Sit still before Mommy screams!

Back in October, Max and I received and reviewed two books in the Mini Myths series by Joan Holub, illustrated by Leslie Patricelli (and gave them both 5 snacks!). One was about Hercules and being gentle, especially with little kids, which is an excellent lesson for a new big brother like Max. The other was about Pandora and being patient, which is an excellent lesson for … pretty much any preschooler, including Max!

We were lucky to recently receive the two new additions to the Mini Myths series from the author in exchange for an honest review: Brush Your Hair, Medusa! and Make a Wish, Midas!

Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 9.10.23 AMMake a Wish, Midas! equates the king of myth with a little boy who can’t get enough of the color yellow. When Mommy picks out a blue shirt and jeans, he finds his own yellow t-shirt and pants. He draws a yellow sun, a yellow house, and even a yellow Mommy! Midas’ best friend is a green dinosaur, which is a problem. He wants to be surrounded by yellow! He figures out a way to turn Dinoboo yellow, but it doesn’t work out how he thought it would, and Midas is sad.

Luckily, Mommy is able to fix Dinoboo, and Midas learns to appreciate what he has rather than wishing for something else. Great lesson in our world full of materialism!

Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 9.10.09 AMIn Holub’s other tale, Brush Your Hair, Medusa!, Medusa is a little girl with crazy hair. Her curls stick out in a wild wave around her head, and she puts off using her hairbrush anyway she can. (Can’t really blame her: I wouldn’t want to try to get a brush through those tangles either.)

I struggled with finding a lesson out of this story. I would say that Medusa learned to listen to grownups, but at the end you can tell from her mischievous grin (which is super adorable) that she didn’t plan on letting Dad brush her teeth anymore than she allowed him to brush her hair. What I finally landed on was using Medusa’s experience to explain consequences for not doing what parents ask you to do:

Because Medusa wouldn’t let her daddy brush her hair, they had to cut it off!

Make a Wish, Midas! deserves 5 snacks for the beautiful illustrations that elicit so much emotion from the characters and the lesson to appreciate what you have.

Snacks for Max 5 snacks

Brush Your Hair, Medusa! deserves 4 snacks for the cute depiction of a well-known myth.

Snacks, Gerber

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Let’s go see the kids!

For about 15 months, Max went to play with his friend when Mommy and Daddy were both at work. Sometimes that meant four days a week, sometimes two, sometimes one; but it was always with the same one kid and the same one mom.

children playing, fair, merry-go-round

Max and his buddy at the fair!

At the beginning of the summer, that family moved away (Not too far – we visited them last week for a day at the pool! Just too far to drive him there to be babysat). Luckily for us, our neighbor two doors down is able to watch him. Unluckily, Max took awhile to adjust. (Mommy got lucky: Daddy always drops him off, while Mommy always picks him up, so Daddy was always the one there for the crying.) Continue reading

Eric Carle aids in Potty Training Tot

I have a two week break between my old job and new job (which starts Jan. 7!), so I decided to concentrate on potty training Max during that time. We’ve got 8 days left, and while he has gone in the potty, it certainly still isn’t routine.

The main issue is that he just doesn’t want to stand on his stool to go number one. He goes limp so Mommy has to hold all his weight while struggling to get him to stay in position. It wears me out! Sigh.

Number two has actually been easier since I let him bring a book into the bathroom and read it for him while he sat. He chose his very favorite, 10 Little Rubber Ducks. Eric Carle saves this mom yet again! Continue reading

“Mr. No”

We had Max’s 18 month check-up last week, and I about choked when I read the Development Milestones title: “Mr. No”. How did they know that’s all Max has been saying for the past 3 weeks?

Halloween duck costumeYou see, I was smug, up until 3 weeks ago. Our child rarely told us no. In fact, if you asked him 10 questions, you’d get 9 yeses to each no. That didn’t last. Now, our world has flip-flopped. The little one’s default answer is now negative, and momma’s attitude is now not always positive!

For instance, we went to a neighborhood Halloween party Saturday, so we dolled Max up in his duck costume: webbed orange slippers, bright yellow bodysuit, and duck-billed  hood. He’s been practicing his quacking for, oh, the past year, and he learned to flap his wings reading Down By The Cool of the Pool, so we thought we were set.

Except. Continue reading

Everybody do the Clean Teeth Dance!

Kid-Lit-Blog-HopI’m linking this post up with the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

If you’re having trouble getting your little one to brush his or teeth before bed, Felicity Brooks and Desideria Guicciardini have just the book for you. In fact, I’m thinking they must have their own little night owls who inspired Brush your teeth, Max and Millie!

Brush your teeth, Max and Millie, Usborne Toddler Books

I must say, refusal to brush teeth hasn’t been an issue in our house. My Max actually cries when you take his toothbrush away. He picked up the book in the library specifically because he saw a kid brushing his teeth on the front. (The name was a happy accident!) Continue reading

A Momma’s dream come true

Kid-Lit-Blog-HopI’m linking this post up with the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

Rather than talk about a specific book today, I’d like to talk about a specific place for you to get your books. It’s fantastic to receive books for holidays/birthdays, but you can expand your reading pleasures in a cost-effective way. Max and I went to the library yesterday, and though it felt like we were only there for about 20 minutes, we stayed almost an hour. Continue reading

Anything with Dancing in the title…

will certainly be a hit with my little one. He’s got some great moves!

The Knife and the Fork Go Dancing really starts with no dancing at all, but by the end author Traudi Allen shows some beautiful moves of her own through two of her three main characters, fork and knife. (Spoon watches and gleams.) Continue reading

Not all animals quack

Quick update on little Max – he knows a new word!

I’m allowing myself to brag about it on this blog because it does, in fact, relate to a book. As I’ve mentioned time and again, my toddler’s favorite book is Eric Carle’s 10 Little Rubber Ducks. Due to his resulting obsession with ducks, for a long time he would quack at every animal he met. Continue reading