Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Read me a story

so tonight instead of reading Little Man a story--he "read" me one!

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle. It's repetitive and cute, and perfect for a 3-year-old to "memorize" the basics of and "read" back.

"Wanna Fight?" "If you insist. . ." "Oh no, you're not BIG enough!" "And he flew away."

Can't thnk of a better librarian-mommy moment.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Book Review: Liberty Falling by Nevada Barr

Tough yet vulnerable Anna Pigeon, worried about her sister who is very ill in the hospital in New York, spends some time on the Ellis and Liberty Island National Monuments. While dealing with her sister’s crisis, she faces dangers of her own.

I enjoyed Anna as a heroine—she’s well written and very real. I enjoyed how Nevada Barr was able to describe the “behind-the-scenes” settings of the Monuments, the part the tourists never see, and make you feel like you are truly there. She is deft at writing suspense while still keeping her characters and their situations engaging.

I didn’t really care for the mystery or its resolution—in my mind, the plot took second place to the settings and characters. But I did enjoy the book and probably will read more.

Book Review: Aunt Dimity's Death by Nancy Atherton

Take a pinch of mystery, a bit of a ghost story, a bittersweet wartime romance, and a thoroughly engaging heroine who finds a little romance of her own. Add some lovably quirky supporting characters and a cozy setting and you have a recipe for a delightful reading experience. Lori never thought Dimity was real—until Dimity died. Finding out the mystery behind Dimity’s life, with the help of Bill Willis, helps Lori heal from her own heartbreak and embark on new adventures. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more in the Dimity series.


Bundle of energy, you’re on the run
Chasing and playing, life’s just full of fun
Interested, curious, forever on the go
There’s always something new you just have to know

“Why, Mommy?”, “Can’t I, Daddy?” “But I don’t want to!”
“Where is my truck?” and “Where is my shoe?”
“Can we go to the park now?” “Can we play a game?”
“Should I have some raisins?” “Who’s that? What’s his name?”

“I’m not tired! “I’m NOT sleepy! I still want to play!”
“Don’t NEED to go potty now!” “I want to stay!”
“Let’s watch a little Blue’s Clues!” “Let’s play with my toy!”
This is the mind of a three-year-old boy

“Can you make it better?” “Can I give you a kiss?”
Could we wish for anything better than this?
“I love you too, Mommy!” “Will you sing me a song?”
Words we had dreamed of for so very long

Our Little Man, our sweet boy, our precious delight
God watches over you by day and by night
With your heart full of wonder, what blessings are in store—
And before we can catch our breath, you will be FOUR!

Library Mommy

Welcome to my new blog!

I LOVE: My Husband, My Son, My Parents, My Brothers, My Sisters-in-law, My Nephews & Nieces. . . My Lord. . . My Library. . . Harry Potter (Books & Movies), Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, the Little House series, the Betsy-Tacy series, the Anne of Green Gables series, the Lord of the Rings series, and the Clan of the Cave Bear series. . . The comic strips For Better or For Worse, Baby Blues, and Jump Start. . . Star Trek (any series), Babylon 5, Touched by an Angel, M*A*S*H, and Life Goes On. . . The Backyardigans, The Wonder Pets!, and Blue's Clues (can you tell I have a preschooler?). . . Pizza, Mexican food, and anything chocolate. . . my fraternal organization, playing my electric keyboard, my friends, and many more things!

Here is our little man, on the day he arrived. He was six weeks old. Now he's a rambunctious, happy-go-lucky little three-year-old--but still the light of our lives!