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Library Loot 10/02/12

1.  The Cookie House  by Margaret Hillert

2.  The Weather by Olivia George

3.  Franklin and the Cookies by Sharon Jennings

4.  Loose Tooth by Lola M. Schaefer

5.  The Witch Who Went For A Walk by Margaret Hillert

6.  Francis Scott Key’s Star Spangled Banner by Monica Kulling

7.  The Time of the Pharaohs a Half and Half book

8.  The Elephant from Baghdad by Mary Tavener Holmes and John Harris

9.  A Year at a Farm by Nicholas Harris

10. Grandpa’s Girls by Nicola I. Campbell and Kim LaFave

11. Neville by Norton Juster

12. Gakky Two-Feet by Micky Dolenz.  I adore this book.

13. Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto

14. It’s All About Me-ow by Hudson Talbott.  I love this one, too.

15. A Stick is an Excellent Thing by Marilyn Singer

16. Little Lion by Lesley Beake and Erika Pal

17. Little Critter’s Bedtime Storybook by Mercer Mayer

18. The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare by Sam McBratney

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Library Loot 9/3/12

We’ve been working on this stack since last Tuesday, but I’m just now getting around to posting the list.


1.  The World of Dick and Jane and Friends published by Grosset & Dunlap.  I’ve discovered why these books are classics.  Little Boy can read all these stories without help.  The short word lists, short chapters, and repetition make this super easy.  LB feels confident instead of frustrated after reading these.

2.  Treasure Island from the story by Robert Louis Stevenson.  I’m disappointed in this one.  When I held it online on the library’s website, I thought it was the original unabridged novel.  This is like the little kid cliff notes.  I’m going to read it to him in preparation for the real thing, though.

3.  Tricks and Transformations by Anthony Horowitz.  Little Boy picked this one out because it has a close up picture of a spider on the cover.  It’s a book of myths that turned out to be less interesting than he’d thought.

4.  Gideon by Olivier Dunrea.

5.  ParaNorman:  Meet the Ghosts adapted by Lucy Rosen.

6.  Mole Had Everything by Jamison Odone.  I absolutely adore this book.  Mole’s journey in this story perfectly parallels my own life.  I may have to buy this one.

7.  The Yellow Kite Flies High by Cecilia Minden and Joanne Meier.

8.  Little Troll by Penny Dolan.

9.  Treasure by Suzanne Bloom.

10. Oliver by Judith Rossell

11. The Three Billy Goats Fluff by Rachael Mortimer.  Knitting saves the day!

12. The Insomniacs by Karina Wolf.  Love this one.

13. Cindy Moo by Lori Mortensen.

14. When Dinos Dawned, Mammals Got Munched, and Pterosaurs Took Flight by Hannah Bonner.  A National Geographic Kids book.

15. Bustle in the Bushes by Giles Andreae



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Library Loot 5/17/12

1.  In and Out by Leda Schubert

2.  Happy As A Tapir by Terry Carbone.  I doubt this book will be as exciting as that time at the Nashville Zoo that we saw the tapirs mating.  Longest penis (in proportion to body size) of any mammal.  The female still seemed less than impressed.

3.  Too Tall Tina by Donna Marie Pitino

4.  Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea by Tony Johnston.  Recommended by our unschooling friends.

5.  Isabella, Girl on the Go by Jennifer Fosberry

6.  Jeremy Jones, Clumsy Guy by Charnan Simon

7.  The 3 Little Dassies by Jan Brett.  The 3 pigs story with a Namibian flavor.

8. I Love My Daddyby Giles Andreae

9.  Wombat Walkabout by Carol Diggory Shields

10.Bumble-ardyby Maurice Sendak

11. All Kinds of Kisses by Nancy Tafuri

12. A Bear and His Boy by Sean Bryan

13. The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems

14. Puss in Boots by Lisa Findlay

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Taking Dictation

I’ve been meaning to blog about the last several days:  going to River Street to see the Tall Ships, losing my wedding ring, buying lunch for a sick homeless lady, and all the food coming out of my garden.

