"Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them."
- Arnold Lobel

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Every Tuesday is Book Review Day, where I review and recommend a children's book.

Every Wednesday is Wise Owl Wednesday, where you can butter up your brain with some children's literature facts - history, milestones, trivia ... stop by here to learn a little something about the amazing world of books for the young!

Every Thursday is Literacy Tip Day, where I offer literacy suggestions for your children based upon my teaching and parenting experience.



Keep cozy this fall with a good book!

04 September 2010

Book Blogger Hop Time!

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop time is here again, courtesy of Jennifer over at Crazy for Books!

This week's question is:  Do you judge a book by its cover?

And my answer is ... a resounding YES!!!

Yep, folks, this avid reader and teacher is guilty of picking up a book based only on the cover illustration! I must say, however, that my intuition here has proven correct most of the time.

In fact, I discovered my absolute favorite series (pictured below) based upon the delicious cover illustrations!


 The Complete Wreck (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Books 1-13)



The children's novel I just finished was swiped off of the library shelves only because I fell in love with the darling mouse on the cover! (Come on, admit it - she's adorable!!)
The story was just as heartwarming as the illustration, too!


A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home


So, yes, I do judge a book by its cover ... and I'm proud of it!!

01 September 2010

Book Review #16 :: My Mother is So Smart!

My Mother Is So Smart

My Mother is So Smart!
by Tomie dePaola
Published by  G.P. Putnam's Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group
Copyright 2010


"I knew from the time I was really little that my mother was smart.  She always knew when to change my diaper.  She always knew I was hungry before I cried."


Publisher's Summary:  Moms are pretty awesome.  They know just what to do to make a kid happy and the world a better place.  They are so smart! Tomie dePaola's heartfelt ode to the fabulousness of moms is a perfect book for the whole family to share.

Mary Elizabeth's Musings:  How can anyone go wrong with a book by the simply marvelous Tomie dePaola??? This lovely book is no exception to Mr. dePaola's gift to the world of literature.  Written from the absolutely unadulterated perspective of a little boy, this book reveals the many ways that mothers are able to know every last need of her child.  Mr. dePaola's simple, yet always effective prose gives us a glimpse into the genius of his wonderful mother. 

A message of warning to all mothers:  Grab a tissue before reading this book ... you will cry!!!

I recommend this book for ages 3-8 years.


Other books by this author:

26 Fairmount Avenue (Newbery Honor Book, 2000)Tomie DePaola's Mother GooseStrega NonaThe Art Lesson (Paperstar Book)The Cloud BookThe Knight and the Dragon (Paperstar Book)



 

29 August 2010

Back in the Blogging World!



Hello, dear readers...

I'm officially back in the blogging world!

Where have I been??

Well, let's just say that August of 2010 was not the greatest month in the world for me.  My husband's dear grandmother passed away, which was exceptionally difficult on our family.  In addition, I underwent sinus surgery.

On the flip side, August marked our eldest son's start of the first grade.  He is off to an amazing year!

I can't wait to dive back into children's literature with all of you!!!! 

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