Story time is the best time of the day. Whether we're snuggled up on the couch or cozy in our pjs before bed, reading stories with my little ones is one of my favorite things to do. Everyone has a favorite book they remember from their childhood, and every day, parents and kids are discovering new classics of their own. There are many fabulous children's books out there, some of which everyone knows about and others we would have never discovered had my son not simply pulled a random book off a library shelf. I created this blog to share some of these wonderful stories with you. Think of it as a year's worth of the best children's books around, since no day should be without a great story. In the end, I hope we'll all have discovered at least a few new titles that will have made their way onto our list of family favorites. Enjoy!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Day 39: My Garden

I think it's finally safe to say that winter is gone here in New England (although it did snow at my grandmother's house in Maine the other day), and we're excited to enjoy the few days of lovely warm weather (and mud!) that spring brings before we're right into the heat of summer.  The buds are out on the trees, our azalea and daffodils are blooming, and it's time to start thinking about our garden!  We found this fabulous book on the "Spring" shelf the last time we were at the library and absolutely love it!  A little girl loves helping her mother in the garden, watering, weeding, and chasing away rabbits so that they don't eat all the lettuce.  Most of all, though, she loves to dream about what she would have in her own garden... flowers that bloomed forever, tomatoes as big as beach balls, seashells that grew out of the ground, and even a jelly bean bush.  "In my garden, the rabbits wouldn't eat the lettuce because the rabbits would be chocolate and I would eat them," and "the carrots would be invisible because I don't like carrots."  Her garden is even special at night, with morning glories that stay open, shining like stars, and strawberries that glow like lanterns. I love the sense of wonder and imagination that we feel when reading this lovely story, and Kevin Henkes' illustrations are, once again, beautiful.  We highly recommend this book and know it is another that we'll have to own ourselves someday.  What would you grow in your garden?


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