothpaste tube in duct tape, and then used clear packing tape to affix the label to the front.

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What fun Halloween things do you like to do at your house?
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fun fall kid’s craft: paper tube owls

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It’s still REALLY hot here in Georgia, so it’s a little hard to get into the fall mode yet, but we’re trying.

There is a quote, “try and try again till you win at last”. It applies to all, and is very true as well. We shouldn’t stop trying unless we reach our goals. We all have goals in life, financial and economic status.

Among the rest financial goal is the one that needs more clarification and time; if not then turning those to active ones are difficult. You need to give some time and have patience, in finding ways to attain your financial goals, and keeping them realistic will help you in the long run. This will give you a point to restructure you goals, and aim for higher, expand your earning potential and stay happy!

I have been saving up some toilet paper rolls for a while and thought it would be fun if Juliet and I made some owls together one afternoon.

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It turned out to be really fun! She loved gluing the feathers on the tube and picking out the eyes and beak. The best part is that she was able to do the entire project on her own–except for cutting out the beak. I did mine–she did hers–and we had fun.

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Once they dried, I hot-glued some string to the inside and hung them from the chandelier as our festive fall kitchen decor.

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Here’s a few more close-ups of the cute little guys…
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I like a very fluffy and feathery owl.
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Juliet prefers a thinner, less feathersome fowl. She enjoyed this activity so much that she asked to make another one the next day (this rarely happens!), so she made a blue-feathered friend to join the owls.
We spent some time at Borders the other night and I found some beautiful fall books for baby that I might have to get Lucia for next year.
In My Tree
In My Tree
Here’s a little owl–I love this series of books, but don’t own any of them yet. The illustrations are very engaging and the little owl moves from page to page through the cut-outs.
Bright Baby Touch and Feel Fall
Bright Baby Touch and Feel Fall
This has beautiful images and I especially love the squirrel page that features a very soft and touchable squirrel tail!
I Love Fall!: A Touch-and-Feel Board Book
I Love Fall!: A Touch-and-Feel Board Book
Do you have any favorite fall books for babies or preschoolers to share?
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Decorating children’s rooms: Lucia’s Nursery

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I’ve made you wait long enough! The nursery is complete and we’re all ready for Lucia’s arrival. Come on in.
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It’s a tiny room, but I’m going to give you lots of pictures!
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This is the most I can get on camera at once.
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To the left, as you enter, is the changing table with the framed Thumbelina pages.
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Lamp close up–can you see me in the reflection? 🙂
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Next to that is the nursing/reading/rocking chair. I’m looking forward to many book-reading sessions here! You can also see my candle nightlight contraption on the wall.

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It’s an LED candle.
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One of my favorite purchases for the nursery is this beautiful boppy cover–it’s got cute owls on it and the back side is a soft orange minky dot! Orange is actually really hard to find when looking for boppy covers–I was so excited to find this one.
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The view from the chair. There I am again in the reflection.
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This is Juliet’s little spot. She plans on sitting in the tiny rocker to “hold her baby”. The vintage Counting Book is the first book I purchased for Lucia shortly after finding out I was pregnant.

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Reading nook with booksling and throw pillows. The fabric is very book-inspired: Rapunzel and The Owl and the Pussy Cat

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You’ve seen the buttonbeak wall art numerous times, but here it is again along with the sunshine, and mobile.
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The crib.
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bedding close-up
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In the crib: upcycled rose pillow, black apple doll, and adorable crocheted hedgehog!
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mobile close-up!
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We’re almost through!
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But first, check out this fun owl I found at goodwill! It’s made out of nails, metal sheets, and wire! I love it!
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And we’re done.
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Hope you enjoyed the tour!

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We had the crib, changing table, and chairs. With the help of my trusty can of white spray paint, I was able to reuse a lot of stuff I had in the garage from my Goodwill shopping adventures and make all of the artwork on my own.


I’m also lucky in that I am the only one of my siblings who has agreed to produce offspring. Brother A has declared that “he will not have a kid until he’s 50.” (He’s not even 30 yet…) and Brother B has stated that he’d “rather be waterboarded than have a kid right now.” So, while I do wish for little nieces and nephews, it does put my own children in the fortunate position as the sole recipients of their grandparents’ “spoil the grandkids” budget. That helps a lot when your are decorating a nursery.

The fun part (where I got to go shopping!) was in the details. Here are the sources, if you are interested:

Paint: Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray
Crib Bedding: Liberty of London Crib Bedding from Target
Curtains: Pom Pom Curtains from Urban Outfitters
Shelves: Flat Wood Shelves from Target
Gray Flokati Rug: Overstock.com
Ottoman: Bought it on clearance at Target–sorry, can’t find a link to it now!
Lamp: Illumination Station lamp from HomeGoods
Mobile: Flenstead Swallow Mobile from BabyEarth
Owl Pillow: Fong Studio
Boppy Cover: MollyAnneMake
Crocheted Hedgehog: Yarnigans
Pillow and Booksling Fabric: Heater Ross Far, Far, Away Rapunzel and The Owl and The Pussycat, Lizzy House Castle Peeps Castle Flags Orange from Fabricworm
Wall Decal: Three Weeds from Janey Mac
Letter L: Zinc Letters from Anthropologie
Storage Baskets: HomeTrends, Nedre from Walmart
Striped animals: Guatemala

I think that’s it! Hope you enjoyed it. I had so much fun working on this project for the past several months and am now just waiting for my little miracle’s arrival!


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platypus sewing project

This is what Juliet wants me to make for her….
Unfortunately, it is beyond my sewing ability. We checked this book out from the library recently and it was an instant hit.
Plaidypus Lost
Plaidypus Lost by Janet Stevens
The story is of a little girl and her plaidypus (which is a present from her grandmother).
He’s sewn out of grandpa’s old shirt and becomes a favorite companion who gets “lost” a lot. After we read it the first time through, she immediately said, “Let’s make one of those!” (That’s what I get for doing so many book-inspired crafts with her! She thinks we can make anything we see in a book!)

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I’m not really sure what my next move should be.
But I think you should go check out this book. Your kids will love it.