Little Excavator

Littles love to be helpers. When you’re doing some work around your house, they might just want to be all in. We built a second garden this spring and we had lots of “all in” toddler (and preschooler!) moments.

They’ll want to use power tools (and are sad when they can’t.)

They’ll want to move materials that are more than twice their size (and are frustrated when they can’t.)

There are plenty of jobs they can do, however, so pay attention for when it’s okay to say, “YES! You can do that!”

In come the machines (a Bulldozer, Loader, Dump Truck, Backhoe, Crane and Little Excavator,) to build a park in their town. Everyone starts work on their own specific job, except for the Little Excavator. He can’t figure out what he should be doing. He tries to help the Loader, but

“Little E tries lifting up some junk
junk
junk!

But there goes Little Excavator–
over with a clunk!”

He tips, he flips, he gets in the way. By the end of the day, Little E is feeling pretty low.

Your littles will be rooting for Little E, wondering if he gets his big moment.

He does (and you’ll interrupt the story to shout, “Yay!”)

Little Excavator came in handy this spring. Our little helpers could remember Little E and that everyone has a job that fits them just right.

Little Excavator (2017)
The Anna E. Dewdney Literary Trust
Viking

My No, No, No Day!

We’ve been reading My No, No, No Day! to B every night for weeks. Weeks. It’s hard to mind it though, because with every storytime, B discovers something she missed before– which means we get a chance to talk about it.

“Why is she taking her shoes off on the sidewalk?”

“Hey, that’s just like us at the grocery store… but why does everyone look so mad?”

My No, No, No Day! begins when big sister Bella wakes up to find her cute baby brother Bob in her room and all over her jewelry.

She shouted at him to get out. Breakfast was a flop– she just couldn’t eat it.

She threw a fit at the grocery store becacuse she wanted out of the cart (been there, Bella’s mom,) and everyone around them stared (or glared.)

Play date? Awful.

Ballet class? Too itchy.

Bella just couldn’t be calm or happy about anything. Not even peas! Can you believe that? Who wouldn’t be cheerful about peas?

*slowly raises hand*

Mom never once lost her cool like Bella (go, Mom!) and after storytime, Bella realized how crummy the day was and apologized. Mom replied,

“We all have those days sometimes, but perhaps you will be more cheerful tomorrow!” What a good note to end a bad day on, huh?

I’m thankful for this book giving us all a few valuable lessons

  • Emotions happen
  • Tomorrow is a fresh start
  • Don’t embarrass your mother (Ha!)

You all just thought of a time when you embarrassed your mom (or she embarrassed you,) didn’t you?

A note to my own Mom– you’re thinking about me hanging upside down over the railing in my fancy lace dress, aren’t you? No, wait. You’re probably thinking about me and my pals being really annoying at softball games, right?

Those were good times!

Mom?

Weren’t they, Mom?

Bueller?

My No, No, No Day! (2012)
Rebecca Patterson
Viking

Llama Llama Easter Egg

Spring has sprung! Our tulip tree is sooo close to exploding with beautiful, purple buds. Somehow, our bleeding hearts survived an attack of Round-Up last year and are blooming. Daffodils, narcissus, and tulips are each full of happiness.

B loves the late Anna Dewdney’s llama books, especially Llama Llama Easter Egg. Hearing our sweetie try to say “llama llama” is priceless, baby book, iPhone video gold.
llama (2)Llama wakes up on Easter morning in his red pajamas, naturally, and your little one gets to join him on his day with chocolate, candies, an Easter egg hunt with lots of colored eggs in pastels– there are even some that look like they’ve been left in the dye for minutes. The rhyming text and spot-on llama facial expressions are a joy to experience, and at the end of the book, you & your kiddo will discover a nice little Easter-y surprise.

Llama Llama Easter Egg
Anna Dewdney
Viking/Penguin Young Readers Group

Dog Wants to Play

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a bumbling puppy. They’re just so… well, you know, cute. B LOVES puppies. Kids + puppies = JOY.

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Just look at this little guy’s face. Hats off to illustrator Jeff Mack. He’s created a dog who looks like he’s getting photographed to be the cover of a dog magazine. Who wouldn’t want to play with him?

A lot of the other farm animals, as it turns out. Poor dog. He really, really wants to play! Dog asks all of his farm friends to play, but most of them are too shy or scared of him.

You can’t help but hope that the next page reveals Dog finds a friend. This story just makes you want to grab your kiddo, jump into the book and play with this sweet, persistent Dog.

Dog Wants to Play
Christine McDonnell
Viking