Sunday, May 17, 2009

Animals in the Kitchen

I have neglected to update Mary and Benjamin's book pics over the past couple of weeks, but honestly, my little ones never tire of Pinkalicious or Smash Crash even though we check out new books from the library weekly!

At the library, Mary has a ritual of checking out the SAME book every other week if it is available. The book...My Pony by author/illustrator Susan Jeffers. This is a delightful story about a young girl who very badly wants a pony of her own, but is repeatedly told no by her parents due to finances and logistics. Hmmmm, sounds like someone else's situation that I know!

For the time being, the main character is satisfied with drawing pictures of horses and allowing her imagination to "run away" with her. Susan Jeffers is a renowned children's illustrator and author and you can learn more about My Pony and her other books and illustrations at her website here. Mary often likes to "read" My Pony (she has it memorized page by page in its entirety) in the kitchen while I'm making dinner.

Speaking of kitchens, Benjamin's book pic for this week is Eight Animals Bake a Cake by Susan Middleton Elya. Benjamin, 2, absolutely LOVES this rhyming story about eight farm animals that each bring a different ingredient to bake a cake. "Eight animales, ready to bake, get out of bed to go bake a cake." "Cat brings the butter, so creamy and thick. 'Fresh mantequilla,' says Gato, 'one stick.'"

With over 30 Spanish words included, (along with a handy glossary and pronunciation guide at the beginning of the book) both my kiddos have been learning basic animal and food words in Spanish without even realizing it! (We especially love hearing Mary and Ben's "Spanish" accent as they try to mimic Mommy's pronunciation!) In the end, those silly animals fight over taking the pastel (cake) out of the horno (oven) and end up with pineapple upside-down cake! Delightful as well as delicious...recipe included at the end of the story!!! To learn more about the Eight Animals series or Susan Middleton Elya click here.

Over Mother's Day weekend, we took the little ones to the Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead located in Overland Park, Kansas. They had a fantastic time exploring this 12-acre farmstead in the middle of suburbia!

Benjamin just doesn't quite know what to make of the dairy cow, although he is curious!

Our very own "pony girl".


  1. great book picks...I think it's time for a trip to the library! My daughter has learned spanish from Dora :-)

  2. Thank you for sharing!

    My boys are 6 and 8.

    Yes, we homeschool year round! LOVE it!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice thoughtful comment. I appreciate it.

    I look forward to following your blog!


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