Dancing bird, talking bird

May 1, 2009 at 11:41 pm | Posted in animals, books, childrens books, pets | Leave a comment

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The arrival of a gregarious and loquacious (very talkative) talking gray African parrot pleasantly ruffles the placid routine of the Holdsworth family. Madison, or Mad as his new owner, Harry, calls him, quickly becomes a chatty, checker-playing companion for the young boy. Life for Mad and Harry is thoroughly enjoyable until a burglar abducts the astounded bird during a robbery and hustles him to an unsavory part of London.

Fly me to the Moon!

May 23, 2008 at 2:19 am | Posted in books, childrens books, Fun Stuff | Leave a comment
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And let me play among the stars…

OR
Maybe I’ll just go to the Milpitas Library’s program for school-age kids:

Back to the Moon and Beyond
Thursday, May 29, 3:30 pm
Milpitas Library Community Room
408-262-1171
*Build a model orbiter for the moon. Collect lunar lava rocks like the astronauts and join the Space Exploration Readers Theater.

AND try these great books:

Little Moon Dog plays with the mischievous fairies who come to tour the moon, but he later realizes that the Man in the Moon is his true friend.

Molly Moon’s hypnotic eyes give her the power to stop the world and travel through time. Now Molly makes a stunning new discovery – she’s a mind reader! But can her incredible talents help to rescue her lost twin from future? And will Molly be a match for the maniacal Princess Fang and her crazy mind machine?

This dog can dance!

April 30, 2008 at 6:38 pm | Posted in animals, childrens books, Fun Stuff, pets | Leave a comment
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Calling all good dogs – try the talent show circuit!

If Gin can do it – so can you!

Have you ever seen such talent? !

Reminds me of Officer Buckle’s dog named Gloria:

The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle’s safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches.

Here’s a book to help you teach your dog some tricks or even just to sit:

The lowly, lovable mutt

April 29, 2008 at 1:50 am | Posted in animals, Miscellaneous, pets | Leave a comment
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How much is that doggie in the window?


How much is that doggie in the window? (arf! arf!)
The one with the waggley tail
How much is that doggie in the window? (arf! arf!)
I do hope that doggie’s for sale

I must take a trip to California
And leave my poor sweetheart alone
If he has a dog, he won’t be lonesome
And the doggie will have a good home

How much is that doggie in the window? (arf! arf!)
The one with the waggley tail
How much is that doggie in the window? (arf! arf!)
I do hope that doggie’s for sale

I read in the paper there are robbers (roof! roof!)
With flashlights that shine in the dark
My love needs a doggie to protect him
And scare them away with one bark

I don’t want a bunny or a kitty
I don’t want a parrot that talks
I don’t want a bowl of little fishies [Try our Swim with the Goldfish activity!]
He can’t take a goldfish for a walk

How much is that doggie in the window? (arf! arf!)
The one with the waggley tail
How much is that doggie in the window? (arf! arf!)
I do hope that doggie’s for sale
I do hope that doggie’s for sale

Write about YOUR life!

April 22, 2008 at 11:43 pm | Posted in books, childrens books, Fun Stuff, Miscellaneous | Leave a comment
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Once upon a time there lived a boy named Sue…

Do you have something to say?

How about writing a poem or two?

Or how about writing the story of you?

Here’s a few fun book to get you started:

How to Write Your Life Story (age 9-12)
Ralph Fletcher
In addition to this title, Fletcher has written numerous books to help kids develop as authors, including A Writer’s Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You; Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices; and Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside Out.

When Max cuts out words from magazines and newspapers, collecting them the way his brothers collect stamps and coins, they all learn about words, sentences, and storytelling.

Thanks to I.N.K. for this information from Loreen Leedy!

Spring means KITES !

April 19, 2008 at 12:48 am | Posted in books, childrens books, Crafts n Fun, Fun Stuff | Leave a comment
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Dragonkite by Danarah on Flickr

Spring means flying kites! You don’t have to go anywhere except your own house to make a kite to take to the park. Try making your own kite -

Find out how to make kites and fishing gear and camping stuff and much more in this great classic:

Penquins can fly!