But right now I’m feverishly cleaning the kitchen in preparation for the delivery of our new stove (yay!), so all I have time to post is the story that Little Boy dictated to me this morning.

He told me he wanted to write a book, and he needed my help.  So I opened up another window and told him to let me have the story.  Here it is:


THE WOLF AND THE BUNNY as told to Daisy by Little Boy (age 4)

Once upon a time in a great jungle there was a wolf and a bunny.  And they lived forever and ever until they died.  And then the wolf wanted the bunny to do tricks like a dog.  And THEN the bunny did not do it.

And the wolf was like, “Hey do the tricks!  Do the tricks!  Hunch it!  Hunch it!  DO the tricks!  (Hunch it means Do it)”

Well, the bunny said, “Well, only if you say please.”

The wolf said “Please.”

And the bunny said “Yay!”, and then he did a somersault and a cartwheel.

And then the wolf sent a bear.  The bear said, “Why did you send me here?”

The wolf said, “’Cause I wanted you to see my bunny’s tricks.”

The bear said, “Oh I would love to see your bunny’s tricks.”

And the bunny started.  And then the bunny did the cartwheel and the somersault.

The bear said, “Yay!  That was great.”  And he clapped.

And then the bear dived into a pond for a cool bath after a nice, long day.  Then the next morning the bear found that the bunny stayed still.  And the bear thought “The other day the bunny said he would do the tricks every morning, but now it’s just standing there.”

And the bunny said, “Wow!”

Then the bunny found the pond where the bear jumped in.  He found the bear’s hairs that had come off.  And then the bunny had an idea.  He would make a straw house out of the hairs for him.  And the wolf, too.  Of course.

And then the wolf came over and said, “What did you make?”

And the bunny said, “I made a straw house for us.  Isn’t that nice?  And you can live next door to me and I’ll live next door to you.  And the bear can live across the street.”

And then he saw that the bunny made a sculpture, too.  The wolf was proud.  He said, “Oh holey moley golly geesh that is so amazing!”

And then the wolf sent the bunny to his house and then the wolf went into his house and then the bear went into his house and they lived happily ever after in the jungle where the griffins live.  And then they died while they were sleeping.  They didn’t know, they just did it.

The End.


I removed a few superfluous ands at the beginnings of sentences, but otherwise, this is the story as told to me.  He’s already done character sketches for the bear, the bunny, the wolf, and a griffin.  He’s also sketched a mouse and a fire-tailed dragon crocodile, but I’m not sure how they figure in to the story.

If I can get the scanner working today, pictures will be forthcoming…….

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Library Loot 5/1/12

1.  Dog Parade by Barbara Joosse

2.  Jackhammer Sam by Peter Mandel

3.  The Wonderful Book by Leonid Gore

4.  Martha, No! by Edward Hardy

5.  The No-Good Do-Good Pirates by Jim Kraft

6.  Pickles, Please! by Andy Myer

7.  A House in the Woods by Inga Moore

8.  You Will Be My Friend! by Peter Brown

9.  A Place to Call Home by Alexis Deacon

10.Perfect Fishing Spotby Stan & Jan Berenstain with Mike Berenstain

11. The Mixed-Up Message (a Busytown Mystery/Richard Scarry book)

12. Big Dog… Little Dog by P.D. Eastman

13. Bears, Bears, Everywhere by Rita Milios

14. Go to Sleep, Dear Dragon by Margaret Hillert

15. Survivor Kid (A Practical Guide to Wilderness Survival) by Denise Long.  This one is for older kids, but I wanted to look through it to see what’s what.

