Monday, October 26, 2009

GIVEAWAY ALERT! Winter's Tail Book and Prize Pack

Winter's Tail is a brand new Scholastic book release from the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of Owen and Mzee.

Winter is a little bottlenose dolphin who triumphs against all the odds. After being mangled in a crab net, she loses her tail and is rescued and brought to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida. With the miracles of modern technology, a tireless group of prosthetic engineers create a prosthetic tail that enables Winter to swim again. Winter has become an inspiration for millions who must overcome all kinds of difficult challenges in life, especially to children who are amputees themselves. The tale doesn't end there. The special technology used for Winter's prosthetic tail is being used to develop prosthetics for Iraq war veterans who have especially sensitive injuries.

One (1) winner will receive a Winter’s Tail prize pack!

* Dolphin Plush
* Dolphin Key Chain
* Copy of Winter’s Tail: How OneLittle Dolphin Learned to Swim Again Book
* Winter’s Tail game forNintendo DS
To enter the contest please post a comment below and tell us if you have ever seen a dolphin and where (ocean, aquarium, etc..) from October 26 -November 9th
You must be 18 years or older and live in the Continental US to be eligible.

Please make sure we have your email address!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

It's A Bees Knees Book Release Party!

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, It's Here, It's Here!!!!! BeesKneesBooks' much anticipated release of A Wonderful Week by Marjolein Varekamp.
You are officially invited to our release party this Saturday, October 24th, 2009 at Coastside Books in Half Moon Bay, CA. Marjolein will be visiting from her hometown, Netherlands to answer questions and sign books (a rare opportunity) so be sure to be there from 2-4 pm and join us for storytime, refreshments and fun, fun, fun.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Love these girls and their ABC dance on Sesame Street. So much fun!!!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

A Tree That Bears Books

As I am writing, I am also avoiding picking up all the books that are scattered about the living room floor.... Wouldn't it be great to have a tree like this one?!! Designed by Shawn Soh.

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Moon's a Woman

Outside the door of my son's school library were these 2 great discards that I picked up. Both were bound in linen and illustrated with beautiful black and white etchings. Terrapin's Pot of Sense by Harold Courlander (1957) is filled with early African American folklore, narratives based on Old Testament themes, yarns of the supernatural and riddles like this one:
The Moon's A Woman:
River's all muddy,
Creek's gone dry,
If it wasn't for the woman
The men'd all die
Do you know the answer? The sun's a man and the moon's a woman because the sun is regular about his habits (always in the same place at the same time) BUT the moon changes to give us rain.......and "if it didn't ever rain three hundred sixty-five days a year, the sun would set the world on fire wouldn't it?" Then everything would dry up and the men would not survive.
Oh My!
The little green book is Jonathon Bing (1936) by Beatrice Curtis Brown. This one is full of wonderful little poems. I will leave you with a taste from
Jonathon Bing's Dreams:
When Jonathon Bing lies down in his bed
Most wonderful dreams come into his head;
He dreams of purple and pink and blue
And of various colors he never knew.
He will sometimes swim and he'll often fly;
He jumps on a cloud as it passes by-
Bouncing and swooping and floating afar,
He takes off his hat to the Evening star.
And sometimes when Jonathon goes to sleep,
He dreams of a cave which is dark and deep,
Where beautiful sounds go Boom and Bong,
Like a very mysterious ancient song.
Or he sometimes goes where the sky's pale green
And the leaves on the trees are all ultramarine,
Water is silver and apples are gold,
And the amethyst rain is a joy to behold.
"O fortunate Jonathon B.,
I wish in my dreams I could see what you see!"
"Oh, they're fun and they're pretty,"
says Jonathon Bing,
"But the wide-awake world is my favorite thing!"

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


My family has officially relocated to California and we are finally starting to feel settled in for the fall/winter season. Because we are living in a rental apartment, I am coming up with creative ways to make it cozy for the kids. Their bedroom has taken on a woodlands theme. Note the squirrel print from Wonting and acorn decal decor from Ikea. Since the previous post was about autumn foxes, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for me to blog about fall and squirrels.

First I must add this in because
Sleepyking's little plush handmade squirrel is on my favorites list right now. Just look at those cute rosy cheeks!
She even has a cute little brown fox for you, Nancy :)
Sarah from Tilbury House sent me this lovely book: The Very Best Bed as a gift for our new baby. She is so thoughtful and sweet.
It just happens to be about a little bushy gray squirrel. Author/illustrator Rebekah Raye takes us on a little squirrel's search for the coziest place to sleep as the moon rises higher and higher in the autumn sky. Rebekah's animal illustrations are beautiful.
It's a great bedtime story to curl up to with your toddler or pre-schooler and drink hot cocoa with. Enjoy the season!

Saturday, October 3, 2009


I have to share the trailer of The Fox and the Child as this film is gorgeous. Perhaps it is a little slow for what kids are used to watching these days but the cinematography is a visual treat. Filmed in the French and Italian Alps the English version of this French film is narrated by Kate Winslet and tells the story of a 10-year-old girl who befriends a fox. Over the course of a year she and her wild friend share adventures that lead her to the realization that you can not possess what you love- especially foxes that instinctively distrust all potential predators, for good reason. My suggestion- get some hot chocolate and popcorn and enjoy this movie at home with or without kids.

Thinking of foxes, we got the new movie tie-in edition of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox in at the bookstore this week and Quentin Blake's illustrated version as well. Definitely read the story, or read it to your little ones if you haven't already, and then check out the movie.

Of children, Roald Dahl said, "They love being spooked... They love chocolates and toys and money... They love being made to giggle."

This is a wonderful time of year... fields covered in orange pumpkins, crisp mornings, soft sweaters, and rosy-cheeked children!