Wednesday, October 27, 2010
From the author of Chicken Cheeks and Purple Kangaroo comes a novel picture book addressing the various reasons why a pig parade would be a terrible idea. I know you're thinking, "why, a pig parade is a mighty fine idea,", but after reading Black's new book, you will see the error of your ways. It has the feel of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, but I have not been able to nail down why, probably simply the whole cause and effect thing.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
All the animals at the zoo have family, except for Quack the duck. Quack sits alone in the darkest corner of the zoo growing more and more bitter. One day he passes by the nursery and while lamenting how everyone has someone except him, he runs into a table of orphaned eggs. Quack picks one out and happily runs home saying "I'll adopt!" He tends to the egg and then the day comes for it to hatch and eek... it's not a duck, but a furry, long nailed thing (that ends up being a platypus). Quack runs in horror with the furry creature in hot pursuit. He is finally cornered in a cave, but when the creature looks Quack in the eye and says "Hi Dad", he felt his cold heart melt.
There are simply not enough dad/child stories out there, and this is an adoption story to boot! The full spread illustrations by Brian T. Jones are bright and fun with just a little bit of creepiness and Bardhan-Quallen's rhyming tale never misses a beat. Check it out!
Friday, October 22, 2010
A cat theme is a perfect time introduce or revisit a favorite nursery rhyme, such as:
Hey, Diddle Diddle
The Cat and the Fiddle
The Cow jumped over the Moon
The Little dog laughed to see such a sight
And the dish ran away with the spoon.
Three Little Kittens lost their mittens,
and they began to cry,
Oh mother dear, we very much fear,
our mittens we have lost.
What! lost your mittens, you naughty kittens!
Then you shall have no pie
Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow
No you shall have no pie.
The three little kittens they found their mittens,
And they began to cry,
Oh mother dear, see her, see here,
Our mittens we have found.
What found your mittens! You good litle kittens,
Now you shall have some pie.
Purr, Purr, Purr, Purr,
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Another idea: I love the cheap foam visors that you can buy at larger craft stores (Michaels, Jo-Ann's, Hobby Lobby, etc) usually for about $1.00 a piece. If you use a black one, you can easily add eyes and a beak and have a really cute penguin hat!