Friday, September 30, 2016

September by Helen Hunt Jackson and Anna Marie Magagna


The goldenrod is yellow;
The corn is turning brown;
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down; 

The gentian's bluest fringes
Are curling in the sun;
In dusty pods the milkweed
It's hidden silk has spun; 

The sedges flaunt their harvest
In every meadow nook,
And asters by the brookside 
Make asters in the brook. 

From Dewy lanes at morning 
The grapes sweet odors rise; 
At noon the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies--

By all these lovely tokens
September's days are here,
With summer's best of weather
And autumns best of cheer. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Busy Beavers by Lydia Dabcovich

This is a really basic book with few words and large print. But I happen to like beavers. Even though my Dad and brothers waged war against the beavers that flooded our lower fields every summer. They would schlep through the swamps to tear out the beaver dams, only to have them rebuild somewhere equally as annoying in a few weeks. 

I sympathized with the enemy. 

And I always think introducing kids to biology early is always a good thing!

See? It is made for very young readers/listeners.

Busy beavers!

Babies! Yay!

Ooh! Evil wolf.


Rebuilding after a storm. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Farmer's Alphabet by Mary Azarian

Before we start this post, I would just like to tell you that I tried to cut down on pictures, but it didn't work. I love Mary Azarian. I bought the address book made out of the pictures in this book. I am not crazy about her people as much, but in all, I love her pictures. Plus, she is a Vermonter, which makes it only neighborly of me to like her. 

The Vermont Board of Education commissioned these prints in 1980. Mary had been a teacher in a one room schoolhouse in Vermont for three years before starting to sell her woodcuts, so she had a thorough understanding of the need for beautiful Alphabet cards. These prints would make Vermont kids directly connect to the alphabet. 

In 1999, Mary won the Caldecott for her Snowflake Bentley book. She has been involved in the world of children's literature for a good long while. 

I think that these are made out of wood also make me love them more. Isn't it amazing that someone could take wood and carve it so carefully and finely to create a stamp-ish thing to make these pictures? It boggles my mind. 

Love this one!

Fat, wooly sheep

I am a sucker for Maple anything.

Isn't this one incredible?

Giggle, giggle.

Another of my favorites!

All farmers know about yawning. 

Isn't this an awesome book? I really want to own a copy. But our library has one, so I am trying to refrain...

Monday, September 26, 2016

Now It's Fall by Lois Lenski

Now it's fall--time for another Lois Lenski seasonal book! 

Sweet little leaves floating in the breeze.

And swirling in the wind

We hope fall brings some rain. We have never been so dry up here in Northern New York. Creeks that typically run all summer have dust in the bottom of them. 


Nutty nuts


Pumpkins that turn...

....into jack-o-lanterns!



Just the nicest time of all!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sophie's Squash

Happy Fall! This is an awesome book. A sequel to this came out this year, which looks fun, so I decided I should read this one before reading the sequel. I LOVE IT. Friendship, persistence, loyalty, and patience.

How can you not love a little girl who loves her squash this much?

Sophie met her squash at the farmer's market.

It was just the right size for loving.
When it was time to make supper, Sophie's mother looked at the squash. She looked at Sophie.
"I call her Bernice," Sophie said.
"I'll call for a pizza," said her mother.

Bernice was a companionable squash.


Her parents worried. They tried interesting her in other toys. No can do. Sophie wanted Bernice and Bernice only.

Occasionally her mother would make squash-icide comments.
"Sweet pea," Sophie's mother said one morning as they made blueberry waffles, "Bernice is a squash, not a friend. If we don't eat her soon, she'll get mushy and gross. Let's bake her with marshmallows. Won't that taste yummy?"
Sophie covered Bernice's ears.

But eventually, Bernice became spotted. However, Sophie was a loyal friend who wouldn't turn her back on Bernice just because of her physical appearance.
She went to the farmer's market again to ask a farmer how to keep squash fresh and healthy.
"It's simple, really," he said. "Fresh air. Good clean dirt. A little love."

Sophie could provide those things. So she tucked Bernice into some nice clean dirt to keep her fresh.

The next morning it was snowing.
"I'm sure she is warm and cozy under her snow blanket," her mother said.

To distract Sophie, her parents bought her a fish.
But she still missed Bernice.

One spring day, after the snow had melted, Sophie found a little shoot where Bernice was.
They ate lunch together with the goldfish and cat every day.

One day, she found that Bernice had two growing babies!

And in the fall, they were just the right size to love again.