Father Knows Five 4-18-14

*Every Friday we serve you an “a la carte” list of 5 unique videos, articles, ideas, etc. from all kinds of locations. (If you are viewing this blog through your email subscription, please follow the link to our website to view all videos.)  See you next week!

1. There are “Bunnies Galore” in many new children’s books this year!

2.  We received this book for Easter when our middle daughter was born.  It has remained a favorite for many years.

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3.  Anytime I can add a book that includes BOTH Charlotte Zolotow and Maurice Sendak, I’m going to do it.  This is a wonderful story:

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4.  We read The Golden Egg Book just before bedtime last night.  The very last page and line of this wonderful title in The Little Golden Books Series is worth a million.

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5.  Our list of rabbits and children would not be complete without sharing the world of Beatrix Potter.  We have always enjoyed reading these adventures together with the children and love finding just the right voice for such a great variety of characters.  Click on the poster below to go to Beatrix Potter’s wonderful Peter Rabbit website!

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Look at this Book! ‘An Extraordinary Egg’

* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique “recipe for fun” this week over on our Book Cook page…

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Today’s great book:  An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni (1994, Alfred Knopf Inc.)

Time to Read: short and sweet; bedtime; when you need a good laugh

Summary: from the inside cover…”For three frogs, an ordinary day on Pebble Island becomes extraordinary when one of them discovers a beautiful white egg.  Although they’ve never seen a chicken egg, they’re sure that’s what it is.  So, when the egg hatches and out crawls a long, green, scaly, four-legged creature, they naturally call it….a chicken!”

Best Quote:  “Alligator!”  said Marilyn.  “What a silly thing to say!”  And the three frogs couldn’t stop laughing.

Our View:  Leo Lionni is a must-have children’s author for your book collection.  He has written many children’s books and all of them are worth gold.  This funny story about three frogs, one egg, a chicken, and an alligator is just right for a quick bedtime story and some wonderful belly laughs!  The artwork is colorful and simple and the case of mistaken identity that fuels the plot of this great book will really surprise you.

Remember to visit our Book Cook page for the recipe – “Alligator Baby” – created by the kids to accompany this particular book.