|We created our own bookmobile when focusing on Community Helpers.|
At a local branch of the County of Los Angeles Public Library (which celebrates its 101st birthday this year, hence Project 101), a wonderful book that is a collection of poems was on display: A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Wild Thing absolutely loves this book, and I do too -- it is perfect for encouraging outdoor play and nurturing a love for nature in young ones with poems about playing ball outside, racing, creative walks, playing jacks, blowing bubbles, hopscotch, jump rope, swings and so much more -- including, of course, creative stick play. I do not know about your little ones, but sticks have fascinated Wild Thing for quite some time now and he loves playing with them in a variety of creative ways -- currently a favorite is throwing up rocks and hitting them with a stick, since we have a growing baseball obsession at our house. Another element I absolutely love about the book is the natural diversity of the children featured in the book -- a welcome sight for me, since I am raising multicultural kiddos who have family members of various backgrounds and countries of origins, with relatives who currently live in countries around the world. If you have not read this book yet, I suggest that you definitely add it to your library list!
I also wanted to share this post from Let the Children Play, which shows just how much fun a stick can be, and share that author Marilyn Singer highlights an excerpt from the title poem of the book on her website, which also features writing tips, author interviews and much more.
As for me, my book this week is Big Green Cookbook. You may think a cookbook is a bit of a cheat, but I am also still reading Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, which is 700+ pages so this week I had to pick something light! However, it is not just a cookbook, but also offers great insight and tips on having an eco-friendly kitchen and cooking in a planet-pleasing way, as Jackie Newgent calls it. With Earth Day around the corner, this time of year often reminds people to reduce their footprint and live in a more environmentally-friendly way. However, another great benefit of the book for busy families/mamas, is that a key element to eco-friendly cooking is reducing cooking time and reducing water waste by using less dishes when cooking, and I know many of us are often looking for recipes and cooking ideas that make our lives easier. So, this book not only can help you be more earth-friendly, but will give you more time to enjoy your family and your meals together as you spend less time preparing the meals and cleaning up after dinner. Sounds good to me. For some sample recipes from Big Green Cookbook and to learn more about the author, a natural culinary nutritionist, you can visit jackienewgent.com.
Shared at: Play to Learn Blog Hop, The Children's Bookshelf, Tuesday Tots, It's Playtime, Moms Library, Eco-Kids Tuesday.
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