Adorn Your Petites Books with this Cuteness

Etsy has some amazing items that are so unique and special, items you would never be able to find in the stores.  I love that basically whatever I end up looking for I usually find it and it exceeds my expectations.  I’ve been looking at book-plate recently and found these incredibly cute ones from this incredibly cute little shop – The Fox & The Teacup by Stephanie Fizer Coleman is one of my favorite etsy shops.  Seriously, I love her artwork and design.  My favorite thing is that the girls features in her illustrations and design look like they are strong-willed and determined petites.

Not only does she sell incredibly cute stationary, stickers, cards and art prints, she sells these amazing little book plates.  These are just a few of my favorites.  I cannot decide which ones I like the best…right now I am leaning towards the knight & her dragon because she looks so stinkin’ feisty and determined, and you can’t overlook that cute little dragon, oh dear.    Book Plates

Check out her shop there are tons of cute things, I am sure you will love it as much as I do.

Happy Shopping,
Erin

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Top Ten Libraries…Get Your Passport Ready

When I think of books I love, I often times think of the places I read the books.  Libraries are such special places; I wanted to share my top ten libraries that I have been to or really wanting to cross off my Library Wanderlust List.  These are just my current top ten, there are so many more, oh my goodness so many more.

1. Long Room, Trinity College – Dublin, Ireland.

Long Room, Trinity College, Dublin Ireland

2. Suzzallo Library, University of Washington – Seattle, WashingtonSuzzallo Library University of Washington

3. Seattle Central Public Library – Seattle, Washington

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4.  Library of Congress – Washington DC

Library of Congress, Washington DC

5. New York Public Library – New York, New York

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6. Vancouver Public Library – Vancouver, Canada

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7. Harper Memorial Library, University of Chicago – Chicago, Illinois

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8. George Peabody Library, Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, Maryland

George Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland

9. Library of Dutch Parliament – Hague, Netherlands

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10. Rijkmuseum Library – Amsterdam

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I’ve only been to the first four libraries, but have a strong desire to visit the rest in my lifetime.  What libraries would make your top ten?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Library Love Buyers Guide

Library Love Buyers GuideWho doesn’t love a trip to the library?  Or have fond memories of searching through a card catalog for a book?  Or that amazing smell, something like newly sharpened pencils and musty paper?  Here are some pretty awesome gifts for the book lover and librarians in your life.

Library Card Pouch |Library Card Socks | Library Card Tote | Personal Library Kit | Library Book Stamp Pillow |  Library Stamps Tee |Library Book

I am sort of obsessed with Out of Print Clothing, they have so many fantastic things.  It is the perfect place to find gifts for your friends & family who love books.  So many unique shirts and just all round bookworm goodness.  Also, if I am missing any fabulous library gifts let me know in the comments below.

Happy Shopping,

Erin

Let’s Take a Bite out of a Great Book

Petite Foodies

These charming food focused books are definitely worth a trip to the library to check out.  We love a good meal in my house and even more we love a good book about food.  In a recent post, I shared about how my girls love to cook and be in on the food prep in our house, whether it’s helping us choose fresh foods and new foods to try at the local market, or it is actually getting aprons on and spoons ready to help make the food.  Sometimes it isn’t possible to have little helping hands, so I like to make sure that we can spend some time reading about food to inspire future cooking projects.   Here are our top picks in books about food:

Julia, ChildJulia, Child – Kyo Maclear with illustrator Julie Morstad have created one of the most charming books I have picked up in a while.  Everyone is familiar with the name Julia Child, this book is not so much about Julia Child, but about a little girl who loves being a little girl and loves cooking with butter.  It is a sweet story about two friends who don’t want to grow up and through their love of cooking may just create a solution to never growing old.  This book would be a lovely pairing with a boeuf bourguignon!  Check out this fabulous video of the one and only making one of her signature dishes.  With the weather getting cold this might be the perfect multi-step dinner to make with the petites.

 

Food Trucks!Food Trucks!This quirky book is perfect for the hip petite foodie who has a severe love of food trucks.  Living in Seattle, we definitely have a love affair with out many food trucks, we religiously follow them and know their weekly locations so we can get a quick fix of delicious food.  Mark Todd, does a fabulous job of showcasing these delicious trucks.  My petite loves the pretzel truck page and how silly the truck looks.  I think this book does a great job of talking about different kinds of foods, my hope in this is that the fun pictures will provoke curiosity and interest in trying these new foods.  One other aspect that is so fantastic is there are fun facts on each page.  Who doesn’t love fun facts about food and food trucks?

