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#blogbookaday: This House, Once

10 Jan

34430239.jpgSummary:  “Deborah Freedman’s masterful new picture book is at once an introduction to the pieces of a house, a cozy story to share and explore, and a dreamy meditation on the magic of our homes and our world.

Before there was this house,
there were stones,
and mud,
and a colossal oak tree—
three hugs around
and as high as the blue.

What was your home, once?

This poetically simple, thought-provoking, and gorgeously illustrated book invites readers to think about where things come from and what nature provides.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: I love this book – it is quiet and whimsical and simple and beautiful in all the best ways. The words conjure up such specific pictures in my mind, while the hazy, soft illustrations are gorgeous. I loved this perspective of what a house was before it became something so important – how each piece was gathered together to create something safe and warm. Plus, with an adorable little cat that you follow throughout the simple text, how can you go wrong?

Personal Reaction: I can picture the author’s house in my mind as she explains how each piece fits together so perfectly. I have fond memories of my childhood home with it wraparound front porch, its’ warm, cozy sunroom and the way it creaked and groaned as it said good night. This book would work well for a variety of ages from preschool through middle school even – you could definitely use this title to talk about habitat, natural resources and looking at an inanimate object in a new way. You could also pair this title with Wishtree by Katherine Applegate to look at trees in a whole new way!

Title: This House, Once
Author: Deborah Freedman
Illustrator: Deborah Freedman
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 28, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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Digger Day

15 Aug

I’ve seen a couple similar posts in the past few weeks and I think most of my fellow public librarians understand – I’ve hit my summer reading wall!  I’m thoroughly exhausted and am tired of trying to keep everything in the same theme!  Thankfully, last night was our last “big” program for summer reading!!!  We only have a few more smaller programs to get through and we can begin focusing on fall activities.

We hosted Digger Day last night and although the crowd was smaller than I had hoped it would be, it turned out to be a great evening!  To kick-off the evening we had about 10 middle school students perform to short reader’s theatre skits that focused on our theme (Dirty Gert by Ted Arnold and the classic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.).  They also were great sports and did all the hand motions for The Green Grass Grew All Around.  After our skits were finished the entire crowd walked out to the library’s front yard to watch the big diggers plant a tree!  We were lucky enough to have a tree care company in our community not only donate their time, the diggers, but also donated the tree for us as well!  The young kids were very impressed by the diggers – especially getting the chance to see them at work!

IMG_20130814_104521Afterwards the crowd was invited to taste our Edible Book Contest creations.  For the past five years, we’ve offered an edible book contest to our summer readers and their families.  The only rules – it has to be edible and somehow related to a children’s book!  It’s great because we give all the kids a small trophy and superlative and then the creations are used as refreshments at our final program!

Summer reading is (finally!) winding down and I can’t wait to get started on fall programming and hopefully cross a few things off my to-do list that have been sitting there since June!

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