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Library Loot 4/25/12

1.  Cat in the Bag by Sara Swan Miller

2.  Go, Huckle, Go! by Erica Farber

3.  Ben and the Big Balloon by Sue Graves and Helen Jackson

4.  Just Clowning Around: Two Stories by Steven MacDonald

5. Mr. Putter and Tabby Ring the Bell by Cynthia Rylant and Arthur Howard

6.  Friends Forever by Sally Grindley

7.  Lola Reads to Leo by Anna McQuinn

8.  When Cows Come Home by David L. Harrison

9.  Magic Science by Jim Wiese

10.My Half Dayby Doris Fisher and Dani Sneed

11. Seven Little Mice Have Fun on the Ice by Haruo Yamashita

12. How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long

13. Old Robert and the Sea-Silly Cats by Barbara Joosse

14. Baby Whale’s Journey by Jonathan London

15. Miss Smith Under the Ocean by Michael Garland

16. Best in Show by David Catrow

17. I Would Like to Actually Keep It by Lauren Childs

18. An Island in the Sun by Stella Blackstone

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Library Loot 4/17/12

1.  Joe and Sparky Get New Wheels by Jamie Michalak

2.  Dragon’s Easter Egg Hunt adapted by Mae Sparks from an original TV episode by Steve Westren

3.  Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems

4.  Iris and Walter by Elissa Haden Guest

5. I’ll Save You Bobo!by Eileen and Marc Rosenthal

6.  An Annoying ABC by Barbara Bottner

7.  What Happens to Our Trash? by D. J. Ward

8.  Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit by Il Sung Na

9.  Rubia and the Three Osos by Susan Middleton Elya

10. Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman

11. The Boy Who Cried Alien by Marilyn Singer

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Library Loot 4/11/12

1.  Jumping Into the Pool  by Joanne Meier and Cecilia Minden.  This one makes no sense.  I really hate the Herbie books.

2.  Exploring the Solar System by Amanda Doering Tourville.  One of our school books this week.

3.  Little Treasures: Endearments from Around the World by Jacqueline K. Ogburn.

4.  Moonlight by Helen V. Griffith.

5.  I Wonder Why Leaves Change Color (and other questions about plants) by Andrew Charman.  Another school book.

6.  More by I.C. Springman.

7.  Prudence Wants a Pet by Cathleen Daly.

8.  A Girl and Her Gator by Sean Bryan.

9.  Jammy Dance by Rebecca Janni.

10. No Two Alike by Keith Baker.

11. Black All Around! by Patricia Hubbell.

12. Seababy by Ellen Levine.

13. And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano.

14. Larf by Ashley Spires.

15. I Like Things by Margaret Hillert.

16. DC Super Friends: Crime Wave! by Billy Wrecks.

17. Olivia and the Rain Dance adapted by Maggie Testa from the screenplay “Olivia Makes it Rain” by Michael Stern.

18. Zack’s Alligator and the First Snow by Shirley Mozelle.

19. The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches by Alice Low.

20. At the Beach by Patricia M. Stockland



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Library Loot 4/4/12

1.  Pinch and Dash Make Soup by Michael J. Daley

2.  Monkeys and Dog Days by Kate Banks

3.  The Sky is Falling (Disney’s “Chicken Little”) by Apple Jordan

4.  How Will the Easter Bunny Know? by Kay Winters

5.  Annie and Snowball and the Surprise Day by Cynthia Rylant

6.  Blue Sky by Audrey Wood

7.  Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

8.  A Few Blocks by Cybele Young

9.  Hopper and Wilson by Maria van Lieshout

10. Bertha and the Frog Choir by Luc Foccroulle

11. Fancy Nancy and the Mean Girl by Jane O’Connor

12. Postcards From All Over by Cecilia Minden and Joanne Meier

13.Wonder Womanby Ralph Cosentino

14. Dream Away by Julia Durango and Katie Belle Trupiano

15. Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by David Soman and Jacky Davis

16. Ankylosaur Attack! (Little Boy’s choice this week)

Little Boy got to share his library time this week with his 6 year old twin girl cousins, M and N.  My sister is visiting from Tennessee, so we got to show off our library and introduce the cousins to our librarians.  The girls even got some books to keep during their visit (my mom can return them later).

