Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Surprise Doll



An adorable Wonder Book for you all today - The Surprise Doll, illustrated by Steffie Lerch in 1949.  As I flip through it, it gives off that lovely 'old book' smell.  I love the character Mary's doll collection from around the world and also the doll that looks just like her.
  My daughters have never really been into dolls that much.  These days they play with stuffed animals , My Little Ponies, Lego, Playmobil, etc.  Tegan just turned 4 and had her Lightning McQueen themed party .  Why do they only market that to boys, by the way??  So annoying !  Tegan is also drawing (scribbling) and doing stickers like crazy these days.  Keira , age 8, is busy with reading (lots of the How to Train Your Dragon series lately ), Minecraft, and practising violin.  And Brielle , my 1 year old?  Well she basically makes messes all day long !  It's Victoria Day weekend here in Canada and I'm hoping the fireworks don't wake any of my 3 kids up!  

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Golden Egg Book


Happy belated Easter!  Look at this beautiful Big Little Golden Book - The Golden Egg Book, by Margaret Wise Brown!  Leonard Weisgard's illustrations are amazing !  Easter didn't feel very Easter-y for us since it was snowing as we ate our dinner!  But we had a great time throughout the weekend with family and friends.  My girls were so excited to hunt for their eggs.  My almost 4 year old thinks she has a handle on the situation- "Chickens poop Easter eggs."





Sunday, February 1, 2015

Retro TV and Toys for the Very Young- Cabbage Patch Dolls

Hi!  My old computer died and I am trying to get the hang of doing things on my new IPad, including using the Blogger app. I haven't done a Retro TV and toys post for a super long time and I'm hoping to get back in the habit of doing these types of posts every so often!  Here is a picture of my Cabbage Patch doll, Fern.  I got her in 1985 during the Cabbage Patch craze years.  Remember the stories about people fighting over these dolls at the malls?  My doll's real name is Gretchen Fernanda.  That's what it said on her adoption certificate.  I cried and cried when I saw the name, I thought it was so horrible!  Thankfully my mom saved the day and suggested "Fern" for short- cute, and it's the name of the little girl in the book "Charlotte's Web". Do any of you still have your Cabbage Patches?


Saturday, December 27, 2014

ABC is for Christmas







How is everyone's Christmas holidays going?  I just love the gorgeous illustrations in this Little Golden Book, ABC is for Christmas, written by Jane Werner Watson and illustrated  by Sally Augustiny.  
We had a nice Christmas Day in spite of my husband and 2 older daughters being quite sick with a bad cough and fever.  Now my husband is getting a bit better but now the baby has it.  Not good. 

We had a green Christmas this year, it's been a few years since that happened, and my 8 year old is disappointed that it doesn't look very Christmas-y outside.  At least we have electricity!  Last year's ice storm threw everyone in our area for a loop last year in the week leading up to Christmas.  At my house we were ok as we were only out of power for 13 hours.  But many people we know had it a lot worse!  
In the week coming up I am looking forward to more get-togethers with family and friends.  My husband has the week off work so I will have help with the kids all week, yay!  Thank goodness as it would have been hard to manage all these sick kids without his help!  See you in the New Year, everyone!




Saturday, December 13, 2014

Eloise Wilkin - We Help Daddy and We Like Kindergarten











More of Eloise Wilkin's wonderful work for you today - We Help Daddy - I have a tiny as well as regular size version, and We Like Kindergarten.  I feel like We Help Daddy is a good reminder to me to try to let the kids 'help' when we can, even if it slows us down.  My 8 year old has become a good helper with her younger 2 sisters.  She does not like doing chores but she does like to do special jobs like helping to bake a cake.  We Like Kindergarten brought back a few special memories of my own kindergarten class - I remember the classroom had an upstairs loft - how cool is that!  I vaguely remember being Mary in the Christmas play and being cheerily competitive with a little boy in the class over who was the best reader - we were the only 2 in the class who could read already.  I even have a sweet picture of me and a few friends at a sleepover and I am reading a bedtime story to everyone while we are cozied up in our pajamas.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Gyo Fujikawa Board Books












Hellooooo!  I have really neglected my poor blog terribly lately.  I have 3 adorable board books illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa today - Can You Count? , Sleepy Time, and Let's Play.  It's hard to decide what's cuter - Gyo's illustrations of animals, or children.  Things here are busy as usual with my own children - my oldest daughter recently turned 8 and my youngest is about to turn 1 so I've been drowning in party planning.  My middle daughter started pre-school this fall and has really been enjoying it.  And my oldest started taking violin lessons - she wants to learn fiddle style and to play like Natalie McMaster. :) We had a fun Halloween - Keira dressed up as Venus, the goddess of love and happiness, Tegan was Lightning McQueen (from the movie Cars) and Brielle was SuperGirl.  

Friday, August 29, 2014

2 Big Golden Books











2 gorgeous Big Golden books for you today, illustrated by Garth Williams and Feodor Rojankovsky.  Both of these books were published in the early 1950's.  I especially like the horse picture.  When I was growing up my grandparents had Arabian horses.  I read all kinds of horse books and now my 7 year old is starting to do the same. We're getting ready for back-to-school here this weekend.  It has been a nice summer.  A lot cooler here than the previous few summers.  My oldest is starting grade 3 and my 3 year old will be going to preschool a few mornings a week.