Is it possible to check out too many books from the library? Yes, I think it is, and I believe we did that this week. I have been working on a few author/illustrator spotlight posts for Hope Is the Word, so I checked out all of those I could get my hands on. In addition to that, we checked out our usual fifteen or twenty. As a result, we did not get to read all of them this week, but no worries. They’ll make it back into our basket some time in the future, I’m sure. Here are a couple of stand outs from the week:
If your preschoolers love silly stories like my girls do, then they will positively love Parents in the Pigpen, Pigs in the Tub by Amy Ehrlich. In this story, the farm animals decide that life in the farmhouse must be better than life in the barn, so the animals move in. After the house gets a little too crowded, the people move out to the barn. Everything goes well for a while, but finally, everyone (people and animals) decide they miss the way things used to be. What makes this story so great, really, are the illustrations by Steven Kellogg. In his trademark style, Kellogg creates characters that are both realistic and humorous-looking. The facial expressions he creates are priceless. This book is pure fun!
Another book we really enjoyed this week is Shoes from Grandpa, written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Patricia Mullins. This is the story Jessie, whose grandpa declares that he will buy her some new shoes for the winter when he sees how tall she’s grown. What ensues is a fun rhyme about all of the things other members of her family give her “to go with the shoes from Grandpa.” Lulu especially liked the fact that Jessie really wanted jeans, and that’s the one thing no one gave her. Lulu loves a certain pair of faded, too small dungarees, so she can definitely relate. This is a fun and sweet rhyming story about family life and love. (On a somewhat related note, has anyone read this book by Mem Fox? It looks like it might be right down my alley.)
We’ve also been enjoying some vintage finds in the past week or so. What has your family enjoyed this week? Leave a comment or a link to your blog post. Have a terrific Thursday!