The mornings this past week were cool enough to prompt us to relight our fireplace. We love our fireplace. That little guy can heat our entire house, and keep things quite toasty through some ugly Chicago winters.
It is definitely a cool weather ritual around here for the first person downstairs in the morning to flip on the fireplace. And, it is another ritual for the kids and I to push the couch in front of the fireplace (gotta love hardwood floors and felt), snuggle up and read. I am so blessed.
Here is what we are snuggling up with this week:
Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran, Illustrated by Barbara Cooney – Another sweet book illustrated by Barbara Cooney. This one is the story of a city made of rocks on a hill and inhabited by an imaginative group of neighborhood children. Some treasures of childhood are buried in your heart and carried carefully into adulthood – Roxaboxen is one.
Verdi by Janell Cannon – Verdi is an adventurous little yellow python who has no interest in growing up and turning green. Despite his wishes, and without him noticing, he matures into a lovely green grown-up who still appreciates the energy and excitement of youth.
Dear Garbage Man by Gene Zion, Illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham – Originally written in 1957, an environmentalist book this is not. However, it is an amusing tale about the first day on the job for a garbage man. He makes trash into treasure, only to find it was really just trash all along!
A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla – Clyde Robert Bulla is quickly becoming one of my six-year-old son’s favorite authors. We have enjoyed two other titles by him, and this one has us hooked already. It is a short chapter book we are reading aloud together. The story is about a young girl in the year 1609. Her mother dies, and she determines to take her younger brother and sister across the ocean to where her father has built a home for them in America.
I recommend you hop on your library’s website now – let the requesting begin!
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