Friday, November 14, 2014

5 Things: Friday

5 Things to Brighten Your Day
Despite the BS that May Get in Your Way

1. It's Friday.  That can count as 3 things, right?

2.  Hot chocolate.

3.  I'm having Ramen soup for lunch.  It reminds me of a simpler time.

4.  Wild Things:  Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature.  Excellent book and a must read for every children's librarian.  I'll be reviewing it next week, but until then, check out the Wild Things blog.

5.  Tights+leggings=warm legs on a cold day.  Thanks to my friend Sara for the tip!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Book Talk: Bubble Trouble

Bubble Trouble
By Margaret Mahy
Illustrated by Polly Dunbar
Clarion, 2009
Personal Copy
Audience: Preschool
ISBN:  9780547074214
Publication Date: April 6, 2009

In this rollicking, rhyming book, Mabel blows a bubble which swallows up her brother and sends him bubble-bobbling through the town and through the air.  This book works in such great ways.  The story is absurd, picking up stranger and stranger characters as the bubble floats along.  The pictures are delightful and colorful, yet soft enough so the reader knows the baby is never in danger.  And the rhyming is perfect!  Rhyming books are so hard!  I've said before that I wish editors would read rhyming books aloud a dozen times before publication, because you will normally find a place where the meter fails.  Amazingly, the meter never fails in this book, rather it bounces along at a break-neck pace, and it's the reader that will fail to keep up.  Lovely pictures, silly story, perfect rhyming, pure delight.

I love this book.  Is it obvious?  I'm not sure why I purchased it, but it ended up on Ali's bookshelf and while I had her comfortably sitting with me last night, my husband picked it out to read to her.  We each took a page and read, and laughed as we tried to keep up with the text.  Ali has reached a great age where she really does see the pictures and she was taking in the illustrations as her dad and I read.  Normally when we read to her she's propped up in the chair and we are sitting in front of her, but it was so nice to all be cuddled together reading a book.  Granted I couldn't see her face, but I still think she was having a wonderful time.  

My tip for reading this book aloud in public is practice!  Like I said, the meter is perfect, but it does take practice to get all the rhymes correct and just keep up.  Some books just demand to be read quickly, and the pace of this rhyme certainly makes you speed up.  But if you are reading it to your own child, then the silliness of falling behind and stumbling over words is half the fun.  

I can honestly say that reading Bubble Trouble to my Ali with my hubby was the best reading experience I have had as a mom.  Share this silly story with someone you love and get ready to laugh.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

5 Things: Sleep

5 Things to Brighten Your Day
Despite the BS that May Get in Your Way

1. Little baby Alice slept 9 hours last night.  9 HOURS!  She's such a big girl, and I got to sleep too.

2.  The weather has turned very chilly, very quickly, so I'm excited to get out my trusty hat, gloves, and scarf.  So thankful that I can be warm on a cold day.

3.  But cold weather didn't stop me from wearing a skirt to work!  Paired with fleece lined tights, it's just as warm as pants and twice as stylish.  Looking good makes you feel good.

4.  I have my first cup of hot chocolate of the season and it was wonderful.

5.  Lunch with two of my favorites today-my hubby and my puppy.  It's good to carve out some time for my other family members during the day.