Do you remember my What We Found at the Library posts? They were fun, and I sometimes miss them. Not on the weeks when our library bag contains mostly duds, but since that happens so rarely, I'm constantly thinking, I need to tell someone about this good book! And with the end of summer here (Yay, Fall!), this is the perfect time to reflect upon some favorites that have made for a good season of reading.
Or, I just want to share these gems with you and needed an excuse to do so! So here...for your blast-from-the-Heavenly-past pleasure, is our recent library bag treasure:
Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, by David Soman and Jacky Davis
You know about Ladybug Girl, right? The energetic little girl whose imagination is MUCH bigger than her namesake? In her latest adventure, she tackles the thorny issues of learning how to play with other kids while sharing (but not forcing) her creativity. I love these stories for lots of reasons: they illustrate a healthy imagination in real-life situations, the main character is feisty, and my daughters adore her. But I think the best part about Lulu, Ladybug Girl? Is her ability to learn and grow with her imagination, letting her take on all sorts of new adventures. From making friends to keeping busy...Ladybug Girl is my hero. I can't wait to read the rest!
The Curious Garden, by Peter Brown
This book is just so, so pretty. The artwork is clear and bright and detailed without being cluttered, and sometimes there are no words on a page -- just pictures. The girls have spent plenty of time staring at this book (until Mama takes it away to stare, herself...). But the story is the sweetest thing. A boy lives in a dreary city with no color, but he still loves to explore. When he happens upon a patch of an old, dying garden, he brings it back to life and it takes on a life of its own. It travels the city, spilling onto sidewalks and staircases...and it beautifies the whole land. Gorgeous story, gorgeous artwork. Gorgeous.
Miss Hunnicutt's Hat, by Jeff Brumbeau and Gail Marcken
Now, this book is a little cluttered. But it works. The pages are filled with eye-catching scenes in which a sweet-hearted lady defies the bossiness of her neighbors. She's got a new hat, you see -- and it includes all the usual trappings: ribbons, bows, feathers...only the feathers belong to a real, live chicken. The townspeople badger her and create quite a fuss, but Miss Hunnicutt is only strengthened in her resolve to wear what she likes. It's a darling, hilarious story about being an original no matter the naysayers' opinions, and my daughters soaked it up.
So, um....did you find anything good at the library this summer? And am I crazy for loving childrens' books like I do? And will somebody please get me a hat with a chicken on top?