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Bee-Bim Bop!Bee-Bim Bop!Linda Sue Park and Ho Baek Lee have created a classic that is loved by so many children and parents alike.  This book has a very rhythmic text that just begs to be read aloud.  This book shows the preparations that are necessary for making this delicious dish.  As a parent, I also feel like this book is incredibly realistic, with the rushing to the store, hurrying to make dinner, I love that Linda Sue Park decided to make this  fantastic but very relatable story.

I love this book because it shows how much fun it can be to go shopping and make food with your family at home.

 

Green Eggs and HamGreen Eggs and HamDr. Seuss needs no introduction, so I will tell you some fun facts and give you some fun pairings.  Green Eggs and Ham, according to Scholastic is in the top 10 best children’s books.  It currently sits at number seven.  Did you know that there are only fifty words used in the entire book?  It’s true, it was a bet between Dr. Seuss and his editor that he wouldn’t be able to write an intelligent book using only fifty words?  He did and won the $50 bet.

During its 50th anniversary in 2010 it was estimated that 200 million copies of this book had been sold.  Check out some of these super fun ideas for things to do when you’re done reading book.  For all the petite Seuss lovers, check out these fun activities that can be done.  Perfect for a rainy day activity.

I can eat a rainbowI Can Eat a Rainbow -Annabel Karmel does a fabulous job in this vibrant board book that has been a favorite of both my daughters, recently my five-year old was showing it to her little sister and was telling her all about the fruits and vegetables and which ones they like to eat and enjoy.  One of my favorite parts about this book is that the veggies and fruits shown are not just the standards, they have some fun foods that your petite might like to try.

Another thing that we love about this book is how they have made animals out of the fruits and vegetables, it makes it all the more fun for little ones to look through and see their favorite fruits as a rabbit or beans as frogs.  This book is also really easy for little fingers to manipulate, the color tabs of make it easy to turn the pages on their own.  I guarantee the petites will love this book and may even take a nibble out of some of the colorful images.I Can eat a Rainbow Detail

 

I find that when I take my little ones to the store (this of course, is not every time), when I spend time showing them fruits or vegetables and talking about what we are seeing they are so much more engaged in the food procuring process.  My five-year old loves to make complex dinners or desserts because there are lots of steps and opportunities for her to contribute to the meal prep.  I’ve even taken her to the store and let her choose a whole meal,  she had a blast picking vegetables and a meat and of course making silly suggestions.  I think the silly suggestions were her favorite part.

Of course, these are just a few of my petites favorite books.  They all inspire little ones to try new things, to be excited about shopping and making food.  Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to tell me about some of your favorite books about making food.  Let me know in the comments, I am always looking for new books.

Bon Appetit!

Erin

 

Perfect Presents for Petite Engineers

Perfect Presents for Petite EngineersIggy Peck Architect

I have been very intrigued by these really unique books for young girls and boys that are written by Andrea Beaty with illustrations by David Roberts.
Iggy Peck, Architect was published in 2007, this book is intended for 4 to 8 year olds, however, after having read this story, this would be a great read aloud for the classroom, up through 8th grade, possibly an art class if students were designing structures.  Iggy Peck is a curious young boy who builds structures out of just about anything, diapers, fruit, he is quite resourceful.  This book is ideal for young ones who like to build and create.  The illustrations are colorful and inspiring, I imagine they look like the images that would flow through an architects mind.  I guarantee you’ll be pulling out graph paper and colored pencils to help your young Iggy Peck’s draft their creations.

In 2013, Andrea Beaty created another stunning picture book featuring a cleaver young girl Rosie Revere, Engineer.  Rosie  is a shy young girl who builds amazing things but hides them away afraid of failure.  Until her great-great-aunt Rose comes for a visit and helps her to see just how amazing her engineering is, even if at first, it’s a flop.  She helps Rosie to understand that even a flop is a good thing and that trying again is no failure.  The lyrical patterning to these stories makes them very fun and engaging to read.  My daughter loves this book, she loves looking at the designs Rosie creates.

