Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

March 2, 2014 at 11:37 pm (Events) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Dr SuessThis is an annual event at most Half Price Books stores. If you missed it this year, keep your eyes peeled for signage in your favorite store next year.

P1010171Oh The Places You’ll Go!

P1010181One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

There was also had a bowl of colored Gold Fish at the table with a pretty nifty sign of the book cover.  Each kid got a party bag with an HPB cup inside so they could scoop goldfish from the bowl.

P1010184My kiddo with The Cat in the Hat (Kevin Pickle)

P1010185 I think we were just as excited as the kids to take a picture with a real, live Cat in the Hat.

P1010187I got the idea for Truffula Tree Cupcakes on Pinterest.  It’s chocolate cupcake mix, icing dyed green with food coloring, I added dark green sprinkles for fun, and cotton candy on a kebob stick.  Do the cotton candy last minute, I tried to do it too soon and the humidity of Houston caused the cotton candy to crystallize and shrink.  We had to buy a second batch of cotton candy and redo it right before the party.

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A Two Year Old Reads The Lorax

March 17, 2013 at 2:30 pm (Education) (, , , , )

I sat down at the breakfast table with my daughter who will be two and a half in a month.  It’s St. Patty’s Day, so I thought I would read something appropriately Irish to her over breakfast.  I didn’t have much follow through, though, because my daughter looked at me with those big blue eyes, batted them, and said, “Read The Lorlax, Mommy, the Lorlax.” This pronunciation is a great improvement from when she was calling him the “Workass.”

So I went and got Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax and began to read.  There was an interruption regarding her cereal, another about the dog, a few more about the characters in the book.  Two pages in I shoved the book at her and said, “You read it.”

And this is how my two year old read The Lorax, along with great gestures and emphatic pointing:

“Town!

Grickle-grass!

Essepting Oooooooold crows.

TED!

Find the Lorlax! The Lorlax!

Baby Lorlax!

Butterfly milk!

Truffula Trees…

and seeds!

And Seed.

Last Seed.

The End.

Ok, Green Eggs and Ham, Mommy.”

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Great Books to Read Outside With Kids

March 13, 2013 at 6:39 pm (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , )

Weekly Low Down on Kids Books – March 12, 2013

loraxTitle:The Lorax

Author: Dr. Seuss

You know you’ve read The Lorax a few too many times when your two year old steps outside and says, “Look Mommy, the trees,” then breathes deep and continues, “they smell like butterfly milk!”

The Lorax is an oldie but a goodie.  It follows the tale of the Once-ler and how he destroyed all the trees for the sake of industrialism.  Ignoring the warnings from The Lorax, the delightfully curmudgeonous beast who speaks for the trees, all that is left of a once beautiful land is a small truffula seed.

The Lorax is a fantastic way to enlighten your kiddo to the environmentalist ideals and introduce them to be mindful of their world.  We love reading it on the porch swing and inhaling the sweet smell of “butterfly milk.”

Wild_about_book-330Title: Wild About Books

Author: Judy Siera

Illustrations: Marc Brown

Follow the tale of bookmobile librarian Molly McGrew introduces all the animals at the zoo to the wonderful world of reading.

“By reading aloud from the good Dr. Seuss,

She quickly attracted a mink and a moose,

A wombat, an oryx, a lemur, a lynx,

Eight elephant calves, and a family of skinks.”

Kiddo likes to find all the animals mentioned in the story illustrated out on the page.  To the right of this segment, you can find Molly McGrew in a chair reading from The Cat in the Hat.

Later, the animals discover that they like books so much, they even start writing them!  The Insects dive in with poetry and the scorpion offers “stinging reviews.”

We read this one outside on the porch a lot, but we also read this before bed at night too.  If you don’t have a copy, check out your local Half Price Books, I purchased mine off a generous stack in the kids section at the Humble store.  No guarantees that you’ll find one too, but it’s worth a shot.

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What’s Happening in March?

February 28, 2013 at 8:24 pm (Events) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

HortonHearsAWhoBookCoverRead Across America Day
Each year, young and old alike celebrate Read Across America Day on March 2 in conjunction with Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Join your fellow bookworms at Half Price Books for a special Dr. Seuss Story Time on Saturday, March 2, at 3 pm.  The Humble location will be reading Horton Hears a Who and crafting clover pinwheels.  Regular story time is every Wednesday at 10:30 am.

