Its National Superhero Day!

Well Happy National Superhero day to you!  We are huge fans of superhero’s especially those incredible  female superheroes.  Recently one of my petites very best friends had a superhero birthday party and it was A-Mazing!  I do have to say that my favorite part was the table filled with this petites favorite superhero books.  So today we wanted to share some of her superhero picks with you.

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Bedtime for Batman by Michael Dahl and illustrated by Ethan Beavers (Capstone Young Readers, 2016) is a great read all about how Batman gets all ready to go to bed at night.  This is a unique story in that it is two stories told side by side, one of batman getting ready to save the day and a petite doing his nighttime routine.  It also has a really fun pre-comic book or graphic novel feel to it.

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Good Morning Superman by Michael Dahl and illustrated by Omar Lozano (Capstone Young Readers, 2017) this is the recently published companion book to Bedtime for Batman mentioned above.  This story as you might guess follows Superman as he gets ready to suit up and save the day and a petite getting ready to do his morning routine.

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Even Superheros Have Bad Days by Shelly Becker and illustrated by Eda Kaban (Sterling Children’s Books, 2016) is perfect for petites ranging from preschool to around 4th grade because it does such a masterful job of teaching petites how to calm their bodies when they are feeling  sad, mad, frustrated, lonely, or afraid.  This book gives examples of what they could do to resist giving into troublesome behaviors.  This book is filled with wonderful illustrations that are engaging along with a rhyming text that is not only engaging but really fun to read aloud.

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The Big Book of Girl Power by Julie Merberg (Downtown Bookworks, 2016) is just as it sounds a big book filled with all of our favorite female superheroes.  It is vibrant and filled with great little one liners for each female.  Each spread is about a new superhero and gives her back story and details about her super powers.

My first Book of Girl Power

My First Book of Girl Power by Julie Merberg (Downtown Bookworms, 2015) is a board book that introduces petites to female superheroes.  We love that this board book uses its few words to share the traits that make these women special, whether it’s strength, kindness, bravery, wisdom and how they are able to use these powers together to help each other.  It’s a great board book to empower petites.

We hope you enjoy this amazing collection of superhero book of our Super Girl C.

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Garden with Petites: Part 1

Gardening has always been a passion of mine, since I was very small.  Some of my earliest memories are gardening with my gram, planting seeds and watching them grow.  So now that I have my own petites who just so happen to love gardening (thank goodness) every spring becomes this incredibly magical time where we talk more and more about the seeds, garden planning, the science, healthy food, ecosystems and so much more.  So we’ve been reading an absolute ton of books about gardens both fiction as well as non-fiction in preparation for spring and our planting.

The Children's Garden

For this first installment of Gardening with Petites, we are sharing The Children’s Garden: Growing Food in the City by Carole Lexa Schaefer illustrated by Pierr Morgan (Little Bigfoot, 2017) which is hitting shelves on Tuesday!  This is a story that is very much a homegrown story all about a children’s garden that is an actual garden here in Seattle.  If you don’t happen to live in a larger city a community garden may be a new concept, I know that I was unaware of just what a pea patch or community garden was until I moved to Seattle.  The premise is that community members come together to grow food and then can share or donate the extra food that they grow.

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This is a story all about the joy, learning, respect, community, responsibility and teamwork.  This book tells the story of children from the neighborhood who ride their bikes, pull their wagons and walk with their friends in tow to their community garden.  This is their garden, they are allowed to listen, see, smell, touch and taste – because it is all theirs.

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This story teaches all about what the children learn from the garden, the important role that worms play in this important ecosystem that allows their seeds to grow.  The illustrations are fantastic in that they depict the diversity of the children coming to their community garden.  The vibrant illustrations are chock-full of birds, insects, and the lush colors of summer.  This book depicts exactly what you would envision a community garden would look like; with raised beds using mixed materials and assorted pots and children everywhere planting and harvesting all that their hard work has produced.

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There are so many elements of this book that I, as a mom, teacher and gardener find valuable – the lessons that are taught are so important (they are also taught in a very subtle way), your petite will be inspired to get out and grow things, maybe even try some new foods they have been reticent to try before, they will learn new responsibilities and that through hard work and patience that there is a reward.

