Sunday, July 4, 2010

6th July

This is a no-birthday day, so I want to tell you about two great books that I can't feature on a birthday as I don't know the authors' birth dates. The first, is Milo Armadillo by Jan Fearnley, a story about a child, Tallulah, who wants a pink rabbit so much only to have to settle on a pink armadillo that her grandmother knits her. When I bought this book for the library I found the pattern for knitting the armadillo on the Walker Books website and got all inspired about knitting. We had also just bought Kids Learn to Knit by Lucinda Guy and Francois Hall, so inspired by these books, we put together a knitting and sewing book display. The idea for the knitted bunting came from Lucinda Guy's book. While looking for books in the library suitable for this display I found Shall I Knit You a Hat? by Kate Klise and illustrated by her sister, M. Sarah Klise, and Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski and Lee Harper. Woolbur, the second book you shouldn't miss, is a lovely book about a sheep who is not like any other sheep. He hangs out with wild dogs, dyes his wool, avoids shearing and will not follow the flock. Woolbur has a wonderful list of Dos and Don'ts. A good list to start a discussion or to have as a Circle Time focus:

DO express yourself creatively…
DON'T worry if you weave your forelock into a pot holder!

DO march to your own beat…
DON'T worry when Maa and Paa tell you to stay with the herd!

DO be bold and brave…
DON'T be afraid to BE YOURSELF!

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