Wednesday, April 30, 2014

All The World

One of our favorites in The O'Regan household for a few year now is Liz Garton Scanlon's peaceful All The World.  Miss Nancy at The Storybook Shoppe recommended it to us a few years ago and it's a treasured favorite. With Caldecott Honor Medalist Marla Frazee, this beautifully illustrated book lets children know everyone in the world is connected and the world is much larger than just them alone.  It's a book about harmony, peace, family, the environment, and respect. Though the topics are abstract, I believe the overall message is very clear. 

Molly and Connor love the rhythm of the simple sentences like this one. There are endless things to search for in the detailed illustrations. 

The ending, resounding message is "All the world is all of us." It's opens a broader discussion about what that means.

This book makes a wonderful addition to your child's library.  We also love giving it as a birthday present! You can buy it now right here on our blog and have it shipped to your door.  Have you seen our online store? It's open now!  Visit to shop for more books like these and shop for different ages and interests! 

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Miss Nancy at The Storybook Shoppe recommended Superworm, a new book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  My nearly 2 year old son, Connor, has branched out with the books that he likes (up until recently, his interest was limited to just a few favorites.)  He absolutely LOVED this one. Giggled even.

The brightly colored illustrations and friendly looking animals (bees, worms, slugs, toads, and other insects) all captivated his attention.  And the short, rhythmic sentences almost read like a song.  And who can resist a tale about a super hero?  Superworm can save a toad in trouble or a bee in a jam. 

But what happens when the Superworm gets stuck? Will his friends help him?  It's a story about helping your friends and good deeds that come back to you.  We just loved it!  This book makes a great addition to a children's library and makes a good birthday gift.  Toddlers and young children will love it because it keeps everyone entertained.  

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Country Bunny

It's hard to believe that Easter is next weekend!  Miss Nancy and her staff at The Storybook Shoppe have a wonderful selection of Easter books on the front table.  Books for each holiday are such treasured keepsakes. At our home, we display all the seasonable books on the shelf -- almost like decorations!  But more importantly when they are displayed, we read them more often.

Miss Nancy said we had to try The Country Bunny and The Little Gold Shoes by DuBose Heyward and pictures by Marjorie Hack.  It was originally published in 1939 and when reading it, I felt like I was reading a piece of my mother and grandmother. Reading books that past generations read when they were little make me feel good. I feel like I am passing it down to my daughter.

The story is about one mother bunny who manages to accomplish her dreams with 21 children in tow. It's a charming and inspiring story about the pursuit of what she's passionate about -- being one of the 5 Easter Bunnies!  My daughter loved the repetition and rhythm of the words (key for beginning readers) and the beautifully drawn illustrations.

Perhaps best of all for my daughter is the magic in the end.  When she nearly can't complete her task, she gets golden shoes to help her.  Magic! 

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Circle of Friends

We are so lucky that Miss Nancy at The Storybook Shoppe recommended some fabulous new books for our family to enjoy.  My daughter Molly and I came home with a large stack and we sat down last night to dive in.  A Circle of Friends, by Giora Carmi, was among our stack.  Not knowing anything about the book, I opened up the cover and read the dedication. It reads:

"This book is dedicated to all the children in the world, to all the muffins, homeless people, birds, seeds, rain and flowers in the world."

Hmmmm.... I thought.  This is going to be weird.  Molly looked at me and asked -- "what's homeless?" Why muffins? Birds and seeds? 

The beautifully drawn book contains no words.  The viewer has to completely imagine the story based on the pictures.  I let Molly do all the work here.   As she turned the pages, she accurately dictated a story to me about a young child who gives a sleeping [homeless man on a bench] a muffin.  Who feeds the crumbs of the muffin to the birds, who plant a seed in a flower box, which grows into a beautiful flower outside the same boy's apartment.

Here's a story that teaches empathy and illustrates that a simple small act can set off a chain of events. One small act of good will can affect a community and your environment, and that good deed may even come back to you as a reward.

One day I will tackle the subject of homelessness with my children. But for now, I am pleased to see that her imagination and ability to tell stories is very powerful, and happier to see that she understands little acts can have a big impact.

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