Friday, December 14, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

25 Days of Christmas Stories, Days 6-11

As usual, the six year old has become distracted and no longer is reviewing, but she's still reading with me, so I can't complain too much. Here's a little catch-up.

Day 11
The Best Christmas Pageant EverThe Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great picture book adaption of the best chapter book about Christmas ever. Leaves out a few of the best points (like the pussy willow story) but covers the basics.

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Day 10
My First ChristmasMy First Christmas by Tomie dePaola
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There's no one better than DePaola. No one.

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Day 9
The Christmas Quiet BookThe Christmas Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood

A short and sweet book about quiet times at Christmas, (although I'm not sure those quiet times apply to a 6 year old).

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Day 8
How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? by Jane Yolen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's awfully hard to beat Yolen's dinosaur series, and Kate loves looking for the hidden name of the dinosaur.

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Day 7
Together at ChristmasTogether at Christmas by Eileen Spinelli
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lovely little winter story, with totally adorable mice

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Day 6
Oh! What a Surprise!Oh! What a Surprise! by Suzanne Bloom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My favorite group of mismatched friends celebrates Christmas.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

25 Days of Christmas Stories, Day 5

The Santa ClausesThe Santa Clauses by Achim Broger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I like how the people don't think Santa is real but a boy named Charlie does think Santa is real. The Santa's went on strike to Miami Beach. Charlie went there, found the Santa's and told them he believed in them.  by Katie

There are lots of Santa's in this book, and the author doesn't really explain why except that it takes that many to do the job. (And because it takes more than one to strike) But the moral of the story, that Christmas is worth the trouble if just one kid believes is a great idea. by Chrissy

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

25 Days of Christmas Stories, Day 4

The Night Before ChristmasThe Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like the pictures on the sides and the drawings. Daddy bought it for me. We read it together. I like when there's a clatter outside and a parent wakes up. by Katie

Daddy made a great choice. Jan Brett's illustrations are beautiful as always, and full of things to look at. We haven't listened to the included CD with narration by Jim Dale, but I have no doubt it will be just as good. by Chrissy

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Monday, December 3, 2012

25 Days of Christmas Stories Day 3

Jingle Bells, Homework SmellsJingle Bells, Homework Smells by Diane deGroat
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

He doesn't do his homework on the weekend. So he made a snowman for it instead. The teacher gave him half a happy face for that. I didn't like this story as much. by Katie

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Katie read this one on her own, so I can't review it, but I like the title, Mommy

25 Days of Christmas Stories, Day 2

Merry Christmas, OllieMerry Christmas, Ollie by Olivier Dunrea
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

i like ollie. by Katie

I love all the little goslings in Dunrea's work. So cute, and so bossy. by Mommy

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25 Stories of Christmas, Day 1

This year you get reviews from Mommy and Katie
How Santa Really WorksHow Santa Really Works by Alan Snow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

i like all the elves. by Katie

Excellent guide to answer all your child's questions about the guy in the big red suit. This one lasted way more than one night.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pretty pretty fall. Spotted on the way to the bus this morning.

Monday, June 11, 2012

 Drum roll please...

 Oooooh bubble wrap...

 My kingdom for a screwdriver!


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

What happens when I go to a garage sale by myself:
Button Box!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Hmmm...this is a pretty little garden. I wonder when they serve fairy tea.
Ooooh look, a fairy spa. I think I might stay awhile.
I wonder who built this lovely garden just for me.