The Sesame Street Storybook: The Magic Apple

The Sesame Street Storybook
The Magic Apple
Verse Adaptation by Albert G. Miller
Illustrated by Kelly Oechsli

There was once a simple far boy, poor but honest as the dickens, and he worked from dawn to midnight, pitching hay and feeding chickens.

"I am poor and I am honest," said the farm boy, "but it's rough working every day till midnight pitching hay and other stuff."

Thought the poor but honest farm boy, as he leaned upon his rake,

"if I had one wish to wish for, There is only one I'd make. I would wish the trade this barnyard and this yucchy farm-boy life, for a dandy golden palace and a princess for a wife."

He was sound asleep one  morning underneath an apple tree, when he heard a great explosion that was loud as it could be. BOOM! A lady stood beside him, saying,

"Hello there, young fella. I'm your handy fairy god-ma, like the one in Cinderella."

Pointing upward in the tree, the fairy answered,

"If you pick that magic apple what you wish will come to be."

Then there came a loud explosion, and before her godson spoke, she had vanished very quickly in a cloud of purple smoke.

"I can't reach that magic apple," said the farm boy. "Not at all."

So he grabbed the tree ans shook it, but the apple wouldn't fall.

Then he got so tired from shaking that he tumbled in a heap underneath the magic apple, where he promptly fell asleep

Then his snoring shook the tree trunk from he bottom to the top and the rosy magic apple fell into his mouth- KER-PLOP!

"Glugga-mugga," said the farm boy."Argha-bargha, google-gapple."

But you couldn't understand him 'cause his mouth was full of apple.

To make a long story short, a king shows up and, as luck would have it, he had been looking fro a farm boy since the spring who possessed a magic apple. He invites the farm boy to move into his palace and marry his daughter. He even sweetens the pot by offering him his own apartment with a stove and running water! Well, how can the farm boy resist an offer like that?

The princess didn't look exactly like the princess of his dreams, but a small oversight compared to a life full of banana milkshakes and rubber duckies.

This was the first in the in a series of larger format anthologies known as The Sesame Street Storybooks.

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These Are Your Kids On Books Poster

Denver, Colorado non-for-profit literacy group, Burning Through Pages, has introduced a series of well designed posters designed to get parents and kids excited about reading. The poster, shown above, has received 10,710 likes and 9,389 shares on Facebook, since it's launch on April 24th.

"Burning Through Pages Inc. has one goal and one goal only:
To inspire a love of reading in today's youth by recommending, donating, and discussing books."

Reading time with The Boog is something that is extremely important to me. When I was a little girl, reading wasn't a priority in my household. It wasn't until my most favorite aunt enrolled me in an I Can Read Program that I became infatuated with books. I took my little tote full of books with me everywhere the entire summer! Television has all the components laid out for you, on the other hand, a book challenges you to make the story your own. These posters reflect that philosophy. :)

The posters can be purchase here.


Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More To Life

Stories and Pictures by Maurice Sendak

I watched a documentary, directed by Spike Jonze, entitled "Tell Them Anything You Want" in which Sendak divulges an obsession with death stemming from early experiences with the Holocaust, the Depression and his exposure to images of the Lindberg baby. The latter of which inspired the writing of this book and features his actual Sealyham Terrier, Jennie. It was made into a Motion Picture starring Meryl Streep as the voice of Jennie.

The beginning of this book opens on the life of Jennie. Jennie is no ordinary dog. She is destined for greater things. She just doesn't know what she seeks.....

The images above are essentially the first part of the story. As you can see the Baby meets a terrible demise by the hands of the lion..... Jennie travels on and stars in a play loosely based on her exploits... I don't want to give too much away, you'll have to dig up a copy and experience the story first hand. All I can say for certain is this, this book is on the existential side.


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If You Were Born a Kitten

If You Were Born a Kitten
By Marion Dane Bauer
Illustrated by JoEllen McAllister Stammen

A very quaint book for a nature loving child. The Boog loves nature and science books at the moment so I thought I'd take advantage of the sunny weather and post from outside today. Don't let the cover fool you, this features several mommy and baby pairings.... Enjoy!

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