‘Too Purpley!’ – Tuesday’s Look at this Book

* 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.

 Too Purpley

Today’s great book: Too Purpley by Jean Reidy with illustrations by Genevieve Leloup  (2011, Bloomsbury USA Childrens)

The Author’s Book Website:  http://www.jeanreidy.com/TOO_PURPLEY.html

Time to Read:  short and sweet; great for naptime or bedtime or anytime

Summary:  from the dustjacket…”You know exactly what clothes you want to wear, right? Well, you sure know which ones you don’t want…for little fashionistas everywhere.”

Best Quote:  “Too itchy, too scratchy, too stichy, too matchy!”

Our View:  This is the number one book that our 2-year old niece asked us to read with her nearly every day for two weeks while they were with us during the Christmas holiday.  By day three, she could read it to us – which is part of the magic of books like this that include just two or three or four words on each page that are directly related to the wonderful illustrations of the little girl that takes the starring role in this story.  Our little one was reading it for herself in no time and that makes for a great, early success in bringing children along as lifetime readers.  Regarding the topic of clothes in this book, I remember when our girls were little that one of the great opportunities we had as parents to help them learn to make decisions and choose wisely was in allowing them to choose what they wanted to wear.  Depending upon the activities of certain days (church, park, school, around the house, outside in the dirt and mud, etc.) , we had in mind what we would prefer they wear, so we would give them two different outfits to choose from, and that helped us all.  Other times, it was just a matter of their mood as to what they wanted to wear, and that is where Too Purpley shines!  We all feel this way at one time or another, whether we are young or old, and this book just gives words and ideas to that very topic.  The colorful pages are exceptionally bright and cheery and often funny, while the text is short and sweet and makes for an easy read that concludes with a decision and a smile.  Don’t miss this one!

Remember to visit our Book Cook page for the recipe – “Too Purpley Cows “ – created by the kids to accompany this particular book.

‘Pat the Christmas Bunny’ – Look at this Book!

* 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.  To celebrate the holiday season, we will review a great Christmas book every Tuesday this month!

 Pat bunny

Today’s great book:  Pat the Christmas Bunny by Edith Kunhardt (1999, Golden Books)

Time to Read:  short and sweet, especially for a Christmas baby; great for naptime or anytime

Summary:  from the back of the book…”Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt is recognized by leading educators as the most important first book for a baby’s early development.  Its unique interactive and sensory approach helps stimulate a baby’s developing mind.  In this companion to Dorthy Kunhardt’s Pat the Bunny, Paula and Judy are getting ready for Christmas.  Toddlers can join in the fun by helping them write a list for Santa, smell a candy cane, and even ride on a toboggan!  All nine activities will fascinate your little one.”

Best Quote:  “But we’re so excited that we can’t fall asleep.” (our favorite interactive page too!)

Our View:  For a while now, we’ve been wanting to include a book review for those with babies and so to celebrate our first ever month-long “Look at this Book!,” we have decided to begin the month with the kid’s first Christmas book favorite.  Pat the Christmas Bunny is that book.  Claire was 11-months old when she received this book from us to celebrate her first Christmas.  The interactive style and the simple words and pictures, along with the small format of the book, is just right for little hands.  The sensory aspects of this story make it a perfectly developmentally appropriate work for young ones and the short story is just right for tired parents.  The original Pat the Bunny was first published in 1940 and has now sold more than 7 million copies worldwide.  Random House includes a wonderful website dedicated to the history of the story and includes this comment:  “The history of pat the bunny has shaped its way into becoming one of the most recognized classic children’s books today. The success of the entire collection can be attributed to Dorothy and Edith Kunhardt, as they created these books with love and consideration to the joy and interaction that child and parent would get by reading these books together.”  You can visit the website at http://www.randomhouse.com/golden/patthebunny/story.html

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

Reading for One

Greyson Moore 1

I am so glad we were invited to a family birthday party for Greyson Moore. He’s a little boy who just turned one year old. Full of energy and curiosity and happy with the kind of smile that makes you somehow feel better about life in general, we really enjoyed this party.

As his mom and dad set the many presents around him at the center of the living room floor, we all gathered to watch him enjoy this “toy extravaganza” rite of passage. What happened next though really surprised me.  His mother could barely get him to unwrap the gifts because he was so intrigued with each of the birthday cards!

What surprises me is that I was actually one of the adults who had suggested that buying a birthday card for a one-year old is surely nothing more than a Hallmark scheme.  I was wrong and I was intrigued to see this little boy so entranced with holding these cards in his hands just like he was holding a book, and acting as though he was reading them.

Here’s what I’m thinking – Greyson has a family who not only reads to him but reads to themselves.  He is watching and learning how to hold a book, how to look at a book, and eventually he will find that reading a book is as natural as walking and talking.

So here’s to books and birthdays and big families and (I can’t believe I am about to type this) Hallmark cards for toddlers!

Greyson Moore 2

P.S. As I was finishing up this post late last week, my wife’s good friend sent us a photo of her little girl, Alleeah (a little more than a year old) who had been “reading to herself” in her crib that morning.  I love people who read before they can read!!!

Alleeah reading