These are books that you want your kids to connect with, to feel inspired by.  These are stories that might help the young dreamers and tinkers believe that anything is possible.  I love that it is a great story with characters you can connect with and a resounding message that anything you put your mind to is possible.

Let’s get to it, I love reading a story with my petite and having her jump up to get working on her inspirations.  These engineering toys would be perfect to support your petites in their own engineering pursuits.

Goldie Blox and The Spinning Machine Goldie Blox and the Parade Float Goldie Blox and the Dunk Tank

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I am so excited about these Goldie Blox sets, they feature a book and lots of pieces to complete the task, whether it is skill building or an engineering concept.  They are designed for young girls ages 4-9.  In thinking about girls, we unfortunately have many young girls who lose interest in science and math at a very young age, the goal of these Goldie Blox activities are to inspire girls to become engineers and builders in a predominately male dominated field.  Another great resource for engineering toys for kids is Engino, they have created kits for building structures, cams & cranks, gears, wheels, pulleys, simple machines and levers.  The Engino kits are geared toward a slightly older age set 6-14.

I am always looking for our next favorite book, are there other books out there like Rosie Revere and Iggy Peck that you and your petites love?  Tell me about them in the comments, I would love to check them out.

Happy Monday!
Erin

 

 

 

Halloween Books for the Petites

 

Halloween Books

It is that time of year, when there is a chill in the air, when cardigans become your fashion staple and an afternoon is made all the better with a pumpkin spice latte.  When October rolls around it marks the start of the holiday season.  For years, I have been collecting books for the petites for the holidays.  Some holidays I have just a few books, others I have quite a few.  Halloween is one of those holidays.  Yesterday, marking the first of October, I pulled out the holiday book box and was rather surprised to see just how many books we’ve collected over the past five years.  I am so excited to share with you some of our absolute favorite books for Halloween.

Happy Halloween, Biscuit!, by  Alyssa Satin Capucilli, is a favorite of my petites.  This cute little book has flaps that fold out to find a hidden Biscuit; our lovable curious little pup is certainly a favorite of the petites.  It has thicker pages making it easier for smaller hands to turn the pages and explore the flaps in search of Biscuit.

Lady Bug Girl and the Dress Up Dilemma, by Jacky Davis and David Soman is another fabulous book about Ladybug Girl.  This book highlights the dilemma of what to be for Halloween.  Last year this was such a success that my daughter decided to be Ladybug girl – after all she really is the best.  I will say this is a little bit different from the other Ladybug girl book formats, there is not as much plot as Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, or Ladybug Girl at the Beach.  However, if you love Lulu, like we do, then you will love this title too.

Sweet and Spooky Halloween, this Disney Princess Halloween book, with its glittery cover and princess laden pages will be a hit with any princess loving petite.  This book features: Ariel, Belle, Cinderella and Snow White.  All about what each princess does to help contribute to the Halloween festivities.

Olivia and the Haunted Hotel, in story, Olivia and her friends use their imagination to play hotel during a sleepover, they use the thunder and lightning storm as the perfect backdrop for their Haunted Hotel.  Olivia’s brother is quite sneaky and adds some spooky fun to their game.

Mouse’s First Halloween – You might be familiar with Lauren Thompson’s series of books Mouse’s First.  This little mouse is very nervous about all of the shadows that he is seeing until he uncovers what they really are and then he isn’t so scared after all.   (the one we have is a hard cover, this link is for the board book)

Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin Pie, this is part of the Picture the Season books, by Jill Esbaum.  This non-fiction book is about all things pumpkin.  It would be a great book to use if you plan to plant a pumpkin seed and see what grows, or if your petites are curious about where pumpkins come from and how they grow.

Inside a House that is Haunted, by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, is a level 2 reader.  Perfect for 1st or 2nd grade readers.  It is a really fun story, that has repeating patterns (similar to an old lady who swallowed a fly) in the wording and great context clues in the illustrations for your young reader to pick out the new words.  It is really fun read along book.

Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween, leave it to Melanie Watt to create another hysterical Scaredy Squirrel for our reading pleasure.  This time he needs to come up with some very serious safety rules to be prepared for Halloween.  I love all of her books, and encourage you to check them out if you haven’t yet.  You will be in hysterics reading the story to your petites.

