These books come to you today from my own collection. They are old, they are fabulous, and they are out of print. But if you can find them, they are worth the search.
Stand Back said the Elephant, I'm Going to Sneeze!by Patricia Thomas. c.1973 this one is a little easier to find because of it's reprint in 1990. it soberly teaches kids to cope with the aftermath of a natural disaster... I kid! but it does describe the zany happenings to the poor animals who fall victim to Elephant's super-sized sneezes. warm up your inner thespian, you will have to read this in voices.
(the zebra after his stripes are blown off.)
Dean's Mother Goose Book of Rhymesby Janet & Anne Grahame Johnstone. c.1977 I wanted this book so desperately when I was pregnant with Parker that both Grandmas hunted it down for me on e-bay. I now own two copies. No. you can't have one. If you do ever find this for purchase, BUY IT. Just now I've been looking at it online and in 6 years the price has jumped from $20 to $150!
It's just your basic treasury of nursery rhymes, but the thing that makes it so special is the illustrations. They are just beautiful. B.E.A.utiful. I spent hours as a kid pouring over the pages. Anything illustrated by Janet and Anne is worth adding to your collection. I Know a Giraffe: A Tall Taleby David Omar White. c.1965 This gem was picked up for us by my bro Andrew and his wife Julie who spend their time sifting through used book stores. This quirky book leads kids on a guessing game about what that whacky giraffe is turning into next. And once again - love the illustrations.
You can indulge in more vintage books here on Modern Kiddo.
I like living nestled up to the mountains. I like families of deer passing through my yard and spotting rams on the foot hills when we drive to school in the morning. But I don't like not having a library. I especially don't like paying $80 to use the library less than ten minutes from my house. But I paid it. so Caden could go to story time. (apparently the library is getting wise to freeloaders and is now registering for story time.) Now to make the most of my recent purchase, I am going to review some of the books we check out.
I always go with 3 tried and true books from my youth, one for Judey, and then I let Caden peruse the shelves and pick the one that catches his eye. And so far, he has done well! Tudley Didn't Knowby John Himmelman. A most darling book about a turtle unaware of his limitations. I love the message it teaches kids - you can accomplish more than common belief. The illustrations are beautiful and the biology section in the back is a plus! I Used To Be the Babyby Robin Ballard. I know we all have read make way for baby books, but I felt this one was different. It focuses less on the displacement of the older child, and more on his new important role as big brother. With specific scenarios where he can be involved, each presented an opportunity for discussion that Caden was a willing participant in! Reading this was eery. Like Robin Ballard has been peeking through our windows, pen to paper. But Caden adored it. well, I'll be back with more goodies for you to check out with your little ones.
A couple of months ago, I took the boys to our McDonalds to eat and play. After maybe half an hour of the play land, Caden came down with very wet clothes. It always bugs me when people let their kids take food in and I assumed someone spilled a drink. Not long after a girl emerged with a pee spot on her pants. She told her family she'd had an accident. That's when I looked up at the equipment. The slide was DRIPPING. I could not have been more disgusted. I yanked Parker out of there (also wet) and we went straight home for a shower.
Before we left, I told the employees it needed to be cleaned and wondered if it actually happened. Then just today I saw this clip that made think about it:
http://youtu.be/kd66jVtQURw (sorry, they won't let me embed.)
Needless to say, I am totally grossed out. We don't eat there that often, and our McDonalds is still new and I'm sure doesn't have as many problems as these Phoenix ones do. Still - I will definitely be more cautious.
P.S. This clip is little old. No improvements were made to the play equipment, and Erin Carr Jordan has since been banned.