HPB Humble Book Club
Looking to expand your reading pleasure? Join the discussion at our HPB Humble Book Club. We meet the first Monday of each month from 7:30 to 9 pm.
March – Lords of Finance
April – On Chesil Beach


Poetry night

Journaling 2ndthurs

 March 9 Humble

StPattys 2013

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What’s Awesome on Audio

February 19, 2013 at 1:42 am (Reviews) (, , , , , , , )

bippolo seed on audioFOR KIDS… actually, for adults too!

Title: The Bippolo Seed

Author: Dr. Seuss

Read by: Neil Patrick Harris

Until I went browsing through the audio book section of our public library I had never heard of The Bippolo Seed.  I love Dr. Seuss, he’s pretty much always awesome… but the clincher for me picking up this edition to enjoy at home with the kiddo… why, Neil Patrick Harris of course!

Most child stars are annoyed by being referred to by the role that gave them their big name… I know Mark Wahlberg hates being called Marky-Mark and Maureen McCormack has made it quite clear that she is not Marcia Brady.  But seeing Neil Patrick Harris’ name on that Bippolo Seed box, all I could think (and I apologize to NPH in advance!) was: Doogie Howser reads Dr. Seuss! What could be better!?  Nothing, I tell you, nothing.

The fabulousness of Dr. Seuss combined with the sheer genius of Neil Patrick Harris is awesome.  I love stumbling upon these kinds of wonderful things, because I’m certain my child is as tired of hearing my reading voice as I am of reading sometimes.  I don’t feel so guilty passing the buck when I know someone as boisterous and Harris is taking the lead.

As for the “other lost stories,” there are a ton of talented stars featured on this audio book.   Angelica Huston was surprisingly wonderful.  Surprising not because she’s untalented or anything, just because I confuse her with Sarah Douglas and always imagine it was Huston, not Douglas, who played Ursa in Superman II (don’t ask me why)… and Ursa always appropriately gave me the creeps.

The point? Whether you’re a kid or a grown up, it’s never too late to hear The Bippolo Seed on audio.

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Weekly Low Down on Kids Books – Green Eggs and Ham

February 8, 2013 at 10:10 pm (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , )

green eggsThe problem with toddlers, and kids in general, is the second you pin down what they like and don’t like they immediately turn into liars.  Coincidentally, my kid did this with the infamous Dr. Seuss title Green Eggs and Ham.

As you probably well know, Green Eggs and Ham is about a guy discrediting something entirely without ever trying it.  He insists through the whole book that he doesn’t like Green Eggs and Ham, he won’t like them here or there or anywhere, he’ll never try them because he knows he’ll never like them.  Of course, as the twist of fate will have it, to get Sam-I-Am to leave him alone about the matter, he agrees to try them and discovers that low and behold they are GREAT!

That’s kind of how kiddo has been the last week or so about the book.  I picked it up thinking, here’s a classic my kid needs, and read it to her (and some other kids) for the first time during Story Time at Half Price Books Humble.  In a retail environment you don’t really have the freedom to take full advantage of all the exclamation points, so I bought it and read it to her at home.

onehandHalfway through our first reading at home she said, “No, no mommy, no green eggs and ham. No, no.”  She put her hand over the book, shook her  head at me, and instantly replaced it with another title.  The title she wanted instead was a Max Lucado picture book from the library called One Hand Two Hands, illustrated by Gaby Hansen.  It’s a beautiful book with a positive and informative message about the use of your hands.  I even plan to purchase one if I ever come across it in a store.  But I really wanted to understand why my kid wasn’t feeling Green Eggs and Ham.

A few days later, it hit me, but not until after second breakfast.  At second breakfast, I started reading Green Eggs and Ham, which she insisted I put down.  So, I went to pick out a different title and  when I did this she protested!

“No, mommy, I like Green Eggs and Ham.”

“Oh, really?”

“Yes, now I like Green Eggs and Ham. Read.”

Like the star of Dr. Seuss’ little book, Kiddo had to warm up to the idea of Green Eggs and Ham.  For whatever reason, when first introduced she was certain she would not like the book.  Maybe it seemed to long.  Maybe it was too repetitive.  Maybe too loud.  Who knows, maybe Sam-I-Am just annoyed her with all his persistence.  But at the end of second breakfast, after trying to re-read it for over a week, my kiddo decided – finally – that maybe she liked Green Eggs and Ham after all.

 

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Tardis Adventures in Seuss-Land

May 7, 2012 at 12:33 am (The Whim) (, , , )

It doesn’t get much nerdier than this! Here’s my Book Love Art of the week, this one’s from http://www.collegehumor.com/.

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