Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thankful for: Family!

This past week I went home to spend some time with my family. Now, if you know me, and even if you don't know me very well, you can still know how much I love my family. The Pickles, and Nanie's Crew are both very important to me, and in order to know and understand who I am, you must first understand who my family is. They are an incredible unit full of hilarious, smart, refreshing, inspiring and amazing people. So this week's blog post is all about family. 

The Kids' Family Tree Book
by:Caroline Leavitt
Plot: Who are my ancestors? What nationalities were they? What work did they do? Kids are always bursting with questions about their family history; they want more stories, more details, more facts. With these research ideas and creative projects, young would-be genealogists can get the knowledge they crave. Find out how to interview family members, dig up information from libraries and the Internet, and check the National Archives for passenger lists of newly-arrived immigrants. Uncover clues in old photos or birth, marriage, and death records. Preserve the knowledge you’ve gathered in a crayon batik family tree or a homemade diary that features favorite family stories, recipes, and traditions. Keep the togetherness going by planning a family reunion, starting a family newsletter, and more.

Stop that Pickle!
by: Peter Armour
Plot: Armour's comic, kid-pleasing escapade begins when Mrs. Elmira Deeds says to a deli owner, "I would like a pickle, please." But the lone green pickle sitting in the jar refuses to be eaten and flees the deli. Running down the street, it is followed by a peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich and other comestibles, all of which cry out, "Stop that pickle!" Inevitably, the other foodstuffs are devoured and the pickle allowed to continue its flight (why it's okay to eat, say, 17 toasted almonds but not a pickle remains a mystery). Shachat, the illistrator, ( You Can't Catch Me ) contributes zany childlike art: the various snacks, personified with bulging eyes and short stubby legs, race across busy backgrounds. A hoot. Ages 4-8. 

This book was too cute not to pick! (Get it- PICK) haha

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