I have great news!
My son and his wife just had a baby!
So there is a new grand-baby in the family…Sophie Eva!
I’ll be flying back to Chicago on Saturday to spend a week with them.
What will I be doing when I’m there? Lucky me…I’ll be holding that precious sweetheart and singing lullabies.
What will I be bringing with me? Picture books, of course!!! As well as a container of baklava for my daughter-in-law who LOVES it.
Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday over at children’s author Susanna Hill’s blog. Check out all of the picture book reviews…there are over 1000 on her site!!!!
This book will be one of the first in my grand-daughter’s library…in board book edition, of course. I love the classic picture books!
Written and illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans
Publisher: Viking (originally published in 1939)
Age: 3 and up (but lilting rhyme will be enjoyed by much younger children)
Opening lines: “In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.”
Synopsis: From Amazon: “A Caldecott Honor Book – Nothing frightens Madeline–not tigers, not mice, not even getting sick. To Madeline, a trip to the hospital is a grand adventure. A true classic, Madeline continues to enchant readers more than sixty years after its first publication.”
Themes: Strong girls, friendship, hospital stays
Why I love this book:
- Caldecott Honor Award – a true classic that has endured over 70 years!
- It’s like taking a trip to Paris…Mr. Bemelmans was an amazing artist and he captured many street scenes in the illustrations!
How parents can use this book:
- One of the best read aloud books ever written!
- Look at a globe and find Paris, France!
- Find the famous landmarks that appear in the book…the Eiffel Tower, Paris Zoo, etc.
- Lovely story to read if a child is scheduled to go into the hospital and is anxious about it.
Make a Shoebox Dollhouse
This is so simple and so much fun!
You will need: one shoe box, construction paper, scissors, glue stick
- Cut construction paper to fit inside to ‘wallpaper’ the inside walls and glue in place.
- Use a very small box for the bed and cover with paper or material.
- Add details with markers.
You and your child can make it more complex by stacking several boxes to build a dollhouse.
Instructions for this dollhouse at: http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/kidscraftsactivitiesblog/2011/01/how-to-make-a-shoe-box-doll-house-arts-and-crafts-project-for-kids/
When little Sophie gets bigger perhaps she and her daddy will make this together.
- A Story of Inspiration by Lisa Jahn-Clough (lindamaykallestein.com)
- A Picture for Harold’s Room…Shoebox Crafts for Kids (viviankirkfield.wordpress.com)
- The Museum (childrensbooksheal.com)
- 10 Best Picture Books? – Barbara Jean Hicks (tinanicholscouryblog.com)