Off for Awhile!

I am gone to a meeting tomorrow (which also involves visiting our favorite kids’ restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin: Ella’s and going to the zoo, so don’t feel badly for me.) And then I am heading out camping with the family for the week of the 4th.  Hope you all have a wonderful holiday week!  See on Monday, July 9th.

Up, Down and Around

Up, Down and Around
by Katherine Ayres, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott.

There is just something about gardening picture books that I adore.  Hmm.  Maybe it has something to do with my obvious love of bunny books.  Ah well.

This book by Ayres works on many levels.  It is a rollicking, rhyming book with a focus on whether a specific vegetable grows up, down or around.  There is corn, carrots, cucumbers, peppers, potatoes and pumpkins, and many more. 

With Westcott’s friendly illustrations filled with smiling bugs, hungry rabbits, flitting crows, and grinning children, it is a visual treat.  Ayres’ rhymes are such fun, with repetition and using the same initial sounds.  Toddlers and preschoolers will be drawn in immediately.

This picture book offers a friendly look at prepositions, a glimpse at gardening, and rhymes.  It is perfect to add to your gardening storytimes, especially for the youngest listeners. 

A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day by Remy Charlip.

A father and sun have a glorious day together just imagining, cuddling, napping, seeing friends, reading and playing together.  It is a wonderful example of a quiet book perfect for starting a conversation about quiet days spent in one another’s company. 

This is a good book for toddlers and preschoolers, with its few words per page.  Parents and other adults will also enjoy it because it speaks to a day filled with quiet pursuits and not video games and TV.  Don’t we all wish for more days filled with nothing but time?  I also appreciate the gentleness of the illustrations which are soft, pastel and echo the peace of the day completely. 

Recommend this one to busy families rushed off of their feet.  I would also share this as a prequel to an art project with little children who can draw pictures of their favorite quiet activity that they share with loved ones.