Baby Frederico Reviews! – ‘Inch by Inch’

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*Every Thursday we introduce you to another quick bedtime story (or book review) from our family’s favorite resident reptile – Baby Frederico. His backstory can be found here.  Enjoy!

Baby Frederico loves his Momma Mia and Papá Frita, his buddy Grenelda the Grasshopper, blue crayons, popcorn and…books about insects.  Here is something new:

May 16, 2014

Hi everyone,

Here is another of my favorite books by one of the greatest children’s authors and illustrators ever- Leo Lionni.  My Papa Frita has read this book to me so many times I have it memorized!

So today, let’s make a list of some of the great things I love about Inch by Inch (1960, Alfred Knopf).

1.  There is nothing like a good book of words AND drawings, all in the same place. This book does that on EVERY page.

2.  There’s a very “green as an emerald” inchworm in this book, and you know how much I love small green animals.

3.  The book is written from the point of view of a very smart inchworm. He can outwit all kinds of inchworm-hungry birds.

4. The most important part of the book is that it explains how a clever solution exists for most any problem.

There all kinds of fascinating birds in this book and the illustrations were all made using collage, colored pencil and crayon! I love all three of those things!

Reading is it,

Baby Frederico

“Another Joke a Minute!” – Thursday Stories with Baby Frederico

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*Every Thursday we introduce you to another quick bedtime story about our family’s favorite resident reptile – Baby Frederico. His backstory can be found here.  Enjoy!

Baby Frederico loves his Momma Mia and Papá Frita, his buddy Grenelda the Grasshopper, blue crayons, popcorn and…Emily Dabney, who is 19 today! Feliz cumpleaños mi chica!

Sometimes Baby Frederico just needs a good joke or two (or seven) to get him through the week, and this was one of those weeks! Here are his favorites:

– Why don’t you ever play hide and seek with a cheetah? Because he’s always spotted!

– Why did the girl always tiptoe past the medicine cabinet? She didn’t want to wake up the sleeping pills!

– Which word in the dictionary is spelled incorrectly? Incorrectly!

– Why did the gardener plant his money? Because he wanted his soil to be rich!

– Why does Peter Pan always fly? Cause he “never-lands!”

– Where do dogs go when they lose their tails? To the “re-tail” store!

– Why couldn’t the bicycle stand up by itself? Because it was “two tired!”

Laugh it up today,
Baby Frederico

Baby Frederico, Scientist!

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*Every Thursday we introduce you to another quick bedtime story (or book review or movie) from our family’s favorite resident reptile – Baby Frederico. His backstory can be found here.  Enjoy!

Baby Frederico loves his Momma Mia and Papá Frita, his buddy Grenelda the Grasshopper, blue crayons, popcorn and…science night. Here’s his story:

From the moment his Papa began teaching his “science for kids” courses at a nearby college, Baby Frederico wanted to be a part of it. He was constantly asking his Papa, “When is science night? How much longer until science night? Is it science night yet?”

Science night was the final event of each semester and was a time for Papa’s students to create all kinds of physics, chemistry, and biology projects for kids to enjoy. There were things like homemade race cars and medieval catapults, live animals like roosters, snakes and sugar gliders, paint and liquids of all kinds to mix, ramps and balls, microscopes and magnifying lenses.

The best part, though, was becoming a Science Detective. It was amazing. Every student created their project around this one idea – how to help the kids (Baby Frederico included!) learn the ways that scientists think. There were hypotheses to discuss and investigations to consider, experiments to think through, and conclusions to make.

Baby Frederico loved this class and he loved his Papa’s students. They were slowly but surely teaching him just what it might feel like to be the Sherlock Holmes/Albert Einstein of his day!

And one day…someday….that just might be who he would become.

Baby Frederico, Poet!

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*Every Thursday we introduce you to another quick bedtime story (or book review or movie) from our family’s favorite resident reptile – Baby Frederico. His backstory can be found here.  Enjoy!

Baby Frederico loves his Momma Mia and Papá Frita, his buddy Grenelda the Grasshopper, blue crayons, popcorn and…Shel Silverstein.  Here is something entirely new:

It happened once many years ago

that there was a little green reptile by the name of Frederico.

His family called him Baby and there was even a lady

who once pulled his big toe.

Instead of a cry, he let out a giggle.

It was the kind of giggle that would make you wiggle,

and smile and laugh and giggle some more.

