A thrifting we will go!

Hey Kiddos! Went thrifting this weekend and found 3 new books for The Boog! Some of them are vintage, some are not, just thought I’d share them with you :)

By Don Freeman

Ernie's Work of Art
ByValjean McLenighan
Illustrated by Joe Mathieu

Leonardo the Terrible Monster
By Mo Willems

Everyone Makes Mistakes
By Emily Perl Kingsley
Illustrated by A. Delaney

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?
By Jane Yolen
Illustrated by Mark Teague

Some great finds. The Boog and I have been out and about as of late, so our story times have gotten a bit shorter. She does love to read just before bed so I have been on the look out for special bedtime books. We usually read one book at night, however since our reading time has been shortened to make room for summer activities, I am reading 2 or 3. I can't say that I mind the "just one more book" routine. How can you say no to a child that loves to read? Anyhoo, have a terrific weekend!

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Happy Weekend to All!

Hey Kiddos, have any special plans for the weekend?

I am planning on rounding up all of The Boog’s books and trying to make them fresh and new. Her collection is getting quite serious and I just know there are some books in there dying to be sold at the shop or given away to younger family members. As of now, We have a haphazard system of organizing them. Even further, I am planning a leisurely Sunday of Baking for the husband. It is Father’s Day after all and my hubby loves when I keep his belly full of yummy homemade pastry. I do so love baking!

Here are a couple of fun links from around the web that have inspired my weekend ...

Im always looking for new things, well, old things that are new that is, I stumbled upon Graphic Spaces on Etsy. Their shop is full of just that! They sell a wide array of of "woodland" bookends that add just a touch of modern with a vintage flair. (the owl above is my favorite item from their shop but they allow you to mix and match the characters to your hearts content. These would inspire anyone to organize their books, no?

Since Father's Day is Sunday I decided to try out this recipe from Bakerella. These Brownie Candy Cups look divine! Although I have been following her blog for quite some time, I have never actually used any of her recipes so I am excited to make these. She is currently on hiatus due to a medical problem and I do wish her well!

....and sometime this weekend, between the baking and organizing, I would love to fit in this little craft via The Crafty Crow. She does "A book A craft" where crafts are inspired by a children's book. I am smitten and totally thinking, "Now, why didn't I think of that?" I am in love with art and although I have not read Chasing Degas yet, Im going to tackle this paper doll craft anyway becasue The Boog is in love with Ballet.

I'll let you know how everything turns out! Have a lovely weekend...

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On Line Story Time

So I stumbled upon Barnes & Noble today and came across a very awesome discovery. (well it's new to me anyway) They have a page called on-line story time! What is even better, is that most of these books are read by authors and celebrities! Every month they feature a new book. Now for the most exciting bit..... Some of the vintage books are read by some serious big names.

Here is an idea of what you may find:

Where the Wild Things Are
Read by Maurice Sendak

The Very Hungry Catepillar
Read by Eric Carle

Strega Nona
Read by Tomie DePaola

Green Eggs and Ham
Read by Rachel Ray

and that's just to name a few!

Visit: Online Story Time by Barnes & Noble

P.S- The Boog's new fave is Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann.

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The Sesame Street 123 Story Book

The Sesame street 1,2,3 Story Book
6 Monsters in the restaurant

This happens to be one of my favorite Sesame Street books! Seeing as though I have not one, but two copies, I decided to make one available at the shop. It features stories about the numbers from 1 to 10. It’s great compendium of counting. The count is of course counting, cookie monster meets a genie and gets three wishes, Ernie finds new ways to disturb Bert (if that's even possible), Sherlock Hemlock solves a mystery(sort of), Oscar shows you how yucky number 4 can be and that’s only the beginning! Today we are going to feature the number 6…… AH! AH! AH! (Sorry, that was my Count impersonation) I’ll work on that. In the mean time, Stop me if you've heard this one!

Six monsters walk into a restaurant....
"We'd like a table for 6. 6 very hungry monsters."

The waiter leads them to a table where there is only one single chair... after improvising a little... The monsters decide it's not such a good idea. The very thought of 6 monsters in one single chair is too much to bear! So the waiter brings them another chair...... Now there are 3 monsters in each chair... 3+3=6 but thats not good either!

Finally the waiter brings 1...2...3..4..5...6 chairs. Now the monsters can eat! Hooray!!!! "O.K, what would you like to eat?"asks the waiter.

After all that running around they end up eating the Table!

Silly Monsters!

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A Look at the Works of Maurice Sendak

Today we lost an incredible artist but his work will live on in the hearts of many children. what better way to honor Maurice Sendak than to revisit some of our featured posts about the infamous writer and illustrator. This week I'll be following up with a few works I haven't gotten around to from my personal collection. Click on any of the pictures below.....

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Sesame Saturday- Grover's Own Alphabet

Grover's Own Alphabet
On My Way With Sesame Street

So Since it's nice outside, I'm going to keep this short and sweet! I only own a sprinkiling of The On My way Series, but the ones I do own are packed with both old and new illustrations. You can see a very early Oscar the Grouch, turn the page and voila, a fresh looking cookie monster! I don't discrimminate at all between the two but I am partial to the older illustrations. The "new" monsters look a bit too polished for my taste, however, The Boog doesn't seem to notice. Anyhoo, onto Grover's Alphabet.

In his own words, Grover is a cute little furry monster, so it is no surprise that he, himself, creates a cute little furry alphabet starring.... himself!
(click on the image for more detail)

Have a nice weekend!

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Curious George Learns the Alphabet

Curious George Learns the AlphabetH.A. Rey

"This is George. He lived with his friend, the man with the yellow hat. He was a good little monkey, but he was always curious…"

So begins every story featuring the curious little monkey. This time George is curious about books and “what one could do with them.”

The general storyline starts out with George rummaging through the man’s book shelves ripping his books into pieces. "You don't tear a book apart to find out what's in it," the Man said. "You READ it, George. Books are full of stories. Stories are made of words, and words are made of letters. If you want to read a story first you have to know the letters fo the alphabet."

I couldn’t have explained it better myself! So simple and easy an explanation; now onto my favorite part of this book, the Illustrations! Both capital and small case letters are represented. Upon further inspection you may notice that the letter is also highlighted in the story itself, just so you can visualize how that particular letter creates a word. Brilliant, no?

Of course what does George do after learning the alphabet? Why, he changes an order for ONE Dozen Doughnuts, to TEN Dozen Doughnuts!

This book is such a fun read. The Boog and I received it as a hand -me -down from her older cousin. Thank goodness too! I was never into Curious George so I probably would have overlooked this one had I not so graciously received it from my sister. If you haven’t read it, and have a 3 or 4 year old, I recommend finding a copy right now!

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