13 April 2010

Pop-Ups, Choo-Choo Trains, and Silly Soup

The good man brought back some lovely children's books from his week-long trip to the USofA, along with some other cool stuff. I have always been a sucker for kiddies books...my mom loves to tell the tale of how I used to station myself near the book stand whenever we went to the department store, and would finish reading a couple of books while my parents went grocery shopping!! Parents are really proud of what their kids can do, aren't they, including reading an entire book without having to pay for it!! (This is soooo off the record, Okay???)

Anyhoo, I was 8 years old then, and now...well, I am a little older, okay...STOP counting...no, don't do that...

Okay, suffice to say, I still love kiddies books, and so does my Debbie, and we read together all the time...and she recognizes every story we have ever looked at... and I will now stop myself from going into an "I have a genius for a kid" rant...By the way, did I tell you that, this morning, Debbie got up on a chair, opened the CD drive of the computer (which was on), removed the boring music CD inside, opened up a Mickey Mouse Education Game CD box, inserted the CD, and sat down coolly to watch it!! My husband and I just stared for a whole 2 minutes, and then went to pick our jaws off the floor! She is 2.8 yrs old...!!!!!

So, these are the books that have kept her quiet, and out of our hair for the past week...
These were all gifts for Debbie from a good friend...

Everyone's Sleepy by Ed Vere - This is about how this little bear sees all the creatures around falling asleep, and finally goes to sleep himself. The repetitive nature of the words add a lulling effect that any energetic kid needs to settle down at bed time.

Richard Scarry's Pop-Up Numbers - Pop-ups are fun! End of story. Better if they are about numbers, and perfect for a little girl soon to start Pre-school.

Barney's Alphabet Soup by Mary Ann Dudko - Some silliness that every little kid needs, even when learning the alphabets (because the alphabet is serious business, people!). However, no points for guessing how ice cream, quiche, carrots, radishes, doughnuts, and all that taste in a soup! Silly, I guess!

In the Garden with Van Gogh by Julie Merberg & Suzanne Bober - I am still pleasantly surprised at a book whose sole purpose is to let little kindergartners gaze at classic paintings! This is a total Win!

Bake Sale - I could not find a link for this...so, my four readers (really, there are only about 4), if you find a link, please let me know...in your comments...not at work or at home, when you see me...that doesn't count as readership...please people, give me a leg up here!

The AtoZ book by Sandra Bounton - which was absolutely funny, but with really weird animals that I have not heard about at all...for goodness sake, what is an aardvark?!?!?

 My wild-haired child is frowning with interest (yes, we're Indians and we frown with interest) at a Princess Book to Color (again, no link, help please..)
This, here, is a train that doubles as a toy and a book. James the Red Engine by Rev. W. Awdry was lotsa fun. Debbie loved it (so did I!)

That's all folks, till next time...!


Anonymous said...

Wow! Cool books! Wud love to have a look:-)

Anonymous said...

The Aardvark (Orycteropus afer) (afer: from Africa) is a medium-sized, burrowing, nocturnal mammal native to Africa.[2] It is the only living species of the order Tubulidentata,[3] although other prehistoric species and genera of Tubulidentata are known.

It is sometimes called "antbear", "anteater", or "Cape anteater" (after the Cape of Good Hope). The word "aardvark" is famous for being one of the first entries to appear in many encyclopaedias and even abridged dictionaries. The name comes from the Afrikaans/Dutch[4] for "earth pig" or "ground pig" (aarde earth/ground, varken pig), because early settlers from Europe thought it resembled a domestic pig. However, the aardvark is not closely related to the pig; rather, it is the sole recent representative of the obscure mammalian order Tubulidentata, in which it is usually considered to form a single variable species of the genus Orycteropus, the sole surviving genus in the family Orycteropodidae. The aardvark is not closely related to the South American anteater, despite sharing some characteristics and a superficial resemblance.[5] The closest living relatives of the aardvark are the elephant shrews, along with the sirenians, hyraxes, tenrecs, and elephants. Together, these animals form the superorder Afrotheria.

Jane Hamilton said...

Wow! thanks Anon!! Great research!!
I will never again have to say: "for goodness sake, what is an aardvark?!?!?"

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