Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer Reading With Daisy: Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

I have a whole lot of construction going on in my yard right now.  Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site is the perfect book to read right before you go to bed if you like hard-working trucks and wonder what happens at the end of their day.  It has a lot of fun rhymes and you get to read about all the machines in the construction yard!  This is an e-book checked out from our library.  Libraries are the BEST!!
I was a little worried when we got to the cement mixer page.  I heard one is going to be visiting my house soon.
He stops his spinning at the end of the day and goes to bed with a blanket.  I guess he can't be that bad!
There are so many trucks to read about in this story.  I had no idea there were machines that can dig more than I can!  I found out they get tired, just like I do after a big dig.
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site is written by Sherri Duskey Rinker.  She has two boys and knew they'd love a good truck book.  It's illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld who also wrote another favorite of mine ~
Duck! Rabbit!.  I still can't make up my mind which one it is!
Happy Reading!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

{Not So Common}wealth Games!!!

Jasper's mum sent us a link to...
We had no idea this was even happening!  We'll just blame it on the West Coast time zone.  Daisy and I looked through the news clips and pictures.  We adore Scotties and couldn't believe they even included a:

We weren't expecting to see one.  We were just looking at pictures of the most handsome and beautiful black and brindle Scotties. Then, we spotted...
A wheatie!!!  There was actually more than one.  All we could say is "wow".
Can you imagine all the Aaarrooos and Scottie energy with 41 all together?  Thank you, Scotland!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Reading With Daisy: A Ball For Daisy

This week's selection is another book close to my heart.  A Ball For Daisy is an award winning book...and it doesn't have ANY WORDS!  It's true - it's a book that anyone can read.  Each time I read A Ball For Daisy, I make up a different story.  Have you ever just read pictures?  You should try it today and then encourage a little person to read just the pictures.  They feel so grown up when they can read a story to you!
So, as you correctly guessed from the title, this book is about a dog named Daisy and a ball.  I brought my ball along because I thought it'd like to hear the story.  Chris Raschka illustrated the whole book and penned the most perfect title ever.
You are not going to believe this, but 'some doggie' makes an appearance in this story!  Look what some doggie does to Daisy's ball.  Sometimes, you lose something you really love and are so sad.
I have personal experience with some doggie destroying my toys.  I just don't know how it happens.
Don't read about Snow Crab, ok?
Hooray for a happy ending! You won't see what's coming the first time you read the story.  I was surprised myself, so I don't want to give away how Daisy gets a new ball.  It's my favorite part!
Chris Raschka also wrote Yo? Yes!, which is another great book for all readers.
Another amazing book to practice reading pictures is Tuesday by David Wiesner.  Take a look...
It doesn't matter how old you are, YOU can read A Ball For Daisy! Crabby is off for a little plastic surgery.
Happy Reading!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Snow Crab

Daisy got a little crab stuffie and has been making it snow fluff all over the house. 

Friday, July 18, 2014


Company's coming!!
It's Vangie time!!
Daisy's worn out after the all the love she bestowed on Vangie.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Reading With Daisy: Moira's Birthday

I'm back with one of my all time favorite authors... Robert Munsch!  This week, I'm going to tell you about Moira's Birthday.
Robert Munsch has such a gift for story telling.  The first graders hear a lot of his stories during September when they need *lots* of story breaks.  Mr. Munsch's books always capture their attention, have them laughing, and generate a great discussion after!  Let's take a look at Moira's Birthday...
Moira is going to have a birthday and wants to invite grades 1 - 6 annnnnndddd the kindergarten.  At this point, the first graders say "oh no - those kindergarteners are going to be trouble".  Heeheehee.
Moira's parents tell her she can only invite 6 children.  Just 6.  You see where this is going, right?  By the end of the day, the whole school is invited!
When aaaalllllll the kids got to Moira's house, they realized they didn't have enough party food.  So, Moira ordered 200 hundred pizzas AND 200 cakes!  Of course, that was going to take a loooooong time, so the kids went home and grabbed some food.  Those kids sure have some interesting food at their homes!
So many funny things happen during the party with all those kids!  The pizzas and cakes get delivered right after the kids go home.  Moira is a clever girl and has a brilliant solution on how to get rid of all that food!
I really think you will love to read Moira's Birthday!  It's also fun to 'read' the pictures by Michael Martchenko!  You can't go wrong with a Robert Munsch book!!!  I think I'll have to review another one of his books this summer.  It is so hard to pick just one!
Happy Reading!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Daisy in Blogville

Murphy and Stanley are hosting a "We are blogville" blog hop to see where everyone is from!  It's a little census for all the blogger critters!
Here's Daisy...
She is a wheaten Scottie who's a year and a half already!!  We live in Mission Viejo, California.  It's almost exactly half way between Los Angeles and San Diego.

We LOVE reading about all the residents of Blogville!!  

Friday, July 11, 2014

A Cool Drink of Water

I got a new fountain to hang in our courtyard. I thought it would be a good idea to test it out before it was hung. Daisy thought it was her own personal drinking fountain!
After she drank her fill and I added more water, Daisy decided she needed to figure out how it works. 

So tasty...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer Reading With Daisy: The Dumb Bunnies' Easter

This week's book is sure to tickle your funny bone!  I know the book has the word "Easter" in the title, but this book has EVERY holiday in it!  If you look closely, Baby Bunny is celebrating the 4th of July.  The Dumb Bunnies are pretty funny in all their books, even though they think they are just normal bunnies. 
Let's take a look at The Dumb Bunnies' Easter.  On the cover, all the holidays make an appearance. Dav Pilkey illustrated the book.  He says the illustrations in the book were done with watercolors, India ink, acrylics, and Hamburger Helper!  Dav is a witty guy! 
What's really funny about this book is it is written by Sue Denim.  Heeheehee - if you say Sue Denim really fast it comes out as pseudonym!  Ha!  Guess who really wrote it...Dav Pilkey! 
Here's a sample of the crazy pictures that are just as funny as the story.  The Dumb Bunnies spend most of the story getting ready for Easter while getting all the holiday traditions mixed up.  It says, "That night while they slept, the Easter Bunny came in a shiny red minivan pulled by eight flying pilgrims."  I'm cracking up here!
This is my favooooorite part of the Dumb Bunny books.  Poppa Bunny always tells Baby Bunny he's good at picking things.  Baby Bunny is picking his nose....aghhhhhhh.  Poppa Bunny says, "that's my boy!".  All the first graders think it's super funny, too.
Dav Pilkey is a super fun author and illustrator.  I think he must like dogs because look what else he wrote:
Front Cover

and  Front Cover  and  Front Cover

Dav's books get funnier every time you read them!  Always take a look at the copyright page of the book to see what he uses to create his illustrations.
Happy Reading!