Five Little Pumpkins – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.

Five Little Pumpkins, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
Published by Harper Festival, an imprint of HarperCollins

Five Little Pumpkins, a Halloween classic!

You all probably know the Five Little Pumpkins poem: “Five little pumpkins, sitting on a gate; the first one says “Oh my! It’s getting late!” And so on, and so forth.

This might be one of Daniel’s very favorite books. I think we kept reading it for about six months after Halloween last year. There is a great rhythm and rhyme, and this edition has only a short bit of text on each page, which really keeps the poem moving -and which makes it easy to repeat and memorize, I’m pretty sure Daniel is going to know the whole thing before Halloween. The illustrations are simple with lots of contrast, which makes them great for young children. Oh, and if you weren’t aware, that pumpkin in the back with the down-turned oval eyes is crying. At least according to Daniel.

Five Little Pumpkins is a great Halloween staple for any young child’s library.

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Spot’s First Easter – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.

Spot’s First Easter by Eric Hill
Published by Putnam Juvenile, an imprint of Penguin

Lift the flap books in general are a huge hit in our house, as are the Spot books in particular. In Spot’s First Easter, Spt and his hippo friend Helen are looking for the eggs hidden by the Easter bunny.

There are lots of reasons to like Spot’s First Easter. Of course, there is the beloved familiar character, and the joy for a toddler of getting to lift the flaps and see what is underneath. Then, there’s the introduction to the idea of searching for Easter eggs, which we’re capitalizing on before a couple of egg hunts this year. Finally, there is a math component that can be added for older kids. We know right away that the Easter bunny hid six eggs, once Spot and Helen find two, how many are left? This is written into the book at the midpoint, but parents can work it in throughout the text to support pre-subtraction skills.

A great book for the secular side of Easter, although I wish it wasn’t Spot’s First Easter, since it probably will  be better for most kids’ subsequent Easters.

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Little Rabbit’s Christmas – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my new feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy, since we are definitely reading more than one book a week!

Little Rabbit’s Christmas by Harry Horse
Published by Peachtree Publishing

All Little Rabbit wants for is a red sled and, once he gets it, all he wants to do is play with it himself. Those paints and tools his friends got? BORING. Who wants paints when you could go sledding? So, after being really fairly obnoxious in begging for/demanding the sled for Christmas, he wants nothing but to go and play with his sled by himself, he doesn’t want to play with his friends and their toys, and he certainly doesn’t want them to play with his sled. Until he runs into some trouble, and his friends come through for him and he realizes that Christmas is really about friends, family, and togetherness, not just getting things.

Harry Horse is really convincing with Little Rabbit’s greedy, obnoxious selfishness, so much so that I was actually worried at one point that he would continue to be obnoxious the whole book long. However, he was totally redeemed, and he was totally redeemed in a very realistic way. I really enjoyed this, and I’m looking forward to reading it with Daniel over the next few years. It was ever so slightly too long and with too many words on the page for Daniel right now at 18 months, but it still managed to keep his attention pretty well, because of all of Little Rabbit’s whooshing around on his sled.

Highly recommended.

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My First Thanksgiving – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my new feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy, since we are definitely reading more than one book a week! Also, if anyone is interested in helping me make a button for this feature, please let me know.

My First Thanksgiving by Tomie dePaola
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin

When I was looking at Thanksgiving books for Daniel this year, I went in two directions. One book I bought was a flashy turkey counting book with crinkly turkey feathers, the other was Tomie dePaola’s “My First Thanksgiving.” I’m not going to lie, part of the reason I’m writing about dePaola’s book is because we seem to have lost the crinkly feather book somewhere in Daniel book piles after a couple of readings and I cannot recall the title but, surprisingly, it never really captured his attention like I thought it would.

I originally bought “My First Thanksgiving” on the strength of Tomie dePaola’s name alone. To  be completely honest, I thought that it looked a little boring, especially for someone Daniel’s age. My original intention was that this would be for the future and the flashy Thanksgiving book would be for this year. Surprisingly, though, Daniel actually seemed to enjoy this one, which gives the young child version of both the first Thanksgiving and basic modern American Thanksgiving traditions in a few concise pages, more than the other. I think it had a lot to do both with the laconic yet informative style, and with dePaola’s trademark fabulous illustrations.

dePaola proves that you don’t need to be flashy to create a great children’s book, and I can definitely recommend “My First Thanksgiving.” What are your kids’ favorite Thanksgiving picture books?

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