Friday, August 18, 2017

Tasha Tudor--First Book of Prayers

I love Tasha Tudor! She has these tiny little books. And they are triple-y adorable because they are so tiny and the pictures are outrageously cute when they are this tiny and the illustrations for these prayers/psalms/poems are all so adorably nature-y. 

The Lord is my light and my salvation:
whom shall I fear? 

The Lord is the strength of my life; 
of whom shall I be afraid? 

Lord, teach me to love Thy children
everywhere, because 
Thou art their father and mine. 

Fruits of the Spirit

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Little Big Girl by Claire Keane

Claire Keane is Bil Keane's (creator of Family Circus) granddaughter. It isn't too hard to believe, since their illustration style is very similar. Claire Keane is also a big wig in Walt Disney Animation Studios, working as an artist for Tangled, Frozen, and Enchanted. 

This book is based on her daughter Matisse. 

This book is very similar to The Very Little Girl , except this one was written some 60 years later. 

Matisse is own chill chick though. She owns her littleness like nobody's business! 

Shoes are so much smaller when you are little.


Toddlers are their own kind of superhero. 

For all their littleness, toddlers have a large presence in life.

Do you see all this foreshadowing? In the baby aisle at the store, the big sister book? 

Baby brother!

I love her adoration!

Gahhh!! So sweet!

And suddenly, she doesn't seem so small! 

Someone told me that the easiest way for your toddler to seem like a giant is to have a newborn. So true! 

Being a big sister is important work!

Another #reallifewithtoddlers picture. 

Diaper changes with a groggy, sleepy looking Daddy.

This one...... oh my heart! I love this!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Little Pea by Amy Crouse Rosenthal & Jen Corace

Amy Crouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace worked together on three little books, Little Hoot, Little Oink, and Little Pea. All three feature characters who love to do things little human children hate to do. Unfortunately, their parents force them to do all the fun things. Little Hoot is not allowed to keep his room clean. Little Hoot has to stay up all night long with no napping. And Little Pea? He has to eat candy before he gets his beloved vegetables.   

Amy Crouse Rosenthal is almost always good for a laugh and these books are no exception! Kids love them! Reading them one after the other is slightly repetitious. So space them out a little! 

They are such happy little peas! 

Little Pea likes rolling super fast down hills.

He loves it when his father catapults him off the spoon end! 

Stories from when Mama Pea was a baby.

Little Pea had to eat candy ALL WEEK LONG. 

Little Pea hated all of it.

The typical "Eat your dinner!" argument, but flipped on its head. 

Suffering through the candy.

And finally he gets.....spinach! YES!

Isn't this perfectly adorable? I would suggest read it to your favorite little four or five year old. They will love it!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Escape at Bedtime by Robert Louis Stevenson & Illus by Gyo Fujikawa

Escape at Bedtime

The lights from the parlor and kitchen shone out
Through the blinds and the windows and bars
And high overhead and all moving about, 
There were thousands of millions of stars
There ne'er were such thousands of leaves on a tree,
Nor of people in church or the park, 
As the crowds of the stars that looked down upon me, 
And that glittered and winked in the dark. 
The Dog, and the Plough, and the Hunter, and all, 
And the star of the sailor, and Mars,
These shone in the sky, and the pail by the all
Would be half full of water and stars.
The saw me at last, and they chased me with cries,
And they soon had me packed into bed;
But the glory kept shining and bright in my eyes, 
And the stars going round in my head. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Thunderstorm by Arthur Geisert

I have always geeked out over the weather. As a farmer's daughter, the weather WAS a big deal. We used to call the local radio station to get weather reports. Sometimes we would pay extra and call across the border to Ottawa for more precise reports.

My weather app might just be my most frequently used app on my phone.... I secretly think I may have missed my calling as a meteorologist.

We are about to get a thunderstorm I believe. Or at least a rainstorm. According to the weather anyway. 

This book follows a thunderstorm across the plains. It starts one Saturday afternoon in July. 

At the bottom of each page is the day, date, and time. 

I love the precision of that! 

We get to see farmers getting ready for the storm--unloading one more load of hay before it gets wet. 

And then grabbing the clothes off the line before they are too wet to put away. 

I love all the details! 

What does a farmer do when it storms? Not much. Besides catch the leaks and watch the rain. 

We had dairy cows when I was a teenager, so even when it rained, there was still work to do. But summer days were mostly dedicated to getting hay in. Hay was important. It would be translated into a milk check that fall and winter. Without it, dire disaster, we would have to buy hay. And with the milk prices of the late '90's, that would be ruinous. I remember riding down the road at a breakneck pace one day around lunch time to get the last load of hay under cover before the rain hit. (If hay gets wet, it can start to ferment and decay faster, heating up and potentially burning down a barn. Not a good situation.) We could see the rain, following us up the road from the neighbor's farm. It hit us full force just as we were backing the wagon under the shed. It was a downpour. That afternoon, we didn't do anything. The entire family, all ten of us, came to a standstill. Some of us took afternoon naps, the highest luxury for early morning milkers. Some of us played games, read books. But we were all quiet, watching the rain. Waiting. 

I am sure that happened more than once when I was a kid, but for some reason, that day is the only one that I remember.

Storms were a big deal.  

Tossed flowers

Stormy skies, the storm moving on to another farm.

Developing into a tornado

The sky dark and looming


The aftermath.

And already, neighbors were busy putting things to right on other's farms and houses. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Macbeth #killingit by William Shakespeare and Courtney Carbone

Courtney Carbone takes classic literature and recreates it using text messages and apps. Pretty hilarious! 

Shakespeare in text form is hilarious. At least to me! 

Someone was telling me that it would only be funny if you had already read the book/play and understood it, which might be true. Still, I get a huge kick out of these books! And I can't help but think they get a lot of information across in a less boring way than cliff notes. So I like them!



There are a lot of good notes

Never shoulda bought those matching BFF kilts...

This slays me! 

Lady Macbeth is evil. With a lot of emojis.

Macbeth is listening to Justin Bieber's "Bad Day."

It was kind of a bad day. 

These witches. 

No spoilers!

Macduff asking about his family--

Ross--They are fine


Macduff--What does that mean? TELL ME

Ross--They're all dead. 

KingMD Symptom Checker

Macbeth tells his servant that his is a liar, pants on fire with emojis. 


Great Birnam Wood has checked into Dunsinane

Macbeth creates an online Survey--Were you born of a woman

Life is getting complicated for Macbeth

Macduff scored 0% on Macbeth's quiz. 

Macbeth--Well that's ironic

Macduff--You mean "coincidental."

Macbeth--Either way! I definitely don't want 2 fight u now!

It's over, Macbeth.

Pretty fun, right? I will share the Pride and Prejudice one I read later on.