What’s In Your Child’s Bookcase Wordy Wednesday: YES WE CAN! and the Versatile Blogger Award :)

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It’s been a most wonderful week so far!  I want to share some good news before I review the picture book I choose for today’s post.

Of course, every coin has a flip side…and I guess we all decide which side of the coin we will focus on.  Sunday afternoon, I pulled my back out and was in quite a lot of pain.  No, that is NOT the good news. 🙂  Then, on Tuesday, I went to my doctor who did an adjustment of my back (OUCH!) and when I went to the parking lot to get in my car, I noticed I had a flat tire!  No, that is still NOT the good news. 🙂

The GOOD news is that one of my fellow bloggers, Eliz of Mirth and Motivation presented me with the Versatile Blogger Award…an honor coming from the best blogger I know out there.    She asks that I pass along the “good vibrations” to other great bloggers out there…so many of them were on her list already. 🙂  But, when I get back from my trip to the east coast, I will try to send it out to some of the people whose blogs are so very helpful to so many.  

The other GOOD news is that Jamie of Avant Garde Parenting selected me as Parent of the Week and I’ve posted that button on my sidebar.  You can click on her link to read the article.

Oh yes, and there is still more good news!  I leave on Friday for New Hampshire to spend a LONG weekend with my daughter and her family…I am really excited to see them…I know my 2 ½ year-old grandson has grown so much since I saw him in October.  I’m excited to be reading, crafting and cooking with him and I’ll definitely try to do a post while I’m there…but, if you don’t hear from me for a few days, you’ll know why.

This week, I’ve been concentrating on the theme of companionship and, in SHOW ME HOW! BUILD YOUR CHILD’S SELF-ESTEEM THROUGH READING, CRAFTING AND COOKING, I found the perfect picture book to review, Yes We Can! by Sam McBratney.


Written by Sam McBratney

 Illustrated by Charles Fuge

Little Roo, Country Mouse and Quacker Duck start to make a giant pile of leaves, but stop to rest.  While they are resting, they start making fun of each other for what they don’t do well.  Roo’s mother suggests that each show what they CAN do best.  Little Roo jumps over a log.  Quacker Duck floats on a puddle.  Country Mouse chases and catches his own tail.  The friends agree that each one is special and has unique talents and qualities.

Little Roo’s mother found a creative way to teach her son and his friends to appreciate their own special talents without envying those of others.  Being a good friend and companion does not always come naturally.  As parents, we need to encourage our children to value their own strengths and qualities, as well as the strengths and qualities of others.  We make a start by recognizing their uniqueness and by supporting their creativity, even if it veers in a different direction from ours.

If you are looking for 99 other MUST READ picture books, please visit my website where you can purchase a copy of SHOW ME HOW!…a unique resource that pinpoints and summarizes 100 picture books every young child should hear and provides a matching craft project and cooking activity for each recommended title.  Leave a comment here about why you would like to win the Crafty Easter Basket for your preschooler or fill out the contact form on my website.  At 50% off the cover price, this MUST HAVE BOOK is now a CAN HAVE BOOK.

10 thoughts on “What’s In Your Child’s Bookcase Wordy Wednesday: YES WE CAN! and the Versatile Blogger Award :)

  1. Fantastic news all around. I do worry about that back so take care of yourself and no stress. I will miss you while you gallivant all over town.
    Enjoy your time away and get back soon. If you make it to NY, give me a holla and we can have high tea. 😉 lol!


    • I wish I could find the time and get away for a longer trip…I’d love to be able to “road-trip” in the New England/Tri-states areas to visit with old AND new friends. Maybe one day. 🙂


  2. Thanks for stopping by my bloh hop and linking up and entering the chilcren’s book giveaway. I have visited the web sites you shared with me and I think your book sounds awesome! If you are ever interested in someone hosting a review and/or giveaway let me know! tawna6988 AT gmail DOT com
    My 3 blogs

    I promote all reviews and giveaways on all my blogs:)

    Have a great day!


    • Hi Tawna,
      I’m so glad we connected…I’d love to send you a copy of SHOW ME HOW! BUILD YOUR CHILD’S SELF-ESTEEM THROUGH READING, CRAFTING AND COOKING for your review. If you love it and want to review it, maybe we can arrange a giveaway.
      Let me know where to send it and I will mail it out to you next week.
      All the best,


    • Doing so well, Eliz…having the best time here with my daughter, her husband and son…it will be hard to leave on Tuesday. 🙂
      Yes, the reviews on mom blogs (and dad blogs) is one way I’ve tried to spread the word…I’m happy to say that no one has hesitated to do a reivew…there have been over a dozen so far…but they haven’t helped sales. 😦
      I did hear from the Nevada Chapter of the JDRF (whom I partner with in a mini sort of way)…the book was endorsed and reviewed in the Winter 2011 Outreach Newsletter…that chapter wants to order 15 copies to have on hand for families…I’m thrilled!!!!


  3. Any blog that has a picture of bunnies is a blog I like! Congrats on your award. Elizabeth is very good at making people happy! Also, I hope your trip was full of fun and new memories. I found you through Elizabeth’s blog-hop and I love books!


    • Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment…as a child, I think I inhaled books. 🙂 I know that whether you are 6 or 60…books are a window on the world! I’ll swing by your blog later today.


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