Wednesday, September 24, 2008

What do y'all read?

Once K was old enough to pick out a book to read, the book of choice was Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel. Now I know how my mother felt! It didn't take too much of that to make us head to the library. Our library has a list of 30 titles every child should know. We own quite a few of them (listed in bold).

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
The Mitten by Jan Brett
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
Olivia by Ian Falconer
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Owen by Kevin Henkes
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Swimmy by Leo Lionni
Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin
Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
Lyle, Lyle Crocodile by Bernard Weber
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
The Napping House by Audrey Wood
How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? By Jane Yolen
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

I'd of course like to add the previous mentioned Tikki, Tikki, Tembo along with:

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
Frederick by Leo Lionni
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff

What do y'all read? Any MUST HAVE suggestions for a first grader?

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

We fry everything in Texas

I saw in the Dallas Morning News today that the winner of this year's State Fair fried food contest is chicken fried bacon....uck. That just sounds horribly disgusting to me. The fried grilled cheese or deep fried smores sound a little more appetizing. As for the fried Jelly Bellys, that just sounds like a waste of grease.

Labor Day weekend

I spent most of yesterday cleaning out the guest bedroom closet. How in the world I can accumulate so much stuff I will never know. Going to try to list some of it on e-bay tonight. Does anyone else have TOTES of holiday decorations? I used to be so deligent at decorating throughout the year...not anymore. I'm lucky to get the Halloween candy bowl out...and don't get me started on the Christmas tree. In my dream home, I'm going to have a closet I can wheel that thing in and out of. No more putting it up, fluffing the branches, stringing the lights, hanging the ornaments...only to take it all down. I threw out so many Easter baskets/containers. I really need to look at buying one "permanent" basket and using it for the next several years. I like this one from Good Pails to Have
It's springy, yet could be used for something else once the whole Easter Bunny thing is over. Elexis of Good Pails sent me some handmade magnets and thumb tacks and they were just the cutest thing. Now our message board is stylin'!