I've been quiet for the last two weeks, no posts, not even commenting. I'm still reading your blogs but my ambition for it all is remote. I'm finding it difficult to muster the enthusiasm to blog. But I have a few things worth sharing.
If your are a fan of old fashioned read alouds or the Handbook of Nature Study, toggle right over to your library browser and order Enid Blyton's Nature Lover's Book. I started it just yesterday and already I'm feeling the urge to own it. The stories are delightful, the poems comfortable and there is a good bit of nature study material as well. A true gem that should not to be missed.
Silas can count to 10! I think he also knows the value of 1, 2, and 3. One of his favorite things right now is to hold my hand and say "two hands. The original title of this post was "three thing" and this was the second thing.
Last night I started "B" is for Betsy with Cate. We read a little more this morning because she woke well before six (Si had woke at 4:30 but was back in bed with daddy). A couple of chapters of Betsy and she agreed to go back to bed for a bit. We also read three picture books yesterday that are all worth mentioning.
Children sit upon a blanket in The Story Blanket and listen to Babba Zarrah weave stories. It is the middle of the winter, no wool or yarn is expected to reach the village until Spring but Babba Zarrah notices that the children need new clothes. She begins to unravel the story quilt in order to knit the gifts of warmth. There is a touching exchange of wool in this story. If you enjoyed How Mama Brought the Spring I think you will also enjoy The Story Quilt. Dodsworth in Paris is an easy chapter book (same level a Frog and Toad). It is a sweet story and made me realize that Cate was indeed listening when I read This is Paris. If you have Poetry Speaks to Children you've probably heard the memorable recording of Langston Hughes reading The Negro Speaks of Rivers. Check out this new picture book. The illustrations are powerful and bring the poem to life.