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Children’s Book Review: Hush! A Thai Lullabye

There are so many things I come across from day to day that spark an interest, make me smile, or catch my kids attention. I thought I’d devote Fridays to sharing some of those favorite things with you. (No- it ain’t gonna be whiskers on kittens and bright copper kettles, though that is one of my favorite songs for all of eternity.)

Today’s Favorite: Hush! A Thai Lullabye by Mingfong Ho, Illustrated by Holly Meade

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The thing I like most about this book are the illustrations because they tell another story. The book starts with the mama putting her little one to sleep in a hammock. Then she sings a gentle song to all the nearby animals (mosquito, monkey, elephant, pig, and more) one by one, instructing them to be very quiet because her baby is sleeping. But on each page in the background, the illustrator shows the baby is out of the hammock and roaming about. So reading this to a little one is joyful not just for the sweet lullabye, but for the added bonus of seeing them giggle as they try to find the baby who has snuck out of the hammock and is not sleeping after all.  For some reason they find it hilarious that while the mama makes every effort to quiet down the barnyard singing, “can’t you see that baby’s sleeping?” that baby has fooled his mama pretty darn good. Sneaky sweetness.

Friday Faves Review: Baby Bear Sees Blue

There are so many things I come across from day to day that spark an interest, make me smile, or catch my kids attention. I thought I’d devote Fridays to sharing some of those favorite things with you. (No- it ain’t gonna be whiskers on kittens and bright copper kettles, though that is one of my favorite songs for all of eternity.)

Today’s Favorite: Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff

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This book is so filled with color and sweetness (but nothing sappy,) it is just absolutely perfect. This author sees the world how I see it- colorful, beautiful, safe, interesting, and filled with adventures with the ones you love. Baby bear experiences all the newness of his world through the colors he sees. He sticks by his mama and feel safe exploring. Love.

Children’s Book Review: My First Day

There are so many things I come across from day to day that spark an interest, make me smile, or catch my kids attention. I thought I’d devote Fridays to sharing some of those favorite things with you. (No- it ain’t gonna be whiskers on kittens and bright copper kettles, though that is one of my favorite songs for all of eternity.)

Before I share today’s favorite book, I’d like to give a shout out to libraries. Libraries are one of those things that I will never take for granted. Unlimited access to books, music and information. Including kids’ books. For FREE. Hello? It’s like traveling to an alternate universe anytime you want…Where else can you just walk into what is basically a store and take items- as many as you want- and show them your id and say, “Yeah, I’ll bring these back in like a month. Maybe. My kid might tear some pages, but other than that, they’ll be good as new”  This system is amazing! Really. Where am I? Have I transported myself into a culture where I say “I’m good for it,” and that’s enough of a social agreement? Is this America? Can we transfer this policy to the real estate market?  I almost can’t believe how good it is. It’s the guiding force of my abundance meditations. If libraries exist, there is hope for us all. Now on to the favorite…

Today’s Favorite: My First Day by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

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I love this book.  I am a sucker for animal books that aren’t super sappy and this is a good one. You can read a full review here.  In a nutshell, it captures different animals’ first day on planet earth and how very, very diverse those experiences are. “On my first day, my mother held me close so I wouldn’t drift out to sea,” says a sea otter. A giraffe says, “On my first day, I was born high above the ground – and I landed in a heap. But I wasn’t hurt, and before long I was taking my first steps.” For me, it shows the vast differences between species: different worlds, one planet. I’m hoping that will come ’round to validate for my kid that it’s ok for his experiences to feel unique to him. He likes it too.