Monday, August 31, 2015

Summer Vacation Is Over But The Reading Goes On!

Summer vacation went by so very quickly that it was here and gone before I even recognized what had happened. Because of this, I was a little late changing the library's summer reading display to a back to school display. Fortunately, the local children had only been in school a week and a half, so I modified my display just a bit to read: Time to put on your thinking cap and read some good books! I love visiting our local library, I love choosing books for my reviews, changing out the display case, talking with the librarians, and so much  more.

 

Which causes me to think on all the ways that books touch my life. I learned to cook fairly well with the aid of cook books, a skill which I use weekly to feed my family and my farm market customers. I often read for relaxation, a good giggle now and then, and to learn new facts, all of which I hope are evident in my book reviews. I read my Bible for comfort and direction. And, I read to my daughter to instill in her a love of words and ideas which will help her world ever expand. These experiences are woven together so seamlessly like a fine woolen scarf that they are an integral part of who I am and why I think reading is so important. The reason why my motto is __ Helping children open the doors to the reading universe on book at a time.


So now that I have bent your ear with my soap box ramblings of the importance of reading, here are the two books I read this week. The first is Stanley's Garage. It is a really simple story with lovely but simple illustrations. Great for children from about three to five, this is the story of Stanley the hamster and his garage. Stanley helps many friends with their automobile problems and introduces colors along the way. Each car is a bright new color.


I also read Water Is Water which is a spectacular book about the water cycle. It covers every imaginable form of water from steam to ice and the illustrations are so incredibly beautiful. I love the well done rhyme scheme that the story teller uses and the added bonus facts at the end. This book would be a great addition to any science class be it home school or traditional.


Well, that about wraps it up for this week. Join me next week for another exciting episode, same crazy time, same crazy channel. And feel free to drop by my personal website, Fun With Aileen, any day of the week for even more on reading, writing, my very own early grade chapter book, Fern Valley, the sequel, Return To Fern Valley, the soon to be released Cooking In Fern Valley (fall 2015)and my very first picture book, Quack and Daisy! I'm also on twitter @AileenWStewart if you want an extremely brief glimpse into my days. 

10 comments:

  1. These books both sound super in their own very individual ways. I think I need to share Stanley with my husband...he has been into car maintenance now for weeks. : )
    And I love you initial words...had it not been for books, for Mama reading to me and taking me to the library, I may not have become a teacher and then a children's librarian.
    Visiting from Kid-Lit...~ linda @ https://thereaderandthebookreviews.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Miss Linda. They were indeed both delightful in their own way :0)

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  2. Both books sound great. Water is water sounds great for teaching kids the water cycle and Stanley looks so cute. I'm visiting today from the #kidlitbloghop.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Miss Bonnie. The water cycle was indeed a great book for teaching. It added a dimension of interest that an ordinary text book would be lacking :0)

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  3. Stanley looks simply adorable and I think little G would love it. Water is water, sounds like a great school book list book. Thanks for sharing them both with us on the Kid Lit Blog Hop

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    1. Thanks Jambo. Wishing you many days of happy reading!

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  4. I agree, summer was here and before I knew it school was starting again. I love the Water is Water book, I think it's important for children to understand this basic concept we seldom think about, especially living in a place experiencing extreme drought. The cover illustration is lovely! Thanks for sharing you "thoughts" on the hop!

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    1. Thanks Stacie. Hopefully you will get some rain soon :0)

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