Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Bad Dad

I don't know about in your household, but in ours, Dad does things differently than I do.  Is this a bad thing? Is he a "bad dad?" 

In the hilarious children's book, Bad Dad by Derek Munson, Dad also does a lot differently than Mom. Dad lets the kids keep their rooms however the like it (messy!), bans brussel sprouts from the table, plays ball inside the house, lets the kids stay up late and watch scary movies....he's bad, that dad.  Dad even falls asleep on the couch because he was up late playing video games. Again. 

But is he really that "bad?" 

No, of course not!  Just like in my household, different doesn't mean bad. Sure, there are some things that Dad does that I have to laugh at (ice cream at 10 am on a Sunday doesn't seem like a great idea, especially before naps!) but Dad is his own character.  He parents on his own.  And that's the way it should be. Appreciating those differences (and sometimes laughing at them) can be healthy for everyone. 

In this book, Dad buys the children drum sets and lets them play even though they are loud, gets them a hamster, would fight grizzly bears, and always tries hard.  He's not that bad at all, actually.  He carries them to bed and makes them laugh. 

We just loved this book by Derek Munson, the same author who wrote Enemy Pie (reviewed on this blog several months ago.)  It's such a wonderful reminder to families everywhere that everyone does things differently and to appreciate Dad for all that he does.  It makes a great book to read with Dad for Father's Day! 

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Story Blanket

Because I have been a customer at The Storybook Shoppe for a few years now, Miss Nancy has really gotten to know which books our family loves. It's not just me that she does this with.  She knows hundreds of local children and their parents and always provides personal recommendations based on their interests. It's one of the things I love most about this charming shop. 

The Story Blanket by Ferida Wolff, illustrations by Harriet May Savitz, is right up my alley (and therefore my son and daughters!) I tend to gravitate towards books about peace and harmony, the world being interconnected, sharing and love. I just like to read stories that teach these messages.  The Story Blanket is about Babba, a woman who reads to children on a beautiful story blanket each week.  One day she discovers a few of the children need socks, but she has no yarn.  As she unravels the story blanket to make nice warm socks for children in need, a scarf for the mailman, a shawl for the grocer, the blanket gets smaller and smaller. When the village people learn all that Babba has done for them, they return the favor. The blanket becomes big again with the help of a village. 

We enjoyed the whimsical illustrations in this picture book, too. Not overly realistic but simplistic and colorful -- just perfect for children. 

My four-year-old daughter, Molly, understood this story implicitly and I marveled at how she picked up on it so easily. We spent a few minutes after the story was finished talking about nice things to do for other people, what a "random act of kindness" is and how we could make the world a nicer place.  Really, we did! And I love that a book can genuinely spark that conversation. 

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014


This is a wonderful story about Angela Bowling who adopts a bird and a humorous tale of how she spoils the bird rotten.  It's a classic story of an overbearing "mother" and what happens when you try to tame a wild animal.  (Hint: it doesn't work out! He needs rooms to spread his wings but he'll come back for a visit!) 

Loveykins, written and illustrated by Quentin Blake, was recommended to us by Miss Nancy at The Storybook Shoppe and we just laughed out loud when reading this one! Between her feeding the pet bird, Augustus, chocolate cake and eclairs to her wrapping him tightly in scarves and blankets while walking him in a stroller with an umbrella to protect him from the sun or rain..... we just got a kick out of it here in the O'Regan household. 

Sir Quentin Blake is the Brittish illustrator of many treasured children's books, famously including books by Roald Dahl. He was born in 1932 in England and "has been drawing ever since he can remember."  He was a teacher at The Royal College of Art, curated work at The Musee du Petit Palis in Paris, The National Gallery and the Brittish Library.  He's an accomplished and talented illustrator and writer with hundreds of acclaimed books for kids, and seems to have a witty sense of humor. 

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Here's a book that I want to buy 10 copies of and give to each of my close friends that have children. It really is that good.  And if you have kids and don't read it and have tears in your eyes, or at least get choked up, I would really be shocked.  Someday by Alison Meghee and Peter H. Reynolds was recommended to me by Miss Nancy at The Storybook Shoppe, and is the story of a mother's love and all of her wishes for her child to experience life to the fullest. Bring out the tissues and get ready! 

This story goes through each stage of a mother/child relationship. 

This is true, isn't it?  Sometimes I watch my kids sleep (though it sounded creepy to me before I was a parent, there's something about seeing your kid so peaceful and dreaming!) 

And then you don't count their baby toes and fingers anymore, and don't watch them dream as much. All kids grow up... 

And then children have their own children.... This page reads "Someday I will watch you brushing your child's hair." 

And then "someday, a long time from now, your own hair will glow silver in the sun. And when that day comes, love, you will remember me." 

This book made me think about my mom and how she is now watching me raise my own children. It made me think that she won't be here one day and how sad that made me!  It made me think that I will watch my daughter brush her children's hair one day, and then I won't be here one day either.  And then the cycle will continue, generation after generation.  

Life is incredibly short and something truly to be cherished. I want Molly and Connor to feel deep joy, feel alive racing, singing and swinging, explore nature and the world around them -- everything and more that this book said.  We absolutely love and cherish this book, and I couldn't recommend it more. 

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