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Cowgirls, Cowboys and Cowcookies…


Lit for Kids great list for books!

Lit For Kids

posted by Meghan

There are some obsessions that we only seem to have in childhood.  Dinosaurs, knights/princesses, trucks, cowboys – all seem to be things that we could not be passionate about as kids, but all but forget about as adults. (Ok, except the princess thing, which almost every woman I know secretly wants to turn into, and maybe the love of trucks turns to cars, specifically BMW’s and yes, I’m talking to you, honey.)  I guess because there aren’t all that many job listings for paleontologists or cowboys.  But as kids… ah, the fantasies abound.  And so, we bring you our favorite cowboys, cowgirls, and other assorted stetson- wearing creatures.

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Giddy Up, Cowgirlby Jarret Krosoczka

Krosoczka is a huge favorite of ours, and this simple book is no exception.  Cowgirl is a big help to her Momma, in her own way, which any parent of a…

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Meryl Streep – Reading ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’


Review on the Velveteen Rabbit narrated by Meryl Streep!

Meryl Streep Info

Meryl Streep reading “The Velveteen Rabbit”. The official video you can see after the pic below, but the sound isn’t so clear so I put them up on 4shared. Click to download

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Official video:

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Children’s Books


check out abbykutscher’s top children’s books list!

abbykutscher

When I was little, my mother, grandmother, and aunt always read to me. It is thanks to them that I have been a bookworm for my entire life. Recently, I read an article featuring the top books you should read to your children and was disappointed that only a very few of my favorite childhood books made the cut. So here is a list of my top 15. Have you read any of them? What were your favorite books as a child?

1. Stellaluna by: Janell Cannon

2. Once Upon a Potty by: Alona Frankel

3. Emily’s Autumn by: Janice May Udry

4. Mary Ann’s Mud Day by: Janice May Udry

5. Miss Suzy by: Miriam Young

6. Love you Forever by: Robert Munsch

7. How The Rhinoceros Got His Skin by: Jack Nicholson

8. Wombat Stew by: Marcia K. Vaughan

9. Freya’s Fantastic Surprise by: Libby Hathorn

10. The…

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Book Reviews #11


Some awesome book reviews!

Library Mom

I can’t believe this year is almost over! I’ve done pretty good with my reading total this year. It’s been updated twice, though I’m not sure I’ll be able to make to 300 in a month and a half (we’ll see). I’m up to 265. I’ve been trying really hard to finish to finish my Caldecott Challenge by the end of the year, and I think I’m under 40 books left. Same as the last couple of months, my adult books reading total has been rather crappy as I’ve not found much that interests me. My best book-related good news is that the publishing company that sent me Without Mercy back in September is going to send me another book to review! So I am looking forward to receiving that one.

I just started reading Young Romantics: The Tangled Lives of English Poetry’s Greatest Generation by Daisy Hay, and it sounds pretty interesting. Though…

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App Review: The Velveteen Rabbit and John Henry


Here are medgirl2001’s thoughts on the Velveteen Rabbit and John Henry!

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Today, I’d like to talk about two more apps from Ruckus Media in their Rabbit Ears Entertainment series, The Velveteen Rabbit and John Henry. Both are universal apps for the iPad and iPhone. The format of the two apps is similar. Each offers three choices upon opening the app – “Watch the Video,” “Read the Book,” and “Read and Record.”

“Read the Book” is what it sounds like – the stories are offered along with lovely illustrations. Pages are turned with a familiar page swipe. Unlike some other children’s book apps for the iPad and iPhone, there are no interactive elements or sounds when this mode is chosen. There are occasional subtle animation effects as new text slides into place over an illustration. The formatting and sizing of the images is excellent, especially on the iPad. The end result is an experience much like reading a traditional children’s book…

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Want to keep your kids entertained?


Check out Army Tankers Wife’s suggestions for the Rabbit Ears series!

Army Tankers Wife

Especially if your SM is deployed!

Let me just say I love these apps for kids by Ruckus Media.  Ruckus Media is a new company that creates apps for kids for iPOD, iPAD,  and iPHONE. All are classic or original stories, which makes their apps truly unique.  They started out with five a few months ago – The Velveteen Rabbit narrated by Meryl Streep, John Henry narrated by Denzel Washington, PecosBill narrated by Robin Williams, just to name a few.  

Being a military mom and blogger, I love these apps, especially the two I downloaded for my kids, Pecos Bill and Johnny Appleseed. They are very vivid stories and keeps the kids interested, almost like having the story teller in the room with you. I used these apps this weekend on our road trip to Mebane, NC. My kids LOVED the narrated version.   

These are not your average…

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X is for X-men


Check out Fizz Boom’s parallels between “The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship” and X-Men. It’s interesting!

April A-Z Challenge: Picture this!

Illustration by H. J. Ford in Andrew Lang's Yellow Fairy Book, 1894. Illustration by H. J. Ford in Andrew Lang’s Yellow Fairy Book, 1894.

Before there was Stan Lee, there were X-men, mutant heroes. Storytellers call them “magical friends” for, with their mutant capabilities and unnatural powers, they befriend the hero in his quest. When I tell “The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship,” I call the seven heroes Hearsalot, Runsalot, Shootsalot, Eatsalot, and—by the time the last three arrive, kids are joining in: “Drinksalot!” “Strawsalot!” “Sticksalot!”

Without them, the Fool of the World could never have brought back the water of life from the well at the world’s end or foiled the Tsar’s tricks or married the Tsarevna!

Hooray for X-men!

Your quest for mutant heroes ends here: a picture book, a Classic Russian Collection, and a beloved Andrew Lang:

Ransome, Arthur, The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, illustrated by Uri Schulevitz. Farrar, Straus and Giroux…

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