Monthly Archives: February 2012

WWW Wednesdays – February 29, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

Seven years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer– What I’m currently reading
Still Seven years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer. I can’t believe I’ve read two-thirds of it and Harrer hasn’t had a single face-to-face conversation with the Dalai Lama yet. I don’t think it’s all been a waste of time still. I’ve actually learned how important it is to pick a hard-working yak if I ever need to climb the Himalayas.

– What I recently finished reading
Nothing new since I’m still reading the same book. At least I get comfort in knowing my next book will have a much faster pace.

– What I think I’ll read next
The Sorceress, the third in the series of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott. It’s still waiting for me at the library but I’m planning to pick it up today.

My kids’ bookshelf

If you give a dog a donut by Laura NumeroffWhat they’re currently reading
If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff. Did you think Numeroff was done with her hilarious “If you give…” series? Well, she’s got a new one out and it’s as funny as the others. Hint: don’t give a dog a donut if you’re in need of resting time.
Wolves by Emily Gravett. Love it, love it, love it! A rabbit checks out a library book about wolves and happens to learn much more about their behavior than he wanted to know. Watch the wolves crawl out of the book and creep up behind the rabbit’s back. I love the ending alternative for sensitive little ones and vegetarians. It sure made my kids giggle a lot.
I Don’t Want to Be a Pea by Ann Bonwill. What a cute story! Hugo Hippo and Bella Bird are best friends but when Hugo wants to dress up at the Princess and asks Bella to dress as the Pea, their disagreement compromises their attendance at the annual “Fairytale Fancy Dress Party.”

What they recently finished reading
Bedtime for Mommy by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. I loved this book and so did my kids! It reverses the mommy/child roles and makes the child in charge of getting mommy ready for bed, having to deal with pleas for one more book, more play time, a glass of water… If your little one gives you a hard time about the bedtime routine, I recommend this story, it’s hilarious to the very end and it helps kids understand how hard they can make it on their parents.
Tackylocks and the Three Bears by Helen Lester. Tacky the penguin and his friends decide to perform the play “Goldilocks and the three bears” for the little penguins in Mrs. Beakly’s class. Things don’t go exactly as planned, especially since Tacky didn’t put much effort into the rehearsals.
The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. A Jolly Postman delivers Christmas cards to several famous fairy-tale characters. Each card is stored in its envelope page throughout the story and kids can read it like a real Christmas card.

– What I think they’ll read next
We have a lot of books waiting for us at the library but I’m not sure what they all are. I think we have quite a few on monsters, so I’m expecting some more good reading.

What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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WordPress weekly photo challenge: Indulge

My youngest turned four this past weekend. He’s officially a little man who can “do it all by himself,” as he likes to say. As for me, I feel the past four years just ran by me like a bullet train. Fortunately I have a good memory and lots of digital photos to go with it. Watching another being grow up day by day into a wonderful little person is one of my most fulfilling rewards as a parent.

I knew this weekend would be one of indulgence. Birthday presents, birthday party, birthday cake… But I think the picture below captures what indulgence is to little children. My son got a few new Playmobil toys (his older brother was very eager to try them out) and inside the box was a small flyer of more Playmobil toys.

It took my kids just a few minutes to drop all of the new birthday toys and contemplate together what new Playmobil toys they’d like to get. Children really know how to indulge!

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Indulge

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Indulge

 How do your kids like to indulge?

WWW Wednesdays – February 22, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

Seven years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer– What I’m currently reading
Seven years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer. I just started this book and it’s taking me a little time to get used to the writing style. Harrer apologizes for not being a professional writer and it shows as his prose is very factual and not too lively. I’m looking forward to his encounter with the Dalai Lama and his extended stay in Tibet though. 

– What I recently finished reading
Harlan Coben’s Tell No One. Wow, what a page turner. What a story, maybe too intricate for some, but I really think Coben pulls it off nicely, up to the very last page. A thriller with murders and mysteries full of human insight, it kept me on the edge until I was done. If you like this type of books, I highly recommend it.
The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott. I reviewed it as I was about done last week and I liked the book so much I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.

– What I think I’ll read next
The Sorceress, the third in the series of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott. It’s actually waiting for me at the library and I can’t wait to find out what happens to Nicholas, Perenelle, Scatty, Sophie and Josh. There are actually six books in this series and the last one is coming out this May so I’ll get to read the whole series in less than a year.

My kids’ bookshelf

What they’re currently reading
The artist who painted a blue horse by Eric CarleThe Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle. You can never go wrong with Eric Carle’s books and this one is no exception. It really shows kids how to think outside of the box for artistic purposes.
The Perfect Pumpkin Pie by Denys Cazet (the author of the Minnie & Moo books). The hilarious tale of Mr. Wilkerson, lover of pumpkin pie, who returns as a ghost on Halloween night to demand some good pie from Jack and his grandmother, the new owners of Wilkerson’s house. I was concerned about the haunting ghost freaking out my kids, but the nonchalant grandmother’s attitude towards him helps make Wilkerson’s character laughable rather than scary.
The Fox and the Hen by Eric Battut (a French author). Henrietta the hen makes the mistake to trade her first egg with the fox and the other farm animals help her get it back. This is quite a trying experience as the fox is very determined to eat this egg for breakfast and his cunning mind is hard to beat.

What they recently finished reading
When I Was King by Linda Ashman. A cute story about a young boy who loses his “king of the house” status where his baby brother arrives. This is a great book for the little ones  (and their parents) who are anxious about the arrival of a sibling.
Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky (thank you Vivian at Positive Parental Participation for recommending this book). A nice way to address the subject of refusing to take on responsibilities and developing some problem-solving skills.

– What I think they’ll read next
More books!  ;-)

What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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A new meaning to Presidents’ Day

Last night, as I was cuddling with my three-year old in his bed before he went to sleep, I asked him what he’d like to do the next day. I reminded him it was Presidents’ Day and although it was a Monday, there’d be no school.

It took him a few seconds to respond and this is what came out of his mouth:

“Do we get presents on Presents’ Day?”

And just for that, I think he deserves a present because I couldn’t help laughing (in a good way) at his wonderful confusion. At least his birthday is coming up next weekend so he won’t have long to wait for his own Presents’ Day.

My kids still say the darndest things…

Mount Rushmore - Presidents' Day

Mount Rushmore - Presidents' Day

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