Sunday, May 18, 2008

Children's Book Monday

Toes Are to Tickle
by Shen Roddie
Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

This has been a favorite bedtime story of both my boys; I rediscovered it in a box of books this past week and now Eliana has joined their ranks.

A sweet little family acts out this short book for us - taking us through their day and all the things they do, besides teaching us what all of these things are for!

We love to say the words together... bread is for more jam please!... clothes are for putting on - and pulling off!... a mirror is for making faces... Our favorite line always results in a tickle fight that takes a few minutes... Toes are to... Tickle! Riotous laughter as we chase each other's toes for a little tickle, then compose ourselves and finish the story.

The watercolors are bright, the pictures captivating; every child will relate to the antics of the children - from the clothes they try on to the messes they make to simple delight in the beauty of nature - flowers to smell, dandelions to blow away in the wind, puddles to jump in!

And no worries, parents - the very end of the book shows the children in their beds, giving Mommy one last hug, one more kiss goodnight - it calms things down nicely as I scoop my Eliana into my arms and she wraps her own around my neck for a hug and a kiss.

Happy Reading!

6 fellow travelers shared:

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to check this out for my silly younger daughter - I'm sure she'll love it! Thanks!

Laura said...

I know Ella will love this one- thank you!

Wendy said...

My kids love this book!

Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience said...

Ah, so relieved to know that it ends with bed and kisses goodnights--otherwise this rowdy house would be utterly doomed. ~warm smile~

Thank you, Elise...

Love from the funny farm to the Hoopers,

Beverly said...

Elise, you've made library days easy for this family! Thank you dear ;-) Hope you are feeling well!!

Mama Ant said...

Oh wow! I just found your site and I want to thank you for the Children's book Monday's posts. I have a list in hand and I am heading for the library later today. I will be back.

Oh, I also enjoyed the Modeling post above.

Come visit me sometime.
~Mom to nine

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