Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday Children's Picks of the Week

Last weekend was very busy and I have begun my Monday feeling exhausted and in much need of sleep. Thus I am going to keep my post limited to just two books:

The Blueberry Pie Elf by Jane Thayer published in 1959 may not be a recent book, but it is a classic. It was one my mother read to my siblings and I as children and was one of my older sister's favorite books. So much so, that she sent a copy of this book to my daughter for her birthday. Reprinted in 2008 by Purple House Press, The Blueberry Pie Elf is the story of a little house elf who discovers a love for blueberry pie. But the poor elf quickly becomes unhappy because he craves this pie, but has no way of letting the humans know (since house elves cannot be seen nor heard) that he'd like another piece of pie. Until one day he leaves some footprints... The Blueberry Pie Elf is a fun read-aloud story. The black and white illustrations are fun too as they occasionally include a splash of red, blue, or purple. This book is a classic well worth reading aloud. And if you enjoy adding to the fun of reading by trying little projects I definitely recommend serving blueberry pie after reading this book. It makes for some entertaining dinner conversation when there are preschoolers in the house.

Rhino's Big Itch by Natalie Chivers (Published in 2010 by Good Books). This is a recent acquisition by our library. I was immediately struck by the beautiful and colorful illustrations. The story is a fun one to read and yet remains educational. Rhino has a big big itch and he cannot get it to go away. He seeks help from some of the other animals in the safari...except for the lion, but no one can help -- until he comes upon a little tiny bird. I loved this book the minute I saw it. I will definitely be watching for more stories written and/or illustrated by Ms. Chivers. As for my daughter, she's enjoyed "re-reading" it aloud to us and talking about "Rhino's big itch and the bird helps."

10 comments:

Carrie said...

Oh, I LOVE the concept of the Blueberry Pie Elf and now I feel that we simply must have a copy of our own before the next blueberry season rolls around. Thanks for pointing that one out!

mommablogsalot said...

Both of these sound really cute - I might have to hunt down a copy of Blueberry Pie Elf!

Brimful Curiosities said...

I love blueberry pie, too, but I've never heard of this elf book. Thanks for mentioning it. We'll have to look for a copy.

lifewithmyboys said...

I haven't heard of either of these but they sound like great books. Thanks for sharing!

Nancy @ 5MinutesforBooks

morninglight mama said...

I'll have to see if our library has Rhino's Big Itch-- I'm a sucker for beautiful children's book illustrations. :)

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

I've never seen the Blueberry Pie Elf. It looks cute! Ditto for the rhinocerous book--it looks like a good one to look for for our animal studies this fall. Thanks!

Heather J. said...

These look really cute!

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Blueberry Pie Elf sounds really great. I absolutely love it when books are handed down from one generation to the next.

Upstatemomof3 said...

The Blueberry Pie Elf looks so cute!! I love adding older books to my library.

Cindy said...

I have added the Blueberry Pie Elf to our TBR list! thanks for sharing it! It sounds great!