Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Secret Garden

Helloooo!  How was everyone's summer?  We had a nice summer but I am definitely ready for the girls to go back to school, and they are definitely ready to go back too!  Keira will be in grade 4 and Tegan will be in junior kindergarten 3 days a week.  Then it will be just Brielle and I at home on those days. Keira and I recently read The Secret Garden.  We had a different copy than this one when we read it but when I saw this Tasha Tudor illustrated copy in the used book sale area at the library I snapped it up,for 50 cents.  Keira is 8 years old, almost 9, and I still read aloud to her every night.  She is an excellent reader all on her own but I am hoping to read to her or have her read to me as long as she'll let me.  I love experiencing these special books with her.  The Secret Garden was a bit of a tough read-aloud, what with the accents and all, but we enjoyed it.  I especially enjoy the theme of Magic in Frances Hodgson Burnett's novels - we recently read A Little Princess too.  

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Bed knobs and Broomsticks

My blog is 3 years old this month!  I did a lot more blog posts in the first year of blogging and I hope I can start to blog a little more often than I have this year so far!  Almost all of my blog posts have been about books that I own, but this one is not.  I found this Little Golden Boom of Bedknobs and Broomsticks at a children's indoor play centre a few months ago.  It was in a basket in their reading area, and hopefully I did not weird anyone out as I sat there taking pictures of the book!  I love the movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks and watched it with my oldest daughter for the first time a few months back.  Anyone else like Disney movies that are a little more obscure?

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.