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What my petites loved about reading this book is that we are currently planting seeds and planning our garden and they loved seeing other kids planting their gardens.  The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, you will have to read it a few times to catch all of the tiny details that Pierr Morgan has included, the tiny snails or quail chicks.  This book inspires, empowers, excites, and fosters pride! Reading The Children’s Garden along with a trip to your local garden center will ensure that your petite has a summer filled with gardening fun.

Bloggers Note: This book was given to me by Little Bigfoot in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions shared in this post are my own.  Thank you to Little Bigfoot for permission to use images from The Children’s Garden in this post.

 

 

 

 

I Love This Book…

Pandora

When I first saw that Pandora by Victoria Turnbull was coming out, on April 4th,  I had no idea what it was about, I simply loved the cover art and knew it was immediately being added to our library hold list.  When it arrived, it was clear as we opened the cover we were the first people to check this book out and have the privilege of reading it.

Pandora is a little fox, who lives in a world of discarded and broken things all alone.  She has made herself a handsome home (which my petites thought was quite fun and now they call their rooms handsome) she uses her time repairing and restoring items that she can mend and fix.  However, she is lonely and no one ever comes to visit her.

One day something falls from the sky, it is a tiny blue bird with a broken wing.  Pandora doesn’t know how to fix its wing, but does her best to take care of it and over time the bird regains its strength and begins to fly small distances.  Always returning with small gifts from its journeys, until one day, the bird doesn’t come back.  Pandora is alone, again.

As the days pass, slowly something lovely and beautiful starts to grow until one morning Pandora wakes to the sound of her bird friend and the stunning changes that have happened to her once broken and discarded world.

petite-stag-favoriteWhen we finished reading this story, my seven-year old picked up the book and held it to her chest and sighed and said oh mommy, I love this story so much.  How much is it?  Can we buy this book so I can always read it?  This is a story that is so much more than a story, it is about loving what you have, appreciating what you have, finding the goodness in what others may discard, taking care of others, being aware of feelings and what it means to have joy.  This is an absolutely perfect story for petites.  We have read it every single day since we have checked it out from the library.   It is quite clear that this is a new Petite Stag Favorite.

This is Victoria Turnbull’s third book, she is an author from the UK who has incredible talent – her words are so carefully chosen and her illustrations evoke such incredible feeling.  We cannot wait to see what she comes up with next.  To see more of her other two books and Pandora check out her website.

Big Science for Little People

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We love science in our house, specifically our oldest petite who is obsessed with doing experiments, dissecting dead bugs and plants and learning all about how things work.  We spend a lot of time trying to find books that would be perfect for our budding scientist.  So when the opportunity arose for us to check out Big ScieBig Science -nce for Little People: 52 Activities to Help You & Your Child Discover the Wonders of Science by Lynn Brunelle (Roost Books, 2016) we jumped at the opportunity.

Recently, we started thinking about summer and what we are going to do all day long to keep the petites happy and engaged.  This book is so wonderful and filled with experiments that you will actually want to do!  What we love is that that the experiments, concoctions and activities are actually made with things you would normally have in your house.

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No seriously, there are no obscure chemicals or ingredients that will send you to the store.  Thrilling, right?!  I mean seriously, I am giddy just thinking about these experiments and how we already have all of the items needed.  There is nothing more frustrating than finally getting an activity that both kids want to do and then realizing you need to drive all over town to find some random ingredient that is insanely expensive and you only need 1/16th of a teaspoon, am I right?

The 52 activities are broken into two categories: At Home: Kitchen Concoctions, Bathtub Tests and Creative Explorations and On the Playground: Loud, Messy and Free-Range Experiments.  As a mom and teacher I love Lynn’s approach to science, in that it is all around us, right at our fingertips and we here at the Petite Stag couldn’t agree more and love the resourcefulness and creativity found in this amazing little book.

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What you will love about this book is the discussion before each activity about why you and your petites will love it, the clear instructions, as well as a very kid friendly, but scientific explanations for what is actually happening during the experiment.  Then, our favorite part, the “take if further” where you can extend your learning and your geek-ness.  Another cool component of this book is the Geek Mama Fun Fact which can be found at the end of some of the activities.  This book will be the perfect addition to your scientists collection of resources.  We will be sure to post pictures along the way on Insta as we move through the activities.

Bloggers note: I was given this book by Roost Books in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions shared in this post are my own.  Thank you to Roost Books for the use of the images in this post.