The Bookshelf – Aesop Fables

Aesop fables

This was the BEST Target $1 bin purchase ever. The boys absolutely LOVE it! They have been reading these classic fables all weekend. My husband has been enjoying them too. I never realized how many fables there were. There has to be close to 100 fables in this book…for a DOLLAR! Timeless tales with great life lessons. It’s a win!

The Bookshelf – My Childhood Favorites

I went on a rant last week about my kids lack of ambition for reading. It’s been pretty frustrating. I started thinking back to some of the books I enjoyed when I started reading. I spouted out the titles, the plots, and the characters…no bites. They had no interest. Oh well, the battle continues.

These were some of my favorite chapter books. Later I moved onto The Babysitters Club, Sweet Valley High, and anything by Christopher Pike.

child favorite booksWhat were some of your favorites growing up?


The Bookshelf: Not Your Typical Dragon

Not Your Typical Dragon - Dan Bar-elAs much as I was terrified going to the book fair this week after seeing their suggestions in their flyer, we made it out with a few good books. We steered clear of the right side of the library and ended up finding some wonderful books…so there is hope out there. Of the six books we purchased, this is my favorite. Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el and illustrated by Tim Bowers. First, like many books, I was drawn to the illustrations. They were vibrant and fun. The dragon’s facial expression stole my heart. Good job Bowers, you drew me in. The old me would have just purchased the book because I loved the illustrations and my kids love dragons, but I’ve learned my lesson. I read a few pages.

That was it. In LOVE.

This cute little dragon, Crispin, isn’t what his parents expected. He’s different. He doesn’t breathe fire!! Maybe some whipped cream or band-aids, but no fire. Crispin feels sad being different. However, when his “not-so-typical” talents help save the day, Crispin accepts that he’s unique and so does everyone else. There’s nothing wrong with being different. Being different is often an asset. No matter who you are; an athlete, a brainiac, tall, small…everyone has something to offer. I think this is such an important message for our children, and this book pulls it off with some good humor. We all really enjoyed it.