The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches, written by Alice Low with illustrations by Jane Manning, is a favorite in our house.  This book has some of the cutest illustrations of a little witch, Wendy.  She has two older sisters who aren’t very kind named Polly and Wog.  It is broken into five chapters, perfect for 2nd to 3rd grade readers.  This book is so sweet, the two older sister end up needed the help of their little sister to save the day.  I am already getting excited to read this one tonight.  This continues to be one of out family favorites!

Dem Bones, by Bob Barner, this book is so silly, I didn’t know if my daughter would like it, but she loves it.  It was read more times than I could count the last two Halloweens.  When she saw it yesterday she started singing the song.  Basically it is an illustrated version of the classic song.  The really fun part about this book, is that is has these little captions that give you information about the bone featured in that verse of the song.  As a three and four-year old she wasn’t really interested in the anatomy lesson provided, but we will see this year.  A great book that offers more than just song lyrics.

petite-stag-favoriteRoom on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson and illustrations by Axel Scheffler is one of my absolute favorite Halloween books.  I love the rhyming and the illustrations.  This book is so much fun to read and enjoy with your petites.  It’s quite the magical broom that takes lots of friends for an exciting ride with an unexpected ending. This is a perfect book to add to your Halloween collection.

Creepy Carrots!, by Aaron Reynolds, let me first start by saying, this book is dark, I would suggest this for older kids.  It could be frightening for some of our younger petites.  Okay, you’ve been warned.  This Caldecott Honor-winning picture book is really funny, Jasper has been ripping carrots from the ground, until he notices that they are following him; they are everywhere.  I personally loved how the story was black and white except for the carrots.  I could see this being a fun read for a 2nd or 3rd grade cause and effect lesson.

Bones: Skeletons and How They Work, by Steven Jenkin, is a great non-fiction book, not necessarily for Halloween, but I wanted to add it in because I love this book and you can make the connection to Dem Bones.  My petite was interested in skeletons and bones and I thought why not let her explore this Caldecott Honor Award Winner.  This book shows a comparative view of bones from the human and animal bodies.  This book is geared for 2nd to 5th graders and is so informative I think it could even be used with older kids.  The book breaks down the body into parts, comparing hand bones of humans and animals to the full skeletons.  It has pull out pages that make it even more fun to get on the floor and explore.

petite-stag-favoriteBats at the Library, by Brian Lies is going to be a new favorite in our house.  I picked this fabulous book up yesterday and I have already read it three times by request.  It is about bats who are bored and sneak into the library after hours and explore.  Brian Lies, does an amazing job with his illustrations, they bring this story to life.  These little bats have so much fun they lose track of time and suddenly realize dawn is coming.  You must check this book out, I will not be putting this one away with the rest of the Halloween books in November.

For the tiniest of petites…these board books will not disappoint

Halloween Board Books

Five Black Cats, by Patricia Hegarty is so cute, we love the little black cat illustrations.  The five cats stick together and go exploring through the town.  They meet a little white mouse who leads them to a very fun party with lots of colorful treats to eat.  My one year old likes pointing to the cats and turning the thicker pages on her own.

Halloween Faces, by Nancy Davis was a surprise.  My daughters love this book.  I do not use the word love lightly here, this book has tattered edges and has been thoroughly enjoyed.  With fun pages that allow you to change the childrens masks from cat to vampire it is a favorite.  I am sure your little ones will agree.

Frankenstein: An Anatomy Primer, by Jennifer Adams,  I love these babylit books and what is not to love about learning anatomy from Frankenstein?  Everything about this board book is so incredibly cute.

Dracula: A Counting Primer: let’s count castles, wolves, ships, heroes, tombstones and boxes (coffins).  This classic remade into a board book is well worth your time to look into.

Five Little Pumpkins, by Dan Yaccarino, follows traditional “five little” songs, a really fun book to share with your little ones.  The lyrical pattern to the words makes it an enjoyable read.

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin, by Tad Hills is a very silly read about Duck and Goose who are on a mission to find a pumpkin.  However, they are looking in some pretty silly places until they get a little help from their friend.  As always the illustrations are fabulous.  Sure to become a Halloween favorite.

