Book list V

“Rhyming Dust Bunnies” By: Jan Thomas

-Silly rhyming dust bunnies and their adventures with cleaning tools.

“Cook-A-Doodle-Doo!” By: Janet and Susan Stevens

-A comical follow up story on the classic “Little Red Hen” where her great grandson and his friends make a strawberry shortcake. Recipe included.

“I Love it when You Smile” By: Sam McBratney

-Mommy kangaroo tries to get her little joey to smile and to be happy. He only cracks after a minor mishap.

“The Sea Serpent and Me” By: Dashka Slater

-A story of a young girl and a sea serpent that was carried from the sea by a storm.  It became her pet, but she had to take him back to sea because it was best for him.

“The Full Belly Bowl” By: Jim Aylesworth

–  A mystical story about a bowl that multiplied whatever was put in it.

“Healthy Snacks with Blue” By: J.P. Chanda

-Blue’s Clues to eating healthy

“One for Me, One for You” By: Sarah Albee

-A Blue’s Clues book about sharing.

“Who is in the Garden?” By: Vera Rosenberry

-A beautifully illustrated book about creatures you’d find in a garden.

“Moon Man” By: Tomi Ungerer

-A wild tale about when the moon man visits the earth, and how the phases of the moon help him get out of trouble.

“My Father’s Hands” By: Joanne Ryder

-A girl watches her father work the garden, noticing what his hands look like as he works. She knows that she can trust his caring hands as he shows her garden creatures and treasures.

“Our Garage Sale” By: Anne Rockwell

-A family choosing things from their home to hold a garage sale, making things that are still in good condition available for reuse.

“Toes are to Tickle” By: Shen Roddie

-Seeing the everyday world through a child’s eyes.

“The Itsy Bitsy Spider” By: Iza Trapani

-An extended adventure of the Itsy Bitsy Spider.

“Tops and Bottoms” By: Janet Stevens

-A follow up story to the tale of “The Tortoise and the Hare” where the Hare outsmarts the lazy old bear to get enough crops to sell and make money to buy back the land he lost in the bet he made with the Tortoise.

“Inch by Inch” By: Leo Lioni

-A clever inch worm loves to measure things and has to inch his way out of danger.

“Fancy Nancy Aspiring Artist” By: Jane O’Connor and Robin Priess Glasser

-Nancy decides to become an artist while on Spring Break. Learn fancy vocabulary, famous artists and their style.

“Diego’s Great Dinosaur Rescue” By: (adapted by) Sheila Sweeney Higgenson

-Diego and friends time travel to rescue a Maiasaura. Learn facts about different dinosaurs. Spanish/English

“Moonbathing” By: Liz Rosenberg

-A young boy and his older male cousin have adventures searching for treasure at night on the beach by moonlight.

“Peter’s Pockets” By: Eve Rice

-A young boy spends a day with his uncle and finds many treasures to take home, but he has no pockets in his new pants. His uncle carries all of the treasures home in his pockets. The boy’s mother surprises him by sewing many treasure pockets onto his pants.

“How Many, How Many, How Many” By: Rick Walton

-A 1-10 counting and search book centered around nursery rhymes and topics kids learn as they grow.

“Keep Looking” By: Millicent Selsam and Joyce Hunt

– A story about looking harder to find animals in the winter. What they do and how they hide.

“The Easter Cub” By: Justine Korman Fontes

-A bear cub experiencing the joys of spring.

“Fluffy and Baron” By: Laura Rankin

-A dog and his duck best friend.

“Math in the Bath (and other fun places too!)” By: Sara Atherlay

-Math is everywhere.

“The Queen of France” By: Tim Wadham

-A fun story of a young girl using her imagination, playing dress-up, and getting her family involved in her adventure.

“Mouse, Mole, and the Falling Star” By: A.H. Benjamin

-Two great friends at odds because they didn’t want to share the wish they would get by finding the fallen star, and how it all turns out in the end.

“The Bugliest Bug” By: Carol Diggory Sheilds

-A contest to see who is the best bug, and finding out who the true hero bug is after all.

“Calvin can’t fly. The story of a bookworm birdie.” By: Jennifer Berne

-About how Calvin is different and how him being different saved all the bird friends and family.

“Red Sings from the Treetops, A year in colors” By: Joyce Sidman

-Beautifully illustrated, with fun color themed poems that make you think about what the poem is referring to in the pictures.

“Alpha Betti” By: Carlene Morton

-A girl learns to alphabetize and organize to get the most out of her day and find what she is looking for quickly. She becomes an alphabetizing hero.

“Scoot!” By: Cathryn Falwell

-A look into spring/summer watching nature and animals rhyming their actions. You’ll also find information about the animals, habitats, and instructions how to print textures with paint.

Time Outs are not only for children…

Sometimes as adults we forget that we also need “time outs”. Time outs are meant to help a person of whatever age take a step back, calm down, rest a bit, and to get a new perspective. We can not forget to take advantage of this clarifying time to feel in control and focused.

Taking a step back from a situation or an emotion helps you get back to calm. When you are calm you don’t act out of an emotional state causing the situation to build to something out of your comfort or control zone. Your calm helps you and others to stay in a more balanced atmosphere.

Calm down. What is it that you can focus on to ease your state of mind or physical pressure? For me I block out distractions and breath deeply until whatever pressure on me (mental, physical pain, anxiety) has subsided enough for me to act from a calm center.

Rest…Frustrations and accidents escalate when you are physically drained. Learn yourself enough to know what signs show up when you are worn down. When you get to a point in your day where you are fumbling through, making mistakes, getting stressed and frustrated take a step back. Make a mental note of what is happening within yourself and why, then take a time out to regain your calm center, take care of yourself (have you eaten lately) and get back into control of the situation. A person does not have to run themselves into the ground to be productive! A good 10 minutes to refocus can make such a difference in how you feel and at what quality you perform your task.

Finding a new perspective is all about seeing what is already before you in a different light. Once you have gotten back to a calm state, work through whatever the point of frustration is to find a more positive angle on it. Can you make the task easier? Did you hear a suggestion from another person that could make the situation/project go more smoothly? Is everything really falling apart or are you approaching things from a stressful state?

Time outs have everything to do with finding your calm again, and working through a little at a time. A person can not successfully/happily go through life by pounding their head against a wall. So help yourself out by taking a time out: step back, calm down and breath, rest, and find a new perspective.

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