July 6, 2010

Beachy Keen!

The beach was a blast!  There was family, great food, beach time, horseshoe tournaments, bicycle rides, and fireworks!  And, of course, books!  I finished reading The Girl on Legare Street, by Karen White, and it was as good, if not better, than the  first book in that series.  It definitely needs a follow up to it, though, and I hope she will tie up those loose ends for me soon. 

PDub brought his own collection of books to the beach, and I made a note of his choices. 

The Tale of Peter Rabbit was the tiniest book in the set.  As I was reading it to him, he pointed out poor Peter being pursued by Mr McGregor.  He enjoys the story line in this book though it takes some paraphrasing to get through its entirety just yet.

Farm (Double Delights)There were a couple of flap books he is really enjoying.  His favorite of these was Farm, by Mary Novick and Jeremy Hale. He knows the names of all the animals in the books who are cleverly hidden in the illustrations and flaps.  The colorful and large illustrations really appeal to him.  The other flap book is a cute one with puppies.   Puppies Count has the additional bonus of being a counting book, too. 

The oddest book he shared with me was The Adventures of Sammy the Wonder Dachshund, by Jonathan Miller.  I have seen these in Charleston book stores, but I would have never known how much fun they are for children to read until PDub insisted on several readings of Sammy on Safari.  Again, some paraphrasing was needed.  Still, he loved the adventure of going to Africa in search of the kangaroo!  Did we find one?  Well, you'll just have to read to find out for yourself!

Thomas the Train books are still in his stack and he can recite it along with you when you read.  I added a new one for his birthday. He turns two on Friday!

Books are not just for grown ups at the beach.  They were just as relaxing for him and sure came in handy at nap time.  Be sure to pack some books in your bags when you take your vacation this year. 

There were more adventures to share with you, but the real world is calling today.  Maybe I'll just close the blinds, turn off the lights, and refuse to answer!

Shhhh, don't tell it I'm here...

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  1. Thanks for stopping by today. Your grandson is adorable.

    I agree with you....books go with us everywhere!

  2. Thanks for the book recommendations! I'm going to have to check out The Adventures of Sammy the Wonder Dachshund. With a title like that, how can I not?