Last week while we were at our local library, my son Z picked “The Tree House That Jack Built” for us to read together. Let me say that this book didn’t disappoint at all, the illustrations were beautifully detailed and there were so many hidden gems in each page that it took us several minutes to go over every page. “The Tree House That Jack built is read in the same pattern/tune as This is the House that Jack Built.
“Here is the Boy
up in the tree
where he built a house
overlooking the sea.
Yes. This is the tree house
that Jack built”
“Of course it’s the Cat!
He jumps on the swings,
The ladder, the birdbath.
The marvelous things
Jack made with his tools-
it’s a wonder to see
what that clever boy Jack
Thought to build in his tree.”
I dare say this is one book that will be added to our personal library soon.
The other day while browsing through the children’s section of the library I came across Kathryn Lasky books. While the name didn’t ring a bell her books were fun, well written and had great illustration. You may know of Kathryn Lasky’s series ‘Guardians of Ga’hoole’ ‘Wolves of the Beyond,’ ‘The Diaries.’ The Diaries is where I know her writing, those books are written about fictional characters always girls ages 12-16 who live during significant historic events.
Humphrey, Albert and the Flying Machine has to be my favorite of the trio that I picked up from the library. Humphrey and Albert are brother attending a birthday party from Princess Biar Rose (who if you don’t know is also known as Sleeping Beauty) when an ugly witch puts everyone to sleep making it the most boring party ever. The boys wake up 99 years, 11 months and 3 weeks later. After trying to wake everyone up they realize the only way to do so is to kiss the princess which they weren’t willing to do. Therefore they need a prince or at least a handsome man to do it for them. After interviewing many men, the boys decide that they need an interesting man because who wants a boring one? While on their way to the next village they come across a flying machine and the inventor Daniel who built it just to fly over the thicket and see the sleeping court. After helping Daniel with a larger set of wings for his flying machine the trio sets off to the castle, where Daniel’s heart was won by the princess. This one kept my 4 year old riveted while I read it to him.
One Beetle Too Many
The Extraordinary adventures of Charles Darwin
This book covers the life of Charles Darwin from a small child to an adult, this book goes on to tell the story about how he arrived at his theory of evolution as he traveled the world and studied nature throughout his life. He didn’t write his theory until he was much older even though he came upon it while still in young. While I enjoyed this book it was a bit to long for my younger children to sit through, however it was perfect for my 4th grader.
Pirate Bob is the story of a pirate named Bob whose nose ached when gold was nearby. He is friends with another pirate named Yellow Jack, he is called that because he has scurvy. The story goes on to tell us about Pirate Bob’s hopes, dreams and fears while looking for real friends who don’t just want you for your gold. This book has great illustrations.
Kathryn Lasky weaves well rounded stories that are sure to be family favorites for years to come.
Until Next Time,
As any parent knows that late naps are the worst thing ever. Why? Because it means your child won’t go to bed on time, my youngest son who is almost 3 years old does this all the time to my husband and I. We try to wake him up when he takes a late nap and we have tried everything short of pouring ice cold water on him which is just hatefully mean. It is without a doubt one of the most annoying things children can do by staying up super late after a late nap when mommy just needs 5 minutes at quiet.
Another Mommy friend suggested I get the book “Seriously, Just Go To Sleep” by Adam Mansbach to read to my son. While it doesn’t have sleepy dust for my child’s it was incredibly well written with beautiful illustrations.
The cats nestle closer to their kittens,
The lambs have lain down with the sheep.
You’re cozy and warm in your bed, my dear.
Please, just this once, go to sleep.
Until next time,