He often took naps with his grandpa (who would snore)

and he lived in the country with pets galore.

He had two chickens, two kittens, and a horse.

There was even a little black puppy named Charlie, of course.

His Momma was Italian and his Papa from Mexico

And together the three would learn to grow and grow

Into one happy family by the name of Frederico.

 Yes, that’s right.  It did happen once many years ago!

There was indeed a little green reptile.  His name?  Baby Frederico.

Baby Frederico Makes-a-Movie Thursday!

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*Every Thursday we introduce you to another quick bedtime story (or book review or movie) from our family’s favorite resident reptile – Baby Frederico. His backstory can be found here.  Enjoy!

Baby Frederico loves his Momma Mia and Papá Frita, his buddy Grenelda the Grasshopper, blue crayons, popcorn and…animal crackers.  Here is something entirely new!

I’ve made a fun movie at the house with my friends.  Maybe you can even make up your own version of the story you will see here! Either way, enjoy:

 

Baby Frederico Thursday Reviews! – ‘I Am Abraham Lincoln’

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*Every Thursday we introduce you to another quick bedtime story (or book review) from our family’s favorite resident reptile – Baby Frederico. His backstory can be found here.  Enjoy!

Baby Frederico loves his Momma Mia and Papá Frita, his buddy Grenelda the Grasshopper, blue crayons, popcorn and…books about Abraham Lincoln.  Here is something new:

April 10, 2014

Hi everyone,

Here is a brand new book, hot off the press, and by one of the coolest new children’s authors on the shelf – Brad Meltzer (he even signed his book for us).  My Papa Frita likes to watch his television show ‘Decoded’ on The History Channel; I like to read the great new series, Ordinary People Change the World, that he is now writing for reptilian (and human) readers like us!

So today, let’s make a list of all the great things I love about I Am Abraham Lincoln (2014, Penguin) with illustrations by the amazing (and former letterer for Marvel Comics!) Christopher Eliopoulos.  This is a book of history and helpers and heroes and friendship and politics and growing up…in just 38 short pages.

1.  There is nothing like a good book of words AND drawings, all in the same place. This book does that on EVERY page.

2.  There’s a turtle in this book, and you know how much I love small green animals.

3.  The book is written from the point of view of Abraham Lincoln as a little boy.

4.  Abe even gives us some ideas about how to deal with bullies.

5.  Abe tells us about how many times he failed before he was elected president of the United States.  My grandma always says, “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.”  Abe must have had a grandma like mine!

6.  There is even a page of photographs from Abe’s real life.

7.  The most important part of the book is that it explains how one person can make a difference – one child, one adult.  I could even be a hero to someone!

I am learning that ordinary people can and do change the world.  Abe is a lot more like you than you might think.  If you’ll read this book, there is no telling what it will make you stand up for now….and when you grow up!

Reading is it,

Baby Frederico

‘Baby Frederico Reviews’ – Thursday Books with Baby Frederico!

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*Every Thursday we introduce you to another quick bedtime story about our family’s favorite resident reptile – Baby Frederico. His backstory can be found here.  Enjoy!

Baby Frederico loves his Momma Mia and Papá Frita, his buddy Grenelda the Grasshopper, blue crayons, popcorn and…books (can you believe it!?).  Here is something new:

April 3, 2014

Hi everyone,

This is Baby Frederico and I have an idea.  I’m so glad you have been reading about my adventures every week for nearly eight months!  Since I am now a major part of this website and my picture is showing up on facebook and twitter every week, I was thinking about something.  I like to read too, so I would like to give you a few book reviews of my own, from the very unique perspective of a pint-size green reptile of course.

This week I’ll just start with a few of my favorite picture books of all time, the books that really got me reading and excited about books.  I’ll review others in the weeks ahead.  Here we go…

1.  A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni- it stars a chameleon who finds a true friend.  No wonder I love it!

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2.  An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni – green reptiles all over this book, and it’s funny!

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3.  It’s Mine by Leo Lionni – three green frogs learn a good lesson.  This Leo Lionni guy is a rock star!

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4.  The Crows of PearlBlossom by Aldous Huxley – the snake is not nice in this story, but the joke’s on him!

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5.  Art and Max by David Weisner- two cool reptiles and awesome illustrations!  My favorite book cover, too!

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Reading is the thing,

Baby Frederico

 

 

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