Archives for June 2014

The Napping House

Author:  Audrey Wood
Illustrator:  Don Wood

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There is a house,
a napping house,
where everyone is sleeping.

“Everyone,” in this case is a snoring granny, a dreaming child, a dozing dog, a snoozing cat, a slumbering mouse… and a wakeful flea! Uh-oh. Looks like the napping house won’t be napping for long. With their very own brand of humor, Audrey and Don Wood create an appealing bedtime book compatible with Margaret Wise Brown’s classic Goodnight Moon. This small, square board book, with its rhythmic, repetitive text and witty pictures in shades of ever-brightening blues and greens (as the night turns to day), is sure to be a winner with preschool insomniacs.

Granny’s snoring soon has the sleepy household assembled on her bed.  As they gather, an elaborate yet relaxed pile of bodies in shifting positions takes shape. Young readers will enjoy tracking the critters as they make their way, one by one, to the bed–and then guessing what will happen when the wakeful flea joins the heap.

Be sure to look for this author-illustrator team’s other collaborative efforts, including Piggies and Silly Sally.  Booklist Review

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Mary Byrne Kline
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Joy in the Sillies

           If you’re anything like me, the end of the school year was a blur as our schedule filled up with extra places to be as everything came to a close. Between end of the year parties, talent shows, and parades…I was in a state of exhaustion at the end of it all! In those moments of non-stop running, I could feel tension rise in my body and stress levels that left me feeling edgy and frustrated. As much as I would try hard to make the puzzle pieces of our schedule all fit to work together, inevitably within a few hours of waking, things would shift tossing my puzzle pieces in the air! Cue deep breaths.

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         Over the last couple weeks, I have been leaning into the Spirit and asking God to help me relax and have more fun with my children. I want to laugh more. Not just the courtesy laugh where they do something only they think is silly. But the kind of laugh that comes from my gut. The kind where we both are living in the moment and feeling connected. I want them to feel my joy in spending time with them.

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         So, this summer, I am on my own adventure to find joy in the sillies. To let my fears and anxiety about what might happen go and let God fill me with adoration for what is happening right now. I want to be present in their adorable voices, in the funny way they say some of their words, and even in the silly things they do that may even make a mess! I don’t want to miss a thing.

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         Moms, are you with me? Let’s soak these precious days in!!

TMAS Box Word Prompts


Story, Wooden peg  and colorful wordsIf you have been following us for awhile, and have your own TMAS box, why not add some silly word prompts to your storytelling box this month?

The sillier, the better.   Disclaimer: When you invite children to be silly, they will get carried away and you will wonder why you ever took our advise.  (And you will determine to never listen to me again!)    We are halfway through our month of “Summer Sillies”… you can do it!

NOTE:  Don’t forget to tape your storytelling adventures.   If for no other reason than to play this month’s silly stories when your children are adults.   They will be mortified (in the same way they are when they see themselves in family pictures sporting giant hair bows or rolled-down “donut socks” as children) and you can just sit back and smile, remembering the days they were little and you were in charge.

Here is a .pdf file of TMAS Word Prompts to get you started!

LINK to TMAS Podcast,
in case you missed it, or don’t know what a TMAS box is all about.

How the Ladies Stopped the Wind

Author:  Bruce McMillan
Illustrator:  Gunnella

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Oh!  Those ladies in Iceland are up to another silly adventure!  This time it’s the wind that is causing them difficulty when they are trying to enjoy walks outdoors.  Even the chickens are flying through the air!  The ladies (and the chickens) lie down in the grass to think of a solution to this troubling situation.

The idea to plant trees is decided upon,  and soon the ladies area busy digging.   Worried that the local sheep might be a problem, the ladies gather around their little trees and begin singing, “Please, please, don’t eat the trees.  Please, please, don’t eat the trees.”  The sheep just look at them with curiosity and keep eating grass. They had no idea what the singing is all about.

Until one day… oh dear!  The sheep discovered tasty little buds on the trees and soon all of the tiny trees had been eaten.

The ladies ordered more trees.  Then they decided to speak to the cows, thinking perhaps the cows could lead the sheep away from the trees and towards the grass. And soon the ladies were singing again, “Sheep stay out, the cows are your friends.  Sheep go away, just follow your friends.”  Those ladies sure did like to sing!

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It seems as though the whole village is involved in the plan of protecting the trees; even the chickens have their role.  But will it be enough?  Will the sheep stop eating the trees?  Will the trees grow large enough to stop the wind?  When you find the answer you will be smiling at the determination of the ever-singing Icelandic ladies and their steadfast chickens.

Oh, and here’s my review of The Problem with Chickens in case you missed it.

Mary Kline
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1.  Was planting trees a good idea? Why?

2.  Can you list 3 things the ladies did to try and help their trees grow? Which ideas were helpful?

3.  What does it mean when someone says, “Word spread”?

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