Category Archives: Food

Book Review: The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear

I can’t wait to take Little Lucy berry picking this summer.  I was hoping the berries might be ready but alas the local farms here say that they may not open for u-pick until mid June!  We are still enjoying munching on lots of strawberries and this classic book is the perfect accompaniment to our strawberry snacks.  Don Wood’s illustrations are filled with such warmth and the cute factor for me is over the top.  Little Mouse looks so proud of himself as he gets ready to pick a beautifully ripe strawberry.  However, when he finds out that the Big Hungry Bear can sniff out a strawberry under any and all circumstances, Little Mouse has to figure out a way to save his strawberry and keep that bear away.  I must admit, I am partial to stories and illustrations about mice.  As a child I was fascinated with their small worlds and this book is no exception.  I loved reading it as a child and love it even more as I get to share it with my own.  Be sure to check out the narrated version of the book on youtube and bring on the berries!

Title:  The little mouse, the red ripe strawberry, and the big hungry bear

Authors:  Don and Audrey Wood

Illustrator:  Don Wood

Publisher:  Scholastic

ISBN:  0-590-446894-4

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Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Animals, Food, Picture Books


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Book Review: To Market, To Market

In this very fun spin-off of the old nursery rhyme, an elderly woman makes many trips to market to buy a variety of animals only to have them turn her house upside down.  Wisely, she returns to the store with the wild animals in tow to buy vegetables for soup which all enjoy.  The clever and colorful illustrations, overlaid upon black and white photographs, come to life as they seem to explode from the page.  I love the expressions on this haggard looking woman’s face and her frumpy, yet vintage inspired outfit.  I just know young children will love to chime in with the “Uh-oh!” that repeats on each page as the different animals are brought home.  I found this great pre-K lesson with many different activities to go along with this book (making lists and shopping for pretend groceries, vegetable print art, measuring fun with water and kitchen utensils are just a few of the fun ideas included).

Title:  To market, to market

Author:  Anne Miranda

Illustrator:  Janet Stevens

Publisher:  Red Wagon Books Harcourt

ISBN:  978-0-15-205903-3

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Posted by on February 26, 2012 in Animals, Board Books, Food, Picture Books


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