May 25, 2014

Fall Rain by Pat Moore

Fall Rain is a fun story of a child's journey through the seasons, and his mother's tender advice on dressing for the changing weather.

It is a great book for very young children ages 2-7 years of age, and may be too simplistic for older children. It's perfect however for young children who enjoy rhyming prose and colorful illustrations.

An example of Fall Rain's fun prose is: "In the summer, Mom says whacck! Don't forget your cap!" which shows an illustration of a boy playing baseball. As the writer goes through the seasons, she gives children examples of activities they can enjoy during each season.

Fall Rain is great book to read to your little one as a It starting point for teaching an appreciation of the environment, and especially great for parents who want to encourage their children to take part in activities that don't involve video games, TV, or being on a computer. It is a great book to encourage creative ways to have fun as well as having a love of the changing seasons.

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May 11, 2014

Flower Garden

Garden in a shopping cart -
Garden on a bus -
Garden going up the stairs -
Can you guess what's next?

In Flower Garden, by Eve Bunting, a little girl goes from bus to store and more to create a window garden for her mother's birthday. What a great idea for a Mother's Day gift!

In this delightful story, a father takes his daughter to the local market where they buy a variety of flowers that he and the little girl take home and turn into a window garden. The two ride the bus to the market then hop back on the bus to go home where they go to work cutting and trimming the flowers, putting the potting soil in pots, getting the flowers all ready to set in their apartment window. The mother is surprised with her beautiful gift and birthday cake.

Flower Garden has beautiful illustrations and wonderful rhythmic prose. It's a shows the love a daughter has for her mother, while also showing the love a man has for his wife and daughter by involving his daughter in getting a gift for his wife's birthday. It is a positive family story without trying to be, all while showing gifts don't have to be grandiose and fancy as long as it comes from the heart, a lesson lost upon a lot of today's children.