Thursday, February 23, 2012
I love to give the family gifts on Valentine's day (and hide them at the end of a trail of hearts). Books have been the gift of choice for Valentine's (and Halloween too) for the past few years. Here are my picks for this year:
For Rainer . . .
What Do People Do All Day? (Richard Scarry) Oh this is so cute and so classic. I adore all the illustrations and Rainer is a big fan of books with a lot of detail to look at. But there is text here too--explaining different jobs around town and how they all link together in a community. Such fun.
Annie and the Wild Animals (Jan Brett). We are big Jan Brett fans over here (Hedgie's Surprise is a favorite, and the Christmas treasury, too). I ordered this one without really knowing what it was. It's sweet--much more short and "babyish" than the others that we have, but still fun. A little girl entices animals to the house with corn muffins, but no wild animal is a suitable replacement for her lost kitty.
For Dieter :: a selection of William Steig books.
Oh, what can I say about William Steig? Love, love, love! His writing is so original and quirky, so delicious. His word choices delight me. I can't recommend him highly enough. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is a favorite (but you will cry). Also, Brave Irene--so, so good. For Valentine's day I selected two new ones:
Gorky Rises--fun story about a frog who invents a magic potion and goes flying over the town.
Amos and Boris--about an extremely unlikely friendship between a whale and a mouse and how each can help the other.
These were all well received by the boys (although Dieter was secretly hoping for a lightsaber, he didn't seem too disappointed with just the books!)
Ken got books too--about rocks.
What do you give your loved ones on Valentine's day??