Tuesday, February 28, 2012

March :: Books

Picture Books :: March Theme: Celebrate Libraries

  • That Book Woman 
  • The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq 
  • Waiting for the Biblioburro 
  • The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians 
  • Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile
Check out the book descriptions on this page (Click here)

Happy reading, 


Monday, February 27, 2012

Hachoo or Haiku :: Either way a lesson Learned.

Wisdom of ancient Zen teachings in a children's story. Mr. Muth takes us on a wonderful summer vacation with Koo and his new friends.

I don't think we will look at a empty cup the same way. (Well, I won't my - 3 yr old might maybe a few more years)

Pick up this wonderfully illustrated book. A perfect for the child beginning to get anxious and worried about school events. A nice lesson about learning to grow and overcome fears. 

Let us know if you have a special Haiku (is a very short form of Japanese poetry)

I tired :: our turning pages Haiku
together reading a book
enjoying the night
more time together

Not sure if that flies but we tried hahahah

Happy Reading,

Product Description (From Amazon) Stillwater the Panda returns in a delightful companion to his Caldecott Honor Book, Zen Shorts

Summer has arrived -- and so has Koo, Stillwater's haiku-speaking young nephew. And when Stillwater encourages Koo, and his friends Addy, Michael, and Karl to help a grouchy old neighbor in need, their efforts are rewarded in unexpected ways.
Zen Ties is a disarming story of compassion and friendship that reaffirms the importance of our ties to one another.

Watch :: 

Celebrated illustrator Jon J. Muth introduces his delightful body of work. His newest book, ZEN TIES features the return of everyone's favorite Zen master panda, Stillwater.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Who says we have to look the same or be the same age?

Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

I have to say who would have thought a Hippo and a Turtle would make you want to BELIEVE in the power of friendship. Owen & Mzee made us believers!

Reading the story was a treat. My little guy loves turtles and we just get such a kick out of spelling H-I-P-P-O. Finding out how the friendship was formed and how it will seem to last a lifetime took us on a loving adventure in Africa. Reading about this extraordinary friendship between a baby hippo (Owen) and a 130-year-old giant tortoise (Mzee) was warming to the heart. Learning about who takes care of them and where was an extra bonus. The pictures in the book were wonderful and amazing to talk about with your child.

Happy Reading!

Much love,


READ :: Owen & Mzee: The True Story Of A Remarkable Friendship

WATCH ::   A photo montage featuring Owen the hippo and Mzee the tortoise. The pair became best friends after Owen was stranded following the 2004 tsunami.


Product Description (from Amazon)

The amazing true story of the orphaned baby hippo and 130-year-old giant turtle whose remarkable friendship touched millions around the world.

The inspiring true story of two great friends, a baby hippo named Owen and a 130-yr-old giant tortoise named Mzee (Mm-ZAY). When Owen was stranded after the Dec 2004 tsunami, villagers in Kenya worked tirelessly to rescue him. Then, to everyone's amazement, the orphan hippo and the elderly tortoise adopted each other. Now they are inseparable, swimming, eating, and playing together. Adorable photos e-mailed from friend to friend quickly made them worldwide celebrities. Here is a joyous reminder that in times of trouble, friendship is stronger than the differences that too often pull us apart.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Will you try this sandwich? Asks the Queen....

Boys and Girls FOOD FIGHT!!!

What a great book! Queen Rania shares a wonderful story of a childhood friendship and learning about being different in The Sandwich Swap. School days can be a stressful learning experience ABC, 123, science in the classroom. But the most educational experience I believe our children share is building their friendships.

The Sandwich Swap By Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah, Kelly DiPucchio blends together the attraction of a Peanut Butter & Jelly's and Hummus and Pita's friendship. We all create a FOOD FIGHT when we don't have an open mind and welcome all of our differences.

It is not until we truly decide to try and expand our palette that we can see we are all the same.This book on friendship is a wonderful selection for this month's Valentine and International Friends theme.

I hope you enjoy! Let me know are you a Peanut Butter & Jelly or a Hummus & Pita. We are a Pizza & Calamari family.

Happy Reading,


Watch Queen Rania share the story

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