Archive for March, 2011

Press Here by Herve Tullet

Daughter’s age when read: 3.5 yrs old

I was fortunate enough to get a preview of this book when I visited the Chronicle Books office in San Francisco.  I knew my daughter would love it so I pre-ordered it and got it yesterday.  We read it for the first time tonight and it was an instant hit that required reading it 3 times.  I had to put my foot down that it was time for bed and we would read it again tomorrow.  The concept was so cute and it’s great for those kids who love interactive books.  It opens up with a yellow dot and instructions to press on the dot.  When you turn the page you now have two yellow dots.  The whole book has step by step directions to do things like pressing dots, tilting the book, shaking the book and seeing what happens as the dots multiply and move around.  My daughter was amazed that pressing a dot would make them multiply or change color and was giggling the whole time waiting to see what would happen on the next page.  She really got into it as it had you clapping your hands to make the dots grow larger.  There are just so many great things about this book.  It definitely lived up to my expectations and was so much fun to read to my daughter.  I highly suggest this book to everyone with kids.  You can check out this post if you want to see a video with more about the book and kids reactions.

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Mo Willems New Series-Amanda and Her Alligator

 

My daughter is a huge fan of the Piggie and Elephant books from Mo Willems and has also enjoyed the Knuffle Bunny books so I was really excited to see that Mo Willems is coming out with a new series next month!  Here’s the description from the HarperCollins website:

6½ stories about 2 surprising friends.

Having a stuffed alligator for a best friend can be surprising.

Sometimes Amanda surprises her alligator with books. Sometimes Alligator surprises Amanda by eating them.

But what happens when Amanda brings home a special—and not entirely welcome—surprise? The result might be unexpected indeed.

Beloved author-illustrator Mo Willems has created a funny and tender portrait of friendship that readers of any age will love.

It will be available April 26.  I cannot wait to check it out.

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Turtle Time

Not book related but munchkin related.  Here is my first attempt at sewing something for my 3 year old daughter.

It turned out kind of rough but not bad for my first attempt if I do say so myself.  I am totally not a crafty person so I am amazed I didn’t totally botch it.  Hoping she likes it when I give it to her.  I got the pattern from Etsy along with a hedgehog pattern that is so cute!

This will be my second project (the one on the bottom right):

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Zinnia’s Flower Garden by Monica Wellington

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

In this book Zinnia starts planting her spring garden and watches as it grows from seeds to a garden full of flowers.  She then talks about what she does in her garden, then as fall and winter come she gathers seeds and dreams of what kind of garden she will plant next season.  Each page is like a scrapbook with a central picture and little drawings, explanations, etc going around the picture.

This is the perfect book for this time of year.  My daughter and I just recently planted strawberry, blueberry and celery plants and are watching them grow.  She has her own little watering can and she helps me weed the yard.  So we have a lot of fun going through each page of this book and talking about what is going on in the main picture as well as what the little pictures in the borders are or what the diagrams are showing.  She now knows the stages of the seed to the sprout, the plant, the bud and the flower.  We just started talking about the picture that shows the different parts of the flower.  The terms are a little technical for her to remember but she still has fun going over it.  If you have a little one that enjoys working out in the yard this is a fun book to pick up.  I think we might be referring to this one as spring and summer progresses.  My daughter has always been fascinated by how plants and trees change throughout the seasons.

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