Archive for January 30th, 2011

Recently Read to Rilla

January 30, 2011 @ 6:55 pm | Filed under: ,

The Mole Sisters and the Rainy Day by Roslyn Schwartz

I heard about the Mole Sisters at the Greenwillow blog a while back and thought it sounded like something Rilla would love. I was right. What a sweet little book: lovely small trim size, so appealing to preschoolers; soft, charming illustrations; and a simple storyline with minimal text—this can double as an early reader—that has delighted my young miss. We’ll have to look for more Mole Sisters adventures.

The Elephant’s Child by Rudyard Kipling

This isn’t the edition we read—I’m reading out of an illustrated Just So Stories—but each story gets lingered over and talked about so thoroughly that each one seems to warrant its own entry here. This one was a particular hit with Rilla: all those unfathomable spankings, and the satisfying turnabout at the end. We also read “How the Leopard Got Its Spots” but she talked all the way through that one, more interested in questions (which is fine!) than the story itself.

Chalk by Bill Thomson

Cybils fiction picture book finalist. Jiminy crickets, what art! Amazing expressions on the kids, especially when they’re running in terror from the T Rex…Rilla and Wonderboy were transfixed by this one. The magic of chalk that brings drawings to life, the dramatic turn of events, the clever solution. A wordless story, which is something Rilla always enjoys.

The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson

Cybils fiction picture book finalist. Silly, funny, sweet. Very satisfying for Rilla and Wonderboy. A rollicking rhymed text that isn’t torture to read, and the joke at the end went over big.

The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher by Molly Bang

All my little ones have been attached to this book at a certain age. Rilla’s turn now, it seems. Had to ‘read’ it to her three times today. Well, the third time she was telling it to me. Always makes me crave berries and cream.

The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren

A taste of icy northern winter for my little California girl. The tone of this book, as the tomten makes his rounds of the farm at night, is as hushed and glittering as its own snowy fields.

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw

As funny now as when I read it to Jane fourteen years ago. Rilla is at the point where she can read this one to me, which makes it even better.

Sunday Links

January 30, 2011 @ 2:31 pm | Filed under:

Meyer Lemon Bundt with Lemon Curd Filling – Tasty Kitchen

Via A Quiet Spot—jiminy crickets, I shall have no peace until I try this.

Ultraviolet light reveals how ancient Greek statues really looked

librarians are awesome – WWdN: In Exile

“On that day, the library was transformed from a confusing and intimidating collection of books into a thousand different portals through time and space to fantastic worlds for me to explore. I don’t remember her name, but I do remember that she was in her fifties, wore epic 1970s polyester pantsuits, huge glasses that hung from a long gold chain around her neck, and had a hairdo that was ten miles high. She was friendly and helpful, and when she reached out to that nerdy little kid, she changed his life. If you’re a librarian today, you probably don’t hear this very often, but thank you. Thank you for making a difference in people’s lives.”

Carolrhoda Books Blog: Publishers sell ice . . .

Andrew Karre is right: this is well worth the time to watch. Fascinating & thought-provoking look at the future of libraries & ebooks.

GeekMom » Blog Archive » Katherine Ellison’s Latest: A Must-Read for Parents Dealing With Attention Issues

The Bookworm: Space Walk

An app recommendation; sounds like one to check out.

pages turned: A progression for newbies to Rebecca West

In the Schoolroom – as cozy as spring

Valentine craft to maybe try?

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