Alright friends, that is our list of Halloween books that have been huge hits.   I am sure that there are others out there that I haven’t come across yet, let me know, in the comments section, if I have left off one of your families favorites.  I am always looking for another book to add to the petites collection.

 

 

Perfect Presents for One Year Olds: Part 1

Sometimes it is really hard to know what to get those cuddly little petites in your life.  I know before I had kids of my own, I would sometimes struggle to find the perfect gift or know what was really age appropriate.  Now, that I have two kids of my own and numerous others that I buy gifts for, I am starting to find a pattern in my gift giving.

I love to give a book, shocking I know, an English teacher who likes to give children books.  Books are really fun, but when you’re one, you always want a toy too.  So I have been choosing a book and then a toy that goes along with it.  One of my dear friends has the sweetest little girl who just loves books.  We got her, what I think is a pretty perfect present.  Although the pages are a little delicate for one year old hands, I think that reading a child a book of any format at any age is perfection.

Tea Rex by Molly Idle

I have written about this book before, Molly Idle has created some of the most amazing illustrations in Tea Rex.  This book is so cute!  I really love this story about a T-Rex who comes over to have a spot of tea.  He is just a little bit too big for a proper tea party, but that doesn’t stop him from joining in.  To go along with this fabulous book, is possibly one of the cutest toys my daughter has: the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Say Please Tea Set.  It is so incredibly sweet to watch a one year old use this tea set in her playing.  She pretends to eat, rather she chews on the petifores and takes sips of tea.  So precious.  My five year old even plays with her taking turns pouring the tea (it makes a pouring sound); which makes it all the more fun to have a tea party with.

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This little teapot sings catchy little songs like, “Would you like a spot of tea, one for you one for me, lets take turns and always say please and thank you”.  Yes, I’ve heard it a few times.  Did I mention it is in a British accent?  Adorable.  It also has an off switch, which makes it priceless.

If you like this post, check back in again, I am going to add a few more post about my favorite gifts for petites.

What are some of your favorite toys to give little ones?  Tell me in the comments section, I’d love to hear what your favorites are.

 

 

My Feet are Happier Without Socks: Let’s Talk About Einstein

On a Beam of Light

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne; is a fascinating read for kids and parents alike.  This story captures what it is to think, use your imagination and be filled with curiosity and wonder about the mysteries of the world that surrounds us.  The book starts out describing the unconditional love of Albert’s parents.  How they supported him and offered him a compass to discover all the mysteries of the world.

This story depicts a curious young Einstein so curious that he has endless questions that just need to be answered and solved.  Vladimir Radunsky has created amazing illustrations that capture all we know and love about Einstein.  One of my favorite parts of the story is when Einstein plays music and that music allows him to unlock secrets and mysteries – helping him to focus and think.   Another fabulous illustration is when Einstein discovered that atoms are what the world is made of, Radunsky pixilates his illustrations for this page to make this connection all the more clear.

This book is geared toward 1st grade and up.  I could really see this being useful for petites who are quiet and doing a lot of thinking.  As well as students who have a lot of questions.  This is a story that talks about a genius who was once a little boy who asked a lot of questions who grew into a man who still asked a lot of questions.

I think that this could be a great book to use with 4th and 5th graders who are writing biographies or researching our great thinkers.  A fun follow-up activity could be to write Einstein a letter.  Another way would be to have this book out along with other artifacts about Einstein, a compass, newspaper clippings, photographs, etc.

Another self to text connection could be to have students think about a place that they like to think and write about it giving as much detail as to why they like to think there, or if it is not a real place where they imagine the best place to think would be.  I would use this page as a platform for this text to self connection writing/journal topic.

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This book is fabulous from cover to cover.  The illustrations are fantastic and really bring to life what the inside of Einstein’s mind might have been like.   This books would be a great addition to any library and if you can get your hands on it and share it with your petites they will be all the better for having this wonderful story read to them.

Happy Reading,

Erin

 

My love affair with Jane Austen

It's All About Austen

Did you know that there is a 10 day Jane Austen Festival happening right now in Bath, UK?  Oh my goodness, an addition has been made to my bucket list.  I am now wondering if I could possibly get my hubby to dress up like Mr. Darcy?  Okay, if not Darcy then Edmond Bertram?  So this festival looks beyond awesome they have lectures, tours, talks, book readings and wait for it a costumed promenade!  Need I say more?  No, I didn’t think so.  Just look how much fun these Janeites are having?  The costume possibilities…oh my.  Clearly if you are not an Austen fan, then this is not your cup of tea.

