McFig & McFly: A Tale of Jealousy, Revenge, and Death (with a Happy Ending)


Wee Required Reading’s thoughts on Henrik Drescher’s McFig and McFly.

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By Henrik Drescher

Candlewick Press, 2008

Far away from anywhere big and important, in a little cozy cottage surrounded by fruit trees and berry bushes, lived McFig and his little daughter, Rosie. One day, a stranger named McFly and his son, Anton, bought the land next door. This was OK with McFig, as long as they weren’t noisy or smelly.

In fact, they’re just the opposite. McFig and McFly have quite a bit in common and get along marvelously. So marvelously in fact, that McFig helps McFly build a cottage exactly like his own. But when McFig also builds a tall tower with his leftover lumber — making his house just a teensy bit bigger and better — so starts a competition that will consume, and eventually end, their lives.

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Animal Friendly Children’s Books


Here’s twiterary list of animal friendly children’s books!

twiterary review, the blog.

If you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or otherwise animal-friendly parent, you’re in luck!  There are several picture books that have been popping up on shelves in recent years which feature cruelty-free values and can teach or explain to children why you or your family doesn’t eat meat.  These would also be ideal for teaching non-veg kids about why their friends or relatives choose this compassionate lifestyle.  And aside from the explanatory aspect of these books, they can also be just plain entertaining, sweet, and moving stories and pictures.  Of course, previewing books is a good idea before you share them with your child; you are the best judge of whether or not the book is age appropriate, particularly for littler ones.

What do you think of this list?  Are there any that I am missing?  Have you read any of these — would you recommend them to others, why or why…

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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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Bob Hoskins dies at 71.


Bob Hoskins, best known for portraying Eddie Valliant in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and Mario from the “Super Mario Bros.” movie and who narrated “The Bremen Town Musicians,” has recently died on April 29, 2014 from pneumonia after he had announced retirement in 2012 due to being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. May he rest in peace and let his inspiration in the movie world be well remembered.

 

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