Kids Book Corner

  • Goose Girl
  • Mrs. Frisby and The Rats of NIMH
  • Peter and The Shadow Thieves
  • Peter and The Star Catchers
  • Simon Bloom, The Gravity Keeper
  • Stella Brite and The Dark Matter Myster
  • The Island of The Blue Dolphins
  • The Phantom Toll Booth
  • The School Library Journal
  • The Sisters Grimm
  • Tuck Everlasting


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My Day

I finished yanking most of the stuff out of the boys' room so I could steam clean their carpet. Best laid plans went a the boys furniture is in the hall and in our room until I can get the steam cleaner repaired/rent one/or my mom will replace my old machine with a new one for her that I can borrow. Either way it will get done.

2. I took photos for the yearbook, again today, of High Touch, High Tech. This program is an in-school field trip. Eve's class was there today. I was able to see her with the bugs, which was the theme.

3. I was also the library volunteer for the afternoon. I really dig this opportunity to talk books with kids and adults.

4. Made a pan of baklava for my Aunt Loly's Christmas present. My mom will deliver it on Saturday. Made up the fixin's for another pan for Thanksgiving at my dad's house. I just need to buy some more honey.

5. Laughed, but though it wasn't a bad idea, when Michael said that if a movie was ever made of his life he wanted the role to go to Tim Roth.

******Current Personal Reading Book***

I'm enjoying the insights.

*********Book Reviews*******

I recommend this book to all tween girls and their older counterparts. I enjoyed the twist on the fairytale stories. There is a lot of bumps and bruises on the way to true love and the fairytale ending, but it kept the story lively. The part of the story with the leprechaun, the computer gremlins and Ding Dongs was quite amusing. Oh how I do appreciate shampoo and a good bath too after reading this book. It's fun read...give it a try.

A girl trying to figure out who she wants to be and trying to be comfortable in her own skin. This is a so so book for girls who feel a bit out of sorts becoming a tween.
I ended up reading this book on my walk to the park. I was supposed to return the book to the library because Rachel had already read it. I'm interested in the books she reads. She likes some of mine too. She will be reading The Help after she finishes My Fair Godmother. I actually read My Fair Godmother before she did because I saw it on Kim's shelfari.

*******Amazon Delivery that caused the most excitement at the house:

These new books will be our up coming family night reads:

We will actually read this one first.

:::::::::::NCIS...Power Down:

Check out the show if you have time . There is even a Dr. Who reference, which made me laugh. A Kojak reference too. I watch/watched both shows.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ding Dong

The kids are preparing the "Ding Dong Cobbler":

It is made with yellow cake mix, Ding Dongs, marshmallows, and hot cocoa mix.

Michael cooks the Cobbler and a Chicken Gumbo concoction:

Eve with one of the ropes:

Eve plays with her shadow:

Aaron belays Rachel and Michael gives some climbing suggestions:

Aaron lets his feet dangle for fun when he gets to the top:

Noah found a handprint his size:

Eve plays on the rocks:

We all think stickbugs are so cool:

I went up on two routes. I didn't top out on the second, but I got pretty close for being so rusty. No photos because Michael was belaying me and the kids were exploring the rock formations.

***The Noahism from the trip:
***edited (Noah was misquoted by me...thanks for reminding me, Michael)
We were sitting in the tent and Noah piped up, "You know those books by that comedian..."Are you sure you're not a redneck"? We all busted out laughing. We told him they were called "You might be a redneck". His matter of fact title just seemed a heck of a lot funnier. I can't remember the point he was trying to make, but this was great for the rest of the day.

******Book Review*****

The voices are distinct for each character. Growing up in the South I hear these voices and their is some familiarity. The voice of Aibleen is one that I particularly enjoy. Kathryn Stockett does help crack the veneer of Southern gentility. There was more than one occasion when I was younger when a relative of mine would be friends with a specific black person, but whisper under their breath that they didn't want a black person to be seated next to them in a restaurant. I always found that odd.
Each of the stories were woven together so well about this community where secrets were kept, while so many people seemed to know everybody elses business. I wanted to hug Aibleen and Louvenia. I wanted to listen to Minny talk about life. I kept wanting Leroy to man up and stop drinking. I wanted Stuart to pour out all of the bourbon. I bristled at the horrors and indignanties that human beings who happened to have a different skin color had to endure by people professing to be morally, spiritually and mentally superior. Her message of mutual respect is one that, unfortunately, needs to be retold.

p.s. the story about the word Crisco is priceless.

Later, gators!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

All Hail the Inclined Plane!

My dad built a ramp out of plywood, then used a rope to get their piano onto a trailer by himself. He drove it to our house, which took him another hour. Backed the trailer up our driveway and remade the ramp system to get the piano off the trailer and a ramp up our front stairs. Michael came home during his lunch hour to help dad move it off the trailer and up into the house. He wouldn't even let us buy him lunch. Eve is absolutely thrilled. Dad said he brought it because Eve wanted it so much. When she came home from school she clapped and squealed for joy and sat down to play. We just need to get it tuned because it is flat and find an instructor we can afford.

******Book Review***********

What a fun way to make a classic into something very quirky, while remaining true to the spirit of the characters. This story seems like something that was discussed over several beers and a triple dog dare to be put to paper. I thought it was a hoot.

::::::::::::::Family Camping/Climbing*****

Michael took us all to Sand Rock, Alabama to go camping and rock climbing. I'll post some more photos and tell some stories tomorrow.