Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Tuesday's Book Post

Here are a couple of books we have been enjoying at our house,

Apples Here! by Will Hubbell
Princess really enjoyed this book that explores the seasonal life cycle
of an apple orchard through pictures. I enjoyed the information in the back
of the book. This will be a nice lesson for next Autumn.
This year she was more interested in the "big picture".

Let's Go Home The Wonderful Things About a House by Cynthia Rylant with illustrations by Wendy Anderson Halperin.
This is a lovely book that takes you all through a house from the front porch to the attic.
What are the rooms used for? How do they serve their family?
The illustrations are charming. Princess enjoyed it and we spent a lot of time snuggled up
in her bed looking at the pictures for different details to catch our eye.

Melissa Parkington's Beautiful,Beautiful Hair by Pat Brisson and Suzanne Bloom
tells a story about a girl known and admired for her beautiful,beautiful hair (which we thought looked just like P's cousin/sister A.), who wants to be known for something she "does" instead of
"something that just grows out of the top of her head". She tries to master a couple of things,
basketball,drawing, and then realizes her "talent" is being "nice".She sees a sign in a mall salon window
that says "share your hair", and decides to donate her hair to someone who needs it.
Princess really likes the line at the end,when her father is tucking her in at night, and instead of his usual
"Good night my Melissa of the beautiful,beautiful hair," he says"Goodnight my Melissa of the beautiful,beautiful heart.", and so did I.
To find information on how you can do this, check out Locks of Love.

GRANDAD'S PRAYERS OF THE EARTH by Douglass Wood and P.J.Lynch.
It would be easy to write "this is a lovely book", and leave it at that. It would be true.
Perhaps because we are approaching a year since my Grandpa died, and what would have been his 80th birthday ,both dates fall in the next couple of months, this book made me cry.I mean deep sobbing cring.
Nothing pretty.
Douglass Wood says "(this book )is for anyone who has ever had a woods to walk,a prayer to whisper ,
or a hero to love."
The publisher says it best, "Together Douglass Wood and P.J.Lynch have created a picture book that, like a prayer, may change you forever."
Also true.

We hope you enjoy these books as much as we have.


amanda said...

Did I mention I love book review posts? It is so nice to go to the library with a list! My little one is too young yet for some of P's books, but some of them are a little stretchier with the age range. I especially want to check out the Cynthia Rylant book. We've been talking about and building houses a lot lately. Thanks fr sharing.
And Princess's Ocotber bulletin boards made me smile. She is quite the budding artist!

Heather said...

Those are great ideas thanks. I wanted to pass along a link if she liked the life cycle of the Apple. Check out this link it has downloads about the life cycle of the apple. http://www.montessoriforeveryone.com/New-Downloads_ep_65-1.html

Jenny said...

Oh, I LOVED the Cynthia Rylant House book- I have it on my Amazon Wish List I loved it so much. I hope my library has Grandad's Prayers- it sounds like a wonderful book.

Cher Mere said...

I remember enjoying that Cynthia Rylant book! Thanks for the other recommendations.

Sara said...

I love Grandad's Prayer for the Earth. I taught a Sunday School lesson where we read that book and then did a "walking meditation" around the building and through our own woods.

Mariposa said...

Ami loved Cynthia Rylant's books. Some of them of very touching and still nice to read. The others look interesting as well.

Kate in NJ said...

I'm glad so many of you liked the books this week. I hope you will all post about what you're reading so I can check them out too!
Heather, thanks for the link.

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