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I don’t know what it is in particular that I love so much about Austen, or how I can read the books over and over again.  I think it is her timeless characters that, although they are 200 years old now, still are valid in their pursuits and ideas.  I love that there is wit and cynicism amongst some of my favorites.  Fanny Price from Mansfield Park is my ultimate favorite Austen character.  Some facts about Pride and Prejudice….soldiers coming home from WWI were given copies to read for its soothing qualities.  Winston Churchill would read his copy during times of stress.   I myself find her books to be quite calming, more so like old friends when I read them over and over again.  I do have to say I like Winston Churchill all the more knowing he would turn to Ms. Austen in times of strife.

Well if you can’t get to Bath this weekend for the final days of the festival you might as well check out some of these fine Austen inspired items.  Get ready to get your geek on.

Pride and Prejudice Play Set

Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice Play Set – I’ve made my love for all things BabyLit known.  These little play set is just the cutest with little cutouts, what is not to love about it.

Keep Calm and Read Jane Austen Pillow

Keep Calm and Read Jane Austen Pillow – Can’t you just see this fabulous pillow in your book nook?   I am lusting for the pillow and the nook right about now.  The only real question to ask is which book to start reading first.

I Heart Darcy Tote

I Heart Darcy Tote – Darcy does get all the love, but it’s well worth it, don’t you think?  Perfect bag to cart books to and from the library or to your Jane Austen book club perhaps?

Quote Print

Pride and Prejudice Quote Print – I don’t mean to swoon, but this print is just lovely.

Mr. Darcy Plush

Mr. Darcy Plush – Seriously cute, perfect for even the smallest of Austen fans.

Baby Lit Books

Books – Pride and Prejudice  or Sense and Sensibility – adorable primers for your petites.  Start those babies off on the right foot to be the next generation of Janeites.

Darcy Proposal Onesie

Darcy’s Proposal Onesie – How cute would it be to have your baby, reading Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibilities board books while wearing this?!  I’m thinking my petite needs this immediately.  Baby Janeite, yes please.

Jane Austen 7 Book Anthology

Jane Austen Anthology of Seven Novels – this anthology has been out there for a while now, but its lovely leather bound cover and over 1200 gilded pages make it quite the Austen fan collectable.

 

 

Mr. Darcy Proposal- Pink and Charcoal Scarf

Darcy’s Proposal Scarf – You can feel the chill in the air and what better to keep you warm than this adorable scarf.

Lizzy Bennet's Diary

 

Lizzie Bennet’s Diary – This diary was just published in the spring and it is so cute, has little flaps you can lift and is filled will all sorts of cuteness.  It gives a great introduction into the novel and does so in a way that looks like a scrapbook diary.

Quote Shirt

Pride and Prejudice T-shirt – I love this shirt, it is incredibly unique and everyone really should wear shirts, so why not wear a cool Pride and Prejudice one?

Hopefully this post will make you smile or find the perfect present for your favorite Austen fan.

Happy Weekend,
Erin

 

A Tangerine Dress and a Fabulous Story

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A few months ago we were at our local independent bookstore.  This bookstore is awesome…the type of place you could lose track of time.  My husband found this book on the shelves and we were sold.  Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress, by Christine Baldacchino with illustrations by Isabelle Malenfant is a touching story.  It is about a young boy named Morris, his favorite activity at school is the dress up center, he loves the tangerine dress.  His classmates tease him and exclude him from playing their games because they don’t understand.  Morris retreats into his imagination and what a great one it is.

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This story brought a tear to my eye, because I have known so many little kids who have loved to do things that are not “typically” in their gender role.  In my opinion there is nothing wrong with this, and I love that this story gives trying new things and doing what you love a spot center stage.  I want my girls to know that being different, or liking different things is okay.  That doing what you love is okay.  That doing the things that make you happy and make you smile is okay.  Above all I want them to know that I love them for who they are.  I love Morris Micklewhite and hope you will too.  This book is a fabulous book that, in my opinion, should be in every school library and in the hands of all of our petites.

Happy Reading,
Erin