Friday, August 26, 2011

Just for Fun Friday: Reading for Enjoyment

OK so this week began with a minor earthquake and it looks like it's going to end with a huge hurricane.  So today we decided to enjoy the lovely weather while it's here, and read some books "just for fun" at one of our favorite local little garden spots.  Sometimes I have to remind myself that while reading is a learning experience, it's also one of the most pleasurable past times.

A Great Place to Enjoy Books

Especially with this view!

Here's the books that we enjoyed.

I Am Invited to A Party!
An Elephant and Piggie Book
words and pictures by Mo Willems

What's better on a Friday than a book about a party.  In this book, Piggie gets invited to a party, and Gerald (who KNOWS parties) gives Piggie some advice on how to be ready for the party ("We MUST be ready," he exclaims).  Luckily, in the end, Gerald does know parties after all; otherwise, these two would have looked pretty silly showing up in fancy clothes, costumes, and holding swim gear.  Baby bookworm enjoys this book very much, but honestly, what Mo Willems book doesn't she enjoy?  None. 

If you haven't been introduced to best friend's Piggie and Gerald yet, go out right now and get one of their books!

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz

This book is one of my all-time favorites and it makes me SO happy that baby bookworm FINALLY has the attention span to enjoy it too.  We can all relate to that occasional day when it just seems like the universe is out to get you.  What is fun to me about this book is the comical way Alexander responds to his bad day.  He acts in a true child-like manner saying things like "no one even answered" or "I think I'll move to Australia," but how many adult Alexanders do you know that throw a pity party for themselves when things aren't going their way?  That's why this book makes me chuckle a little.  So next time you are having a bad day, think of Alexander, and remember the lesson that his mother teaches him: "some days are like that. Even in Australia". 

Hmmm......on second thought, maybe this story would have been better suited for a Monday.  Baby bookworm has grown to love it, though, so I'm guessing we'll read it on Monday too.

We took a great walk and explored the flowers after reading

A short post that I hope has sweetened up your day, whether rain or sunshine; and I guess given the events that will likely unravel this weekend (at least in our neck of the woods), two quotes from these tales seem especially relevant to end this post: 

"We must be ready!"


 "some days are like that." 


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