What Mouse is Doing Today: We get to sleep in just a little on Saturdays, but even Mouse is not too excited about waking up to the alarm on Saturdays. Mention that it's a soccer day though, and she's immediately wide awake. Most of the time. Today was not one of those days. It took a little coaxing to get her up, and ready for the day.
What Mouse Needs: New shoes. Her feet have grown yet again. So, another activity to add to the list of things to do today. Shoe shopping.
What Mouse is Talking About: Mostly she is into telling stories right now. It's so fun to witness her imagination take flight. She may not have many life experiences to build on, but she can be quite creative when she wants to be.
She is also talking a lot about her birthday. She even has it all planned out. Who she is inviting. What her theme will be. Who will bring and do what. I think the talk stems from the fact that so many other children in her school have birthdays this coming month. She even can tell you the order of their birthdays before it's her turn.
She goes through phases where she sometimes calls me Mommy, Mom or Mama. We are going through a Mama phase right now.
What Mouse is Listening to: "Not talk music, Mommy." I do not generally listen to an audio book or talk radio when Mouse is in the car, but occasionally it's on when I turn the car on. At the moment we are listening to the third CD of a children's song set. The Wheels on the Bus is her favorite from this particular CD. She also has been singing the Itsy Bitsy Spider song quite often lately as well as making up her own songs.
What Mouse is Watching: All week it has been all about Caillou. Yesterday she was in the mood for Jake and the Neverland Pirates. While there are several shows she likes to watch, she often fixates on one at a time.
What Mouse is Reading:
Mr. Peabody's Apples by Madonna, illustrated by Loren Long
Children's; 40 pgs
My daughter has an extensive book collection, but, true to her age, she often has a favorite she likes us to read to her over and over. The favored book changes frequently, which is nice in a way. Just when my husband and I are ready to hide a book because we just can't read it one more time, she fixates on another book.
One of her most recent favorites came as a surprise. A surprise because I had forgotten it was on her shelf. My aunt and uncle had gotten it for her the year before last. The other reason I find it surprising my daughter likes this book is because of its length. I am not sure she fully grasps what the story is about just yet, but it's a lesson well worth learning. Madonna admits the story is not a new one, based on one that has been told in one version or another for over 300 years.
Mr. Peabody is a well liked teacher who is witnessed taking an apple from a fruit stand without paying for it. Soon everyone in town thinks Mr. Peabody is a thief. This is the story of what happens when a person spreads a rumor instead of first seeking out the truth.
This book has an overall good message, and the author does a good job of getting her point across in a way children will understand. I think the biggest draw for both my daughter and I though are the illustrations, which complement the story very well. The book is set in 1949, and the pictures have a late 1940 feel to them in terms of details and characterizations.
Mouse's Final Thoughts: Have a Happy Saturday! And don't play with the light switch.
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