Every Mom Is A Supermom

In celebration of Mother’s Day, I found an amazing book, “My Mommy Hung The Moon, A Love Story” by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell. It is a true revelation of unconditional love between mother and child. So grab the little one (or big one) you love and enjoy as the ordinary moments of everyday life become extraordinary because of the magic of mother’s love.

From whichever view you are approaching this Mother’s Day, mother or child, you will fall in love with this tender, sweet, funny story. Here for you, my Sweeties, is the entire book. But please get your own copy to thoroughly appreciate the glorious illustrations.

My mother hung the moon. She tied it with string.                                                                My mommy’s good at everything.                                                                                       She lit up the sun, so bright and so round.                                                                         She puffed out each cloud, stretched trees from the ground.

When she pours down rain so it’s wet and dark,                                                                     I climb up on her like she’s Noah’s ark.                                                                              She zaps out the thunder and makes lightning glow,                                                        then crayons for me a giant rainbow.

She feathered the birds. She taught them to chirp.                                                            She taught me to speak, my cousin to burp.                                                                      She grows all the food and makes it from scratch,                                                             and when she bakes cookies, it’s a BIG MOMMA BATCH!

She writes all the books. She made me TV.                                                                       She drew every ‘toon, boxed all DVDs.                                                                              She webbed all the world, she dotted .com.                                                                      She e’d the email, my own CD MOM.

My mommy’s the boss. She drives in the pool.                                                                   She cures all the sick. She works every tool.                                                                      She zooms in the car and boy, it goes fast!                                                                        And those rocket ships, guess who made them blast?

She flies all the planes. She rows all the ships.                                                                   She makes my new kite do spins and backflips.                                                               She molds every ball, carves rackets and bats.                                                                 And stealing the bases? She’s way good at that!

She buzzed every bee. She spun every spider.                                                                 She growled every bear. She striped every tiger.                                                                My mommy makes music and boy, can she rock.                                                           While we hip and hop, my mommy moonwalks.

She rules the whole world from her throne. She’s my queen.                                              My mommy is nice. She never is mean.                                                                              She pours all the seas and sparkles each star.                                                                  And then she collects one in my night-light jar.

And when she paints night so jet black and deep,                                                              my mommy ship rocks my gently to sleep.                                                                               I dream about how she gave me my start.                                                                               I love my mommy with all of my heart.

Then when I’m asleep all safe in my nest,                                                                            my mommy stays up and does all the rest.                                                                          My mommy hung the moon. She tied it with string.                                                              My mommy’s good at everything.

Blessings and all good things to all moms! Have a wonderful day expressing love and appreciation to your mom. And for those moms who have passed on, remember them by talking about them, telling the funny stories, reliving the great times and relating the lessons to the next generation of loved ones. Nothing makes a mom happier than really good memories! So make them!

A Look At A Book

What Makes A Rainbow?  by Betty Schwartz

Little Rabbit and his mother were sitting under a big flower petal. “Look!” said Little Rabbit. “It stopped raining.”

“Yes,” said Mama Rabbit. “Soon we’ll see a rainbow.”

“What makes a rainbow?” asked Little Rabbit.

“Red,” said Ladybug, gently closing her red wings. “You need red to make a rainbow.”

And so begins the search for all the colors of the rainbow. Each animal adds its favorite color and each page magically shows a ribbon of the same hue. The book ends with a large pop-up rainbow with all the colors in the right order, of course.

What a charming and innovative book this is! All children love books with “moving” parts and the magically appearing ribbons on each page would tickle anyone.

The illustrations are soft and colorful.  All the animals have sweet friendly faces (something I always look for). The pages are thick boards and easy to turn (nice for little hands).

Share this book with your little one and watch the magic appear! And it will – in the book and in the child!

A Look At A Book 5

“Memory Bottles” by Beth Shoshan

Nobody knows what Mr. McAllistair keeps in the colorful bottles which fill the shelves of his shed and sparkle with hidden secrets. “Memories!” Mr. McAllistair says concerning his shed full of bottles. “Each bottle holds exactly one of my most special memories. So when I’m old and I can’t remember things I just open a bottle and everything comes rushing back!”

