Monday, March 24, 2014

The Very Hungry Catepillar

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle

This beloved story about a caterpillar is a favorite among school teachers across the globe because it incorporates counting, different foods, colorful images, cause and effect, and shows the life cycle of a butterfly. This is by far one of Eric Carle's most popular picture books. 

You can find games, puzzles, apparel, treats, and so many more things associated with this story. 

My son loved this book when he was 1, and so we decided to have a Very Hungry Caterpillar 2nd birthday party for him. You can find pictures on my other blog here.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Peter Rabbit's Happy Easter

"Peter Rabbit's Happy Easter" by Grace Maccarone, illustrated by David McPhail

Trying to prove himself to be a good little rabbit, Peter went out for a walk and started collecting eggs from around the community that he felt as though were "extra". He did not ask for permission. He thought that he was going to make his mother happy that he brought home eggs.

Peter was a bit clumsy and while carrying the eggs through the house, he accidentally spilled paint that poured all over the eggs. Fortunately, the paint only made the eggs look prettier.

When Peter's mother saw the eggs, Peter explained that he brought them for her. His Mother explained to Peter that even though he was trying to do something good, he took eggs that didn't belong to him. She made Peter take back all of the eggs. Peter took them back during the evening, so in the morning all of the people who had eggs returned had colorfully decorated eggs. Since it happened to be Easter Sunday, the people began a new tradition of calling Peter the Easter Bunny who painted eggs for the children in the town.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Moose on the Loose

"Moose on the Loose" by Kathy-Jo Wargin is a funny, imagination-provoking story about a boy who deals with a moose who is loose! A creative aspect of this story is that every sentence is a question.

"What would you do with a moose on the loose? Would you chase him, or race him, or stand up to face him? What would you do with a moose on the loose? What would you do with a moose in your yard? Would you ask for a ride or invite him to slide? What would you do with a moose in your yard?

Children will find this absolutely hilarious and perhaps not even with your assistance, provide you with the answer to the repetitive question: "What would YOU do with a moose on the loose?" If the child doesn't know what to say depending on his age, prompt him with an idea, and he will probably answer a resounding yes or no!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Children's Book of Music

Parents and music teachers, this DK Children's Book of Music: An Introduction to the World's Most Amazing Music and It's Creators, 2010, is an encylcopedia of the history of music and a glossary of musical terms. Included with the book is an hour-long cd of music that coincides with various types of music highlighted in the book.

This book is a resource that can be used for any school-aged child and older.

It chronologically reviews early music, classical music, and modern music introducing the reader to famous musicians, period instruments, composers, famous operas and ballets, and so much more. My husband is a musician and has given this book his stamp of approval!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

St. Patrick's Day

"St. Patrick's Day" by Brenda Haugen

Learn about some of the common ways people celebrate this holiday today like wearing green, having parades, wishing people "the luck of the Irish", displaying the flag of Ireland and more.

"An old story says that St. Patrick used shamrocks to teach people about Christianity. He explained that, just as the shamrock has three leaves, Christians believe God is three things in one."

This is a short picture book perfect for younger children. If you like this style, there are other holiday books in this series by Brenda Haugen.