Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Ramona's books

All Things Bright and Beautiful, illustrated by Anna Vojtech, is a short but lovely
book. The text is simply the hymn of the same name, by Cecil Frances Alexander. The illustrations wind us beautifully through the four seasons, through morning, noon and night, through the inhabitants of creation, with lots of rich visual detail to explore along the way.

In the Garden: Who's Been Here
?, by Lindsay Barrett George is a fun tour through the backyard garden. Who's been nibbling the carrot tops? Who's been feasting on sunflower seeds? Why are there holes in the tomato plant leaves? (Ramona, by the way, was fine with the large, two-page illustration of a tomato hornworm, but it actually made Anne and Betsy jump.)

Seymour Simon's
Cats is great for lots of ooohs and aaahs from Ramona as she looks at the photographs, and Betsy and Anne like to dig deeper into the text to learn more about friends of Mr. Putter.

The Book of ZZZs, by Arlene Alda, is also full of terrific photographs of all things sleeping. A really lovely little bedtime book.

Good Night, Sleep Tight, Little Bunnies, by Dawn Apperley, is another current bedtime favorite. Animals around the world say goodnight to their little ones; in the end, we see all those animals snuggled into a little girl's bed, as her mommy tucks her in. This one brought out Ramona's sense of humor (as if that needs coaxing.) When we turned to the last page, she said, "Oh, they're all stuffed!" And, with a sly grin, she added, "And there's a stuffed girl and a stuffed Mommy."

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