My daughter made me a beautiful painting of a flower for Mother's Day this year. The painting is on one side and, on the other, is are two sets of her hand prints (green with paint) meant to be grass with a flower coming up and a photo of her in the center. It is truly a treasure I will keep forever. When Mouse presented it to me, it was wrapped in pink tissue paper. She blurted out a quick, "Happy Mother's Day!" and then proceeded to tell me she would open my present for me--which she did before she'd finished talking.
I know Mother's Day is not a happy day for everyone--and for those who are feeling sad today, know that I am thinking of you. For those of you who are celebrating the day, may you have a wonderful Mother's Day full of happy memories.
When we visited the library a couple weeks ago, Mouse went straight for the round bookshelf display and pulled a book off the top. It was That is NOT a Good Idea! by Mo Willems, which is about a fox and a duck. The fox asks the duck to go on a walk with him and they proceed to the fox's house. It's an adorable book with a twist at the end, which my daughter quite enjoyed. We read the book five times in one sitting before I finally convinced her we might want to try another book. We ending up checking out That is NOT a Good Idea! and bringing it home. I actually thought we wouldn't make it out of the library yesterday without renewing it, but, after two more readings while at the library, she handed it over to the librarian. The illustrations are bold in color and rather simple in design. They fit very well with the story and I think young children will enjoy this book.
On the music front, Mouse is obsessed with the CD Blue Moo, and I have to say I'm quite taken with it too. She received the CD from my 1950's music loving mother who could not resist some of her old favorites (B.B. King, Davy Jones, Brian Wilson, and the Pacemakers just to name a few) recording these fun songs. Sandra Boynton wrote the songs and Michael Ford composed them. The songs all have that '50's rock sound to them. Mouse has a few favorites including Singing in the Shower, The Nose, The Gorilla Song (called The Banana Song in our house), and The Uninvited Band. Whereas my favorites are Speed Turtle and Big Band Sound. Not a car ride goes by these days without Mouse asking us to play Singing in the Shower. She tolerated it when her father switched to a different CD one day, but a few days later when I popped Blue Moo in, Mouse was over the moon with glee.
I'm embedding the making of the book related to the CD. It is nearly 10 minutes long and has an ad in front. Check it out if you are interested and have the time. You'll get an idea of what some of the songs sound like.