Of course, who cares about the library when your cousins are visiting?  They spent the rest of the afternoon putting on costumes and running around the house singing and screaming.  It was great.  They even took a few pics and videos with LB’s camera.  If I find anything interesting or amusing, I’ll post it later.


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Library Loot 3/09/12

I’m keeping track of our library books and DVDs here on the blog.

Little Boy’s stash this week includes:

1.  Homer the Library Cat by Reeve Lindbergh (daughter of Charles Lindbergh).  Cute story and illustrations.

2.  Mostly Ink and Wink (pictures by Pete Whitehead).  A first grade level reader.  Little Boy likes the characters, and likes to memorize the story and pretend to read it.  I get him to sound out some of the smaller, easier words.  Just a few.  If I push too hard, he gets frustrated, so we do a few here and there.

3.  My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems.  We absolutely love Gerald and Piggy.  LB loves to memorize the pages, then we act it out, doing the voices.  He usually makes me be Piggy and he’s Gerald.

4.  Thank You, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish.

5.  Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet by Jane O’Connor.  LB really likes Fancy Nancy.  We’ve read just about all of them.

6.  Uh-oh by Mary Newell DePalma.  Meh (I brought this one home by mistake).

7.  Me and My Dragon by David Biedrzycki.  This is one Miss Cheri (the librarian) found at LBs request. It’s pretty cute.

8.  Me and Meow by Adam Gudeon. We have cats, so I choose cat books all the time.

9.  Don’t Forget the Knight Light by Tina Gagliardi.  Another of Little Boy’s requests.  I think it’s cheesy, but he loves it.

10. Dragon Egg by Mallory Loehr.  We both love this one.  It’s a kindergarten level reader, and the words are simple and repetitive enough that LB can read the whole thing himself (with help).

11. The Avengers:  Breakout! adapted from some TV show by Michael Siglain.  I absolutely hate the TV cartoon superhero books.  They are barely written synopses of brainless superhero cartoons.  But Little Boy LOVES them, so I roll my eyes, grit my teeth, and get through them as fast as I can.

12. King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently and Helen Oxenbury.  Another request.  It’s cute.

13. Uncle Elephant by Arnold Lobel.  Little Boy likes his books, (Small Pig is our favorite) so I thought I’d try this one.

14. Pig Pig Meets the Lion by David McPhail.  LB likes Pig Pig.

15. Mr. Prickles: A Quill-Fated Love Story by Kara LaReau.  We’ve had this one before and I added it to this week’s pile accidentally.  It’s cute, though.

16. The Toy Farmer by Andrew T. Pelletier.

17. Shhh! by Valerie Gorbachev.

We haven’t read them all yet, but we’ll get to them by Tuesday.  We read 5 books before bed each night, and usually 1-3 books at various times during the day.

MY stash this week includes:

1.  Real Food: What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck.  I was hoping for inspiration and recipes, but got neither.  It sounds like heroic health propaganda in lots of places.  I guess I get tired of the “I was on the wrong militant diet and was so sick.  Now I’m on the right militant diet and all my health problems have vanished!”  I’m gonna skim it.

2.  Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell.  I know it’s a kid’s book, but I never read it when I was younger, and a friend recommended it.

3.  What We Leave Behind by Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay.  Another recommendation.  I have no idea what it’s about or what to expect.

4.  The Simple Living Guide by Janet Luhrs.  First of all, I don’t know how a book about simple living has the nerve to be over 400 pages long.  I’ve been working towards minimalism and simplicity for years, so I’m sure most of this one is preaching to the choir anyway.  I’m just skimming for fresh ideas.

5.  100 Hats to Knit and Crochet by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss.  To be honest, I’m having a hard time finding even one out of 100 that I’d like to make.  I think this one’s going back to the library rather quickly.

6.  Stitch n Bitch by Debbie Stoller.  I’ve had this one out for a few weeks now.  Love it.

7.  One Ball Knits: Gifts by Fatema, Khadija, and Hajera Habibur-Rahman.  I want to love this book, but nothing grabs me so far.

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