Saturday, February 28, 2009

Senses at the Seashore

Senses at the Seashore by Shelley Rotner is a book for younger children that I found it at the library when I was there with my niece. I think that I read the book ten or twelve times in four days. The book would be great for teaching preschoolers and even kindergarten and first graders about the five senses. The photographs are great, too, and it made me wish that I had been able to go to California during my winter break. Rotner has two other books in this series-Senses in the City and Senses on the Farm that I am looking forward to reading. Is there any book you have been reading over and over to a preschooler lately?

Monday, February 16, 2009


Here is a new quote that I definitely agree with..."A house without books is like a room without windows." -Heinreich Mann
Anyone else have a favorite quote or two?

Monday, February 9, 2009

The Day it Rained Hearts

The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond is definitely one of my two favorite Valentine's Day books. It is for preschoolers and early elementary students, but after discovering this book several years ago I had to go get a copy for myself. Each year I read it to my students and they enjoy it. The simple story tells how Cornelia Augusta makes Valentines for all of her friends, so it would be a great introduction to making Valentines with a group of children. Anyone else have a favorite Valentine's book for children?

Friday, February 6, 2009

The Yearling

Well, I am back from my break...I don't think that I got as much done as I had hoped...though I did get a baby quilt top done and I also started some baby bibs. I also attended a fair amount of high school basketball games (more girls' games than boys') and read three books-The Yearling, Marley and Me, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. My favorite of the three books was The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. I would not classify myself as an animal lover, but this story, though lengthy, made me want to keep reading. Rawlings did a great job at developing the characters and describing the area of Florida that twelve year old Jody and his family lived. I think I don't want to watch the movie because movies are often not as good as the book. Anyone else read the book or watch the movie?