Mr. McAllistair and his young friend spend the day reminiscing and opening bottle after bottle . . . red ones, frosted ones, tall ones, round ones, twisty ones, double ones, super-skinny topped ones. They laugh, they cheer, they travel through the years of Mr. McAllistair’s life. At day’s end there is one bottle left unopened. “What’s in that one, Mr McAllistair?” asks the boy. Mr. McAllistair leaps up, shouting, “TODAY! I’m going to save the memory of today in this bottle!”

What an absolutely charming book! What a sweet way to show how older people can share their lives, past and present, with the younger folk. And it also includes the younger ones enjoying that interaction. This book is one big, delightful tickle!

The book is not very long, only 24 pages. But the illustrations are grand and colorful. Mr. McAllistair’s memories are very touching and take the two from his childhood to his grandchildren. What a great story to share with your “grand” ones and remember your own best memories. There are many ways to store them, even if we don’t have bottles!

The last page shows Mr. McAllistair and his young friend together in the shed, after a wonderful day of sharing. The young boy says, ” . . . . and we fall back into the chairs laughing.” Isn’t that a fine end to a fine memorable day?

A Look At A Book 4

“101 Places You Gotta See Before You’re 12”  by Joanne Sullivan

 

There is an amazing world out there to discover and everything you need to start exploring is right here in this book. You don’t have to go far or plan a big, expensive vacation to see great stuff. In fact, some of the greatest places may be right around the corner or down the block. You can experience another country’s cuisine at a nearby restaurant, check out the hidden wonders of a nearby cave, or get the inside scoop on what really happens in the teacher’s lounge! The 101 ideas presented in this book are general enough to get you started, but you can choose your own specific destination.

This delightful tour guide is filled with more than 250 color photos, tons of fun facts, lists of popular and little-known sites, journal pages, and a souvenir pocket. There’s also a fold-out map of North America and 150 stickers, so you can mark and rate where you want to go and where you’ve been.

So, how about taking a trip to a repair shop, a farmers’ market, or a retirement home? Or better yet a waterfall, a ghost town, or a landfill? Now, try to find a kooky capital, such as Hidalgo, TX, the Killer Bee Capital of the World or the Sock Capital of the World in Ft. Payne, AL. What fun is that! The adventures are endless and inspiring!

And the information is, well, informative and very comical as well! For example: The Top 5 Reasons To Swim In A Swimming Hole

5 – Your hair won’t turn green from the chlorine.

4 – You’ll be sharing the water with fish.

3 – There’s adventure and surprise–what WAS that thing that just brushed up against me?

2 – No concrete scrapes on your feet.

1 – No adult swim!

You and your grandkids will find this book teeming with suggestions to open your world and expand your boundaries. It reminds us all to take a second look at the things close at hand as well as dream of the once-in-a-lifetime destinations. Now it’s up to you, my Sweeties–set off on your own exciting adventures with 101 ideas!

A Look At A Book 3

“14 COWS FOR AMERICA”                                                                                                                                                                                                           “It is June of 2002, and a very unusual ceremony begins in a far-flung village in western Kenya. An American diplomat is surrounded by hundreds of Maasai people. A gift is about to be bestowed on the men, women, and children of America, and he is there to accept it. The gift is as unsought and unexpected as it is extraordinary.

A mere nine months have passed since the September 11 attacks and hearts are raw. Tears flow freely from American and Maasai alike as these legendary warriors offer their gift to a grieving people half a world away.”

The Maasai’s profound gift of hope and friendship? 14 cows! To the Maasai, their cows are everything. They sing to them. They give them names. They shelter the young ones in their homes. Without the herd, the tribe would likely starve. Their cows are life itself.