April 4, 2008 at 3:03 am | Posted in animals, books, Fun Stuff, Miscellaneous | Leave a comment
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Flying penguins found at:  http://kikistrikeny.blogspot.com/

Try this great story about penguins:

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Mr Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.With twelve penguins on his hands as pets, Mr. Popper finds himself unable to continue his occupation as a house painter

What’s Cooking?

March 16, 2008 at 11:07 pm | Posted in childrens books, Crafts n Fun, Fun Stuff | Leave a comment
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Eiffel Tower Cookie Sundae

From Ratatoulle What’s Cooking? A Cookbook for Kids by Thomas Keller

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Ingredients

  • Sugar Wafers
  • Ice cream (optional)
  • White frosting
  • Chocolate sauce (optional)

Steps

  1. Build an Eiffel Tower on your plate using sugar wafers as your building blocks and frosting as your cement. You will need to cut some cookies into smaller shapes so your tower stands.
  2. Make a French flag by drawing one on paper using markers or crayons, then cut it out, and tape or glue it to a whole or half a toothpick depending on how tall you want it to stand.Add the flag to the top of the tower
  3. Serve with a scoop of ice cream and chocolate sauce, if desired
From Ratatoulle What’s Cooking? A Cookbook for Kids by Thomas Keller
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Contents:
Bon matin breakfast: Colette’s crepes ; Ooh la la French toast ; Remy’s famous omelets ; French breakfast muffins — Let’s have lunch fromage: Gusteau’s grilled cheese ; Croque monsieur ; Quiche Lorraine ; Easy faux escargots ; Crazy cheese straws ; Cheese fondue — French bread, soup du jour, mmm…salads: A classic baguette ; Vichyssoise ; Chef’s salad ; Salad nicoise ; Dijon vinaigrette — Dinner is served!: Gusteau’s Ratatouille ; Linguini alfredo with peas ; C’est magnifique salmon ; Remy’s macaroni and cheese ; Pizza rats ; Oven-baked French fries — Delightful desserts: Colette’s apron cake ; Django’s dirt cake ; Cherry cheesecakes ; Chocolate bouchons ; Chocolate rats ; Eiffel Tower cookie sundae.
Summary:
Shows children how to cook a variety of simple dishes and desserts. Features characters from the Disney PIXAR film Ratatouille.

Mairzy Doats

March 11, 2008 at 9:45 pm | Posted in silly songs | Leave a comment
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lambs_33.jpgMAIRZY DOATS
Merry Macs
- words and music by Milton Drake, AI Hoffman and Jerry Livingston

Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey
A kiddley divey too, wouldn’t you?
Yes! Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey

A kiddley divey too, wouldn’t you?

If the words sound queer and funny to your ear, a little bit jumbled and jivey
Sing “Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy”


Oh! Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey
A kiddley divey too, wouldn’t you-oo?
A kiddley divey too, wouldn’t you?

Find this song on this cd by Dennis Buck:

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Contents: 
Five little monkeys (traditional) — Those bones (traditional) — Down on Grandpa’s farm (traditional) — Bumpin’ up and down (traditional) — One, two, buckle my shoe (traditional) — Mairzy Doats — Apples and bananas (traditional) — Car car song — Supercalifragilistic — Miss Mary Mack (traditional) — My Bonnie — Aikendrum (traditional) — Five little frogs (Five green and speckled frogs) — “A” you’re adorable — I’ve been workin’ on the railroad (traditional) — Octupus’ garden — Boa constrictor — Teddy bear, teddy bear — It’s a small world — Four leaf clover — We’re off to see the wizard — Billy boy (traditional) — He’s got the whole world (traditional).
Performers: 
Vocals, Al Dana, Doris Eugenio, Eddie Brandt, Joey DiConcetto, Victoria Pontecorvo, Courtney Earl, Diedrich Stelljes, Jessica DiCicco, Lindsay Wolf, Etan Ofrane.
Summary: 
Kid-pleasing songs of all kinds.

 

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