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!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Day 76: If You Give a Moose a Muffin

When we were packing up for our trip to Maine, we made sure to collect several of our favorite books about one of our all time favorite states.   If You Give a Moose a Muffin doesn’t necessarily take place here, but my son does always associate moose with Maine.  In fact, as we crossed over the Piscataqua River bridge and said, “Welcome to Maine!” he said, “Maybe we’ll see some moose in Maine!”  We did see a moose crossing sign or two, but despite keeping a very close eye out for moose in the woods, we have not seen any yet.  So for now, reading this story will have to do.  We’ve already featured another book in the If You Give series by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond back on Day 11, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, but this one is another favorite.  If you’re unfamiliar with these delightful books, we highly recommend that you check them out.  The illustrations are adorably clever, and the story lines about the silly animals and the havoc they innocently create throughout their days are wonderfully charming.  Do you know what happens if you give a moose a muffin?  He’ll want some jam to go with it, of course.  And then he’ll want more.  But watch out!  As innocent as it sounds, making more muffins will soon turn into making puppets, painting, and a slew of other creatively messy endeavors.  My son always finds these stories terrifically funny, and as a parent, I just love the way the beloved creatures zip from one activity to the next, exhausting their friends along the way.  I know our household can certainly relate!  We’ve read this story every night of our Maine vacation so far, and continue to keep a lookout for moose every day.  Maybe we’d have better luck if we made some muffins and blackberry jam.


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