Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mary is a dog lover who cried at the end of the movie "Marley and me". She was pleased when she read "Marley goes to School" by John Grogan which focuses on all of the antics of a mischievous puppy!
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tammie just wants you to know that she was never ever influenced by her favorite author Neil Gaiman. No, not ever...wink wink. 
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury by Arnold Lobel

Children’s literature. It’s the literary genre that appears so simple, but in actuality, is vastly underrated more often than not. It is not intended merely to entertain, but rather, to teach children deeper ideas and meanings at a level more accessible to their age and comprehension. They are concepts that we as adults can appreciate, as well. Stellar examples of such literature would be the Frog and Toad  books (published in the 1970s), some of my dad’s favorite stories, and now, mine also. Two of our favorite stories in particular, which are found in the Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury, have valuable lessons to teach children and adults alike.

One story is A List. This story emphasizes the importance of FLEXIBILITY. In this story, Toad wakes up in the morning and writes down a list of things he “must” accomplish that day. He is determined that his day is to be governed completely by this list and follows it to the letter…until he loses it. He doesn’t even allow himself to look for his list because that isn’t on his list. He wastes the rest of his day worrying about it and when Frog goes looking for it and doesn’t find it, they sit together in shame instead of allowing themselves to improvise or be spontaneous for the rest of the day.

Another story is The Dream. I love this story even more because it emphasizes the importance of a value that I hold near and dear to my heart: SELFLESSNESS. In this story, Toad has a dream in which he performs a one-man show with his friend, Frog, in the audience. Toad performs a series of impressive acts. After each, he boasts about openly and challenges Frog to be as good as he is. As the jeers persist, Frog begins to feel marginalized and inferior. He shrinks in size physically, and eventually, he shrinks into nonexistence. When Toad realizes what he has done, he is overcome by remorse and realizes that he can’t live without his best friend. His own self-aggrandizement isn’t enough to sustain him. He is thrown into a vortex of guilt that soon awakens him to find Frog standing at his bedside, very alive and present. Surely, Toad will never underappreciate or take for granted his friendship with Frog ever again.

These are just two of the stories in the Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury. There are many more to read, enjoy, and glean wisdom from. I hope you will take the time to delve a little deeper into these profound little literary works.  -Lena

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"When I was growing up, my hometown library didn't have many picture books. My mom worked hard to find stories I liked enough to read. Nowadays it's easy - my library has all my new favorite Star Wars adventures! My favorite picture book author is Drew Daywalt, who also wrote The Day the Crayons Quit and BB-8 on the Run." ~Jennifer
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Picture books are more than just fun stories, they can connect us to each other and our beliefs. Heather shared her love for "The Tale of Three Trees" by Angela Elwell Hunt. "The Tale of Three Trees is a wonderful folktale that gives the Gospel Story. The three trees represent three symbols of the Christian faith that being the manger, boat and cross"
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Monday, November 13, 2017

"I like Stellaluna because it teaches you to be yourself, even if others think you should be like them. You can learn from each other and still be respectful about it." ~Katie
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Why choose just one picture book? "All the Places to Love (written by Patricia MacLachlan), reminds me of what the simple pleasures of growing up is all about." "When I Grow Up (by Al Yankovic), reminds me of dreaming of life-long growth by becoming more of yourself." ~Mikki

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