‘Cranberry Easter’ – Tuesday’s Look at THIS Book!


* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room.


Today’s great book: Cranberry Easter by Wende and Harry Devlin (1990, Aladdin Books)

The Authors’ FUN Website:  http://www.harryandwendedevlin.com/

Time to Read: we read it just before bed

Summary:  from the website…”Mr. Whiskers realizes something must be done, but what? Just when things look their worst, his young friend Maggie comes up with a plan that may save the egg hunt, and convince Seth that Cranberryport is the place for him after all!”

Best Quote from the Book:  “Suffering codfish, Seth, these old folks are all alone.  Somebody’s got to help.  They need you!”

Our View:  I am especially fascinated right now by what I like to call “kind-hearted books.”  If there were ever a book that had kind-hearted characters in it, this would be the one – actually, the entire Cranberry series introduces us to a wonderful group of people.  There is something special and rare about a children’s book that does not speak down to children and does not create only child characters, but instead offers a story that brings generations together and instills a respect and wonder for those around us. The illustrations are colorful and interesting and will easily capture the attention of children of all ages.  From a sense of community to a sense of humor, Cranberry Easter weaves a tale of family and friends that will strike a familiar and hopeful chord with its readers.

Recipe Alert:  This series also includes a great cranberry recipe in the back of each book!


‘My Great Nomie’ – Thursday Stories with Baby Frederico

*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…grandmas!  Here is his story:

Baby Frederico was very frustrated.  It was the day before his wonderful great-grandmother’s 83rd birthday and the special homemade double-chocolate-with-chocolate-icing cupcakes that he and his best buddy Grenelda the Grasshopper had hoped to surprise her with were ruined – the middle was squishy and the bottoms were burnt.  When Baby Frederico described them as “duds,”  he and Grenelda began to laugh.  The word, among so many others, was one of his great grandma’s favorite phrases…and she had many.  They included:

You’re gettin’ pretty salty (talented).

That’s a real dud (not good).

We cooked nearly 24/7 (all the time).

Don’t take your picture (put some clothes on).

Bayjird (naked).

Hurry ever chance you get.

Pull you up by your bootstraps (growing taller).

Let’s nar up here (make some room for more people).

Is it time for a sato (tickling)?

Let’s take a minute and count those ribs (tickling)?

It scared me flat to death.

You’re a real cracker jack (smart).

Let’s get a measurement (are you taller than me yet).

As Grenelda joined Baby Frederico in making the list of her favorite sayings, they thought of all the funny things that she had taught them to do.  She showed them:

how to play tennis

how to ride a scooter

how to bake cookies using cake mix

how to catch a ball

how to hula-hoop

how to sew

how to make coconut cake

how to play the piano

how to sing harmony

how to bake fried pies

how to make chocolate/peanut butter buckeyes

how to play hide and seek

how to jump rope double-dutch style

how to play a prank on great-grandpa

The list was so long and funny that Baby Frederico and Grenelda could not stop laughing.  When they arrived for the party that night, Nomie had prepared a wonderful meal for all of the family.  They gathered around the large dining room table and laughed and told stories and enjoyed the time.  As they were leaving, Baby Frederico kissed his great-grandmother and she whispered in his ear, “You’re the best birthday present yet and I love you dearly.”

Baby Frederico smiled all the way home.