When one of their own, Kimeli Naiyomah, returns home from New York, where he is studying to become a doctor, the tribe hears of the great loss and suffering of the American people. America has become his second home and he desperately wants to do something to help. Remembering his childhood teaching of sacrifice, “TO HEAL A SORROWING HEART, GIVE SOMETHING THAT IS DEAR TO YOUR OWN,” he offers his only cow to take away some of the sadness from American hearts.

After hearing his story and seeing his tears, Kimeli’s tribe follows suit and offers up their own precious cows, 14 in all.

The sacred, healing cows will never be slaughtered. They remain in the care of the Maasai and have increased in number to more than 35. They continue to be a symbol of hope from the Maasai to their brothers and sisters in America. The Maasai wish is that every time Americans hear this story of the 14 cows, they will find a measure of comfort and peace.

What a fantastic book this is! And what a wonderful way to teach children how to respond to suffering. It’s never easy and especially with little folks, we tend to avoid the tough stuff. This book is a big help.

I tear up every time I read the last page, which shows a close-up of a Maasai child’s face, with the Twin Towers reflected in one eye. The final sentence reads, “Because there is no nation so powerful it cannot be wounded, nor a people so small they cannot offer mighty comfort.” I think that says it all!

A Look At A Book 2

“Little Old Big Beard And Big Young Little Beard” by Remy Charlip

Sitting around the campfire one evening, Little Old Big Beard and Big Young Little Beard, the best of friends and the best of cowboys, discover their cow, Grace, is gone! Now, as you know, you can not be a cowboy unless you have a cow. So the two cowboys go off, down and around and around and around their favorite hill to look for their beloved cow. Everyday they have their favorite meal of guess what? BEANS! Everyday they search for Grace.

Do they find Grace or does Grace find them? You’ll have to read to find out.

This is the most darling book! The silly opposites and repeating sentences will tickle any child’s funny bone. The playfulness and gentleness will endear it to all.

The story, in its simple way, emphasizes friendship, relationship and caring. When one in the relationship (Grace, the cow) is lost, the other two go to any lengths to find her. Their loyalty for each other and for Grace is understood, nurtured and relied on. Such a deep concept presented in such a lovely way!

The author, Remy Charlip, has written numerous other children’s books and was named a “National Treasure” in a documentary honoring his work at the Library of Congress.

The illustrations are colorful and childlike in their innocence. And guess what? Big Young Little Beard is very bowlegged!

I love this short and tall tale! There is fun, kindness and a hug on every page. Share it with a little cowboy or cowgirl in your life. And guess what? You both will love it!

A Look At A Book

“31 Ways to Change the World” by We Are What We Do. This is a book by 4,386 children who answered the question, “What would you ask one million people to do to change the world?” The best 30 answers were made into the book with room for the reader to give his own answer, i.e. #31.

The philosophy is that changing the world in a big way starts with doing small things. Things we all can do – even kids. The formula is: small actions X lots of people = BIG CHANGE. The art work is bright and colorful and different on every page. Some photos, some drawings, some cartoons.

Some actions are silly – like Action #1 “Make someone smile.” or Action #2 “Walk your Dad.”

Some are educational – like Action #16 “Find out about your food.” or Action #5 “Turn things off when you leave the room.”

Some are fun – like Action #20 “Give lots of compliments.” or Action #12 “Go to more parties.”

Some are eco-friendly – like Action #21 “Stop junk mail.” or Action #22 “Don’t charge your phone overnight.”

My favorite is this one and it’s in cross stitch, no less! Be still my heart!

I love the empowerment this book gives children. And how very creative they can be when facing huge problems. It gives me immense hope for the future. Read this one with your child. Discuss it. Come up with your own list to add to theirs.

Let me quote the paragraph on the back of the book. It can’t be said any better. Buy this book! “You have a HUGE impact on the world around you. Every day, there are things you can do that affect your friends, your parents, your teachers – even chicken farmers and factory workers halfway around the globe. And if ONE person can make a difference, just imagine what lots of people can do. . . . ” Just imagine! Just imagine!