Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Those Darn Squirrels!

By Adam Rubin; illustrated by Daniel Salmieri


If you have a father like mine obsessed with birds (and his beloved birdfeeders), then you'll get a chuckle out of this book! Old Man Fookwire is a grumpy curmudgeon who only likes birds. He likes painting pictures of birds and feeding the birds and the birds love their birdfeeders filled with seeds. Guess who else likes the birdfeeders? That's right - "those darn squirrels!" The squirrels start stealing the bird food, which makes the birds and Old Man Fookwire very unhappy. He doesn't like those pesky squirrels, so he devises a way to keep them out of his backyard. Do you think his high-tech force field will keep the squirrels away? You'll have to read this silly, fun story to find out. And make sure you share it with your dad or grandpa...heehee!

Friday, January 16, 2009

God's Dream

By Desmond Tutu & Douglas Carlton Abrams; illustrated by LeUyen Pham


This is a beautiful book with a wonderful message. It begins with a question - "what do you dream about in your loveliest of dreams?" It then asks you - "do you know what God dreams about?" He dreams about empathy towards other, sharing, and caring about each other regardless of race or religion. The illustrations are bright and depict children from different ethnicities, showing that it doesn't matter where you are from, you are still "brothers and sisters." This book is simply beautiful and a great one to share one on one with your child.