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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Read Aloud Thursday

Read-Aloud Thursday at Hope Is the WordTime for another Read Aloud Thursday, hosted by Hope is in the Word. Thanks to another library trip, I'm ready to launch into the B's!

I love our method of collecting books for this challenge, which I've shared before. But because we have some new readers and subscribers (*Carrie waves hello*) I'll repeat a little. I don't ever pay attention to what I'm putting in the bag. We just dump it out when we get home and peruse the bag's offerings. It kind of makes things a fun surprise (although occasionally I have to snatch up books that I'd rather not read aloud before they are seen by the little people).

This time, we discovered a book in our bag for which there is no picture of the cover art available online! It's called The Christmas Lamb and it's by Anne Baird. This is all the information available online:

Author: Anne Baird
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
Publication Date: 1989-07-01
Language: English
Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0688077749
ISBN-13: 9780688077747
Product ID: EPID1244646

It is a story about a little lamb who desperately wants to be a part of the Christmas festivities but thinks you have to be Santa or a reindeer to be EXCITING to children. At the end of a weary day, our little lamb finds a manger nearby a church where he decides to rest up. Yes, you can assume he finds a place to be enjoyed by children after all! This is a super cute book and we both enjoyed it very much, coming off the heels of Christmas (and some of us wishing it lasted all year long - but I can't identify which one of us that is)! If you can find a copy of this book, it's definitely worth a read. Quite the pity it's not easily found anymore.

This is the Way We Eat Our Lunch: A Book About Children Around the World, by Edith Baer is probably an EXCELLENT companion to How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World excepting I haven't read Apple Pie and therefore I cannot say with certainty. However, This is the Way We Eat Our Lunch also takes us on a journey around the world where we learn about what other people eat. In rhyme, of course. From Texas, USA ("Just a little further west, Sue likes tasty tacos best.") to Morocco (where "every day's a couscous feast") - this is a really cool book. It's illustrated by Steve Bjorkman and his style reminds me of my friend, illustrator Paula Becker to some extent. It is not really detailed in its drawing (so it was hard for me to explain to Bookworm1 what couscous was and looked like!) but the people are friendly and charming to look at. Loved every single thing about this book!

We also rather adored Karen Backstein's retelling of The Blind Men and the Elephant. The story has an exotic setting and is about six blind men who hear tell that the local prince has just received a new elephant at his palace. They've never known of an elephant before so they make a trek to the palace to try to figure out what it is. Each one takes a turn feeling the elephant but the problem is that they only each feel one certain part of it. One man feels the elephant's side and says "an elephant is like a wall." One man feels the trunk and declares the elephant to be "like a snake" and so on and so forth, each man walking away with his own interpretation of what the elephant is. The prince then appears on the scene and tells them that the elephant is like all of these things, but that they've each only experienced a part of what an elephant is, but not the whole. He offers them a ride and they all agree that that is the best part of the elephant. However, I rather liked the message of the book. We can each only see parts of this world in our lives. Being a Christian myself, it reminds me not to judge too quickly or make assumptions at what God is working out in my life and in the lives of others. He, (being God and all), can see the whole and bigger picture. His plan is greater than my own. This book was a good reminder of that for myself which I talked a little bit about with Bookworm1. He mostly just enjoyed the fact that it was a story about an elephant though. We would both recommend this title.

The last two books we read aloud this week were My Cat, the Silliest Cat in the World and When the Silliest Cat Was Small, both by Gilles Bachelet.

The concept of these books was interesting. A man owns an elephant that he thinks is a cat. However, the execution of the idea sort of fell flat for both of us. I had to explain it was a silly book, even though we could both tell that it was. Frankly, we were both confused. "Mommy, look at that silly elephant! It looks like a cat! And what one looks like a cow!" The story lines themselves don't really reference the fact that the man in the book is off his rocker so you feel as if you are half expected to just assume the book's silliness or assume that someone is honestly trying to pull one over on you. Again, it would have been a cute concept but we rather prefer Peanut (click on title to see our earlier notes) to these two books.

All in all, I'd have to say that this particular library bag has been filled with some good reads. I love coming home and discovering fun stuff. It's kind of disappointing to lug over 30 books home with you and discover only a couple that you enjoy. It's much more exciting to dump the bag out and not know where to turn first!

So, what have you been reading? A good way to share where you've been with your kids (in book world, of course!) is by participating in Hope is in the Word's Read Aloud Thursday postings. I hope you'll consider joining in!


  1. Hmmm. . . that lunch book looks good, and having used How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World in our schooling, I will agree that it does look like it would make a nice companion. I plan to launch into a brief study of the human body and nutrition, it might make a nice companion for that, too.

    So glad you got so many winners this time!

    It's good to be back and RANDOM! ;-)

  2. I'm going to try to find a copy of The Christmas Lamb. When I was five years old I sang a solo in church about a little lamb. I can remember some of the lyrics, "Little lamb, little lamb, lying on a hillside. Little, lamb, little lamb what did you see?" The rest of the song referred the star and baby Jesus. I hope I can located the music before next Christmas. I'd love for my daughter to sing it as well.

  3. Brimful Curiosities: If you find that song, PLEASE let me know! I also sang it when I was 5 years old for a kindergarten production in Mesa, AZ. I don't remember all the lyrics but my great grandmother always wanted me to sing it for her for the rest of her life. I wonder where I can get a copy of it today.

  4. Think I found it!
    Little lamb, little lamb, lying on the hillside,
    Little lamb, little lamb, What did you see?
    I saw the light of a bright star
    shining down on me.

    Little lamb, little lamb, lying on the hillside,
    Little lamb, little lamb,
    What did you hear?
    I heard the song of the angels
    Singing loud and clear.

    Little lamb, little lamb, lying on the hillside,
    Little lamb, little lamb,
    Where did you go?
    I went to see the dear baby
    Born so long ago.

  5. Oh Terry, that is it! Where did you find it. Thanks so much. I know the melody so we'll have to start practicing now!