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Love for God’s Word Part II

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We continue to do devotions at home with our ABC bible verse book. We look up those verses in our bible and highlight them. Then it occurred to me… why not start reading the bible itself with Sprinter? So I did, the previous week. For some reason, I was just drawn to the Book of Daniel (maybe because I just studied it in my bible class) so I decided this would be the first book I’d introduce my son to. I just had a good feeling about it… in fact I was just sharing with my friends yesterday morning that the Book of Daniel has ‘drama’ elements that hooks a reader… and there are only 12 chapters! (always a bonus:P)

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Little Pea, Little Hoot, Little Oink

Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal Ages: 3 up
Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Ages: 3 up

Sunshine’s current favourites are Little Pea and Little Hoot. There’s Little Oink too but strange it’s nowhere to be found… hmmm maybe I loaned it out to a friend…

I read this to Sunshine last night and it was so interesting to watch her expression/reaction as I was reading the story. I still recall the time when I first introduced this book to Sprinter (he was around Sunshine’s age too!)… and he was just giggling and giggling non-stop. He was SO tickled by the story. It turned out to be a laughter therapy for us haha.
But my little girl… she was intense during the read last night. So intense – she was absolutely captivated! The funny storyline didn’t tickle her… it baffled her and she was displaying intense amusement while trying very hard to make sense of it all. If you haven’t read the story… read on. I’ll tell you why.

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Make Way for Robert McCloskey II

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Our post on McCloskey continues as we read his books again at home. Blueberries for Sal is another favourite of Sprinter’s from our McCloskey collection. It won a Caldecott award and this made Robert McCloskey the first ever two-time Caldecott Medal winner.

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Make Way for Robert McCloskey I

I love many of the books Robert McCloskey wrote/illustrated so it’s really exciting that we get to read his books again for our “Storytime with Author” time. There’s something special about his books… his illustrations are stunning and as true-to-life as they can be. The stories behind his stories are even more interesting too! I’ll share more below.

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Robert McCloskey’s books are a classic. For a man whose initial plans were only to make a living as an artist, McCloskey certainly surprised himself when he decided to try his hand at writing children’s book because his art career was a ‘bust’. His books today are some of the best loved children’s classics. His most enduring book is perhaps the famous Make Way For Ducklings, a Caldecott winner – an absolute favourite of mine. So here’s more on why our family love McCloskey and our thoughts on this book (in this post) and a few others we love (next post.)

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Love for God’s Word

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“There is no education more important than God’s education.”

I remember being surprised at myself as these words poured out of my mouth. I was responding to a friend as she talked about various class choices she had to make for her child. Those words may have been my advice to her but I knew He put those words in my heart. Those words were meant for me.

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Look back… Kevin Henkes

I promised an update on how our “storytime with author” went. 🙂 We enjoyed revisiting Kevin Henkes’ books. Sprinter seems to look forward to it everytime. He now knows the name by heart. He doesn’t know much about the author (and takes no interest haha) but he knows which books he wrote. 🙂

It seemed a pity to read, have fun and then let it go just like that if you know what I mean. So I googled and found some great ideas. We decided to borrow the ‘comparison chart’ idea and further our author time with Kevin Henkes.

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Greek Mythology for Sunshine (and babies!)

I mentioned Ms Sunshine is also into Greek myths. But she’s reading an entirely different range of books from her brother. Kor Kor’s book of stories are way to complex and long for her. Having said that, the current range is perfect for babies and toddler. (Sunshine is in the pre-schooler stage and I recognize I should be introducing slightly more matured books to her. But I keep forgetting that! We still see her as ‘our sweet baby’ in the house.)

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I found these really adorable Mini Myths books last year and they are just perfect for little ones, yes even babies. They are very hardy, made from good quality thick cardboard and are just the right size for the very littles to put the books on their laps to read. Continue reading “Greek Mythology for Sunshine (and babies!)”

Greek Myths for Sprinter

My kids are currently fascinated by Greek mythology. Both Sprinter and Sunshine… and they have their own favourites. Sprinter is into A Child’s Introduction to Greek Mythology by Heather Alexander, and Sophie is into a brilliant series of books for toddlers authored by Joan Holub (more in my next post).

A lovely hardcover book that caught my eye at a bookshop... I was just drawn to it too and knew my son would be too!
A lovely hardcover book that caught my eye at a bookshop… I was just drawn to it too and knew my son would be too!

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Let’s Revisit… Kevin Henkes

We are blessed with so many books we love in our house… and our collection keeps growing! And yet it’s difficult to decide what we want to read sometimes. What a shame too when we fail to revisit good books time to time because we’re drawn to new books. (Yes, I do realize I need to hold back my shopping spree appetite… I have tried… still trying… tsk tsk… my hubby is just glad they’re not bags haha)

An idea. We’ll host a ‘Storytime with xyz author” in our house! There are so many great authors we simple adore yet have forgotten about them for a while… so perhaps this project will enable us to appreciate them again (and mummy to revisit some of my favourites too!) I won’t be surprised if some of these books sound ‘new’ to Sprinter because it’s been more than two years since we’ve read some of them!

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