Monthly Archives: December 2013

Winner Wednesday: How are you Peeling?


How are you feeling today? Happy? Sad? Confused? Just plain overwhelmed? The New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book winner, How are you Peeling? sets out to distinguish these difficult-to-understand “feelings” through the silly and fun use of mood-holding fruits and vegetables. There’s a tired turnip, a prideful pepper, a lonely leek, and even an outraged orange! Not only can this book be used with very young children to teach the difficult concept of feelings, along with eliciting a wonderful giggle, but it could easily be used with older children who need to be reminded of their imaginative instincts. Think of the possibilities that these emotional veggies could bring about! Could they led to an essay on the unknown life of the sad, neglected pencils at the bottoms of our book bags? Or a riveting poem on the love that a sock has for its pair? The possibilities are endless if you allow Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers’ book be your guide. Where will this book led you?


By: Charlotte Showalter

Series Saturday: Eloise at Christmastime


ImageHappy Series Saturday! Today, I chose to review another one of Kay Thompson’s Eloise books: Eloise at Christmastime. Eloise is six years old and lives in the Plaza Hotel, so of course Christmas is the most exciting time of the whole entire year. Eloise has simply soooooo much to do and not nearly enough time in which to do it. At a flurried, dizzying pace, Eloise leads readers through her exciting and oh-so-busy life — up and down stairs (no time for the elevator), inside and outside, banging on walls, singing Christmas carols, delivering presents, and spying on the Plaza’s many Christmas parties. Eloise will steal your heart with her thoughtful, heartfelt gifts to everyone in her life and with the way she joyfully goes through life. Though no book could ever replace the original, beloved Eloise, this sequel captures Eloise at her very best. I can’t imagine Eloise living life quite as exuberantly as she does during this joyful Christmas season. PS — only 59 days until Christmas!

This post was set to go up on October 26th, but it failed to publish. Sorry for the delay and enjoy now!

Reviewed by Sammie Schmidt