Friday Catch-Up

A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke.
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2013.

 So my library stack is huge, but my play opens tonight, which means the week has been very busy.  I must share my favorite book from my current stack, though.  I know there are some sloth fans out there!  This book is absolutely wonderful.  I so need to own it.  I mean, look!

I'm currently reading the Dare Wright biography I got the other day, as well as Mary Poppins.  I'm taking a break at home, though, to finish up the All-of-a-Kind Family books.  I'm almost done with Uptown.  Then there will only be one left!

We're still reading The Marvelous Land of Oz at bedtime.  I'm so excited to re-read these books.  Last night, Tip brought the Sawhorse to life with the Powder of Life.

This week has seen play rehearsals, a Girl Scout pool-side shindig and the awarding of Cookie prizes, some beautiful flowers from Mr. B, a new ice cream parlor, lunch at the bookstore, donuts, chalk drawings, a visit from the Tooth Fairy, and a backyard "concert" by Little Sis.

I thought I'd share a few neat linky odds and ends, too.  Look at this cute Willy Wonka birthday party at Kara's Party Ideas!  (I still love this one at Imagination Tree, too.)  Anyone else out there have a thing for Charley Harper's illustrations?  This awesome "Charley Harper for the Nursery" round-up appeared on Apartment Therapy today.  I know I keep saying I'm going to do a post all about macaroni and cheese, but I always forget to take pictures when I cook.  I get too focused.  That said, I just made this one again today.  It's become my go-to mac and cheese.  Finally, thanks to my bizarre collection of things no one wants anymore (namely the empty container an Edison cylinder once came in), the girls and I got into a discussion about early phonographs.  We found this video of a 1910 cylinder recording being played on a 1905 Edison phonograph.  What's cool is to contrast this one with this 1914 78 RPM disc recording, played on a Victor Talking Machine.  As Little Sis said, "That sounds a lot better."

Yeah, my kids are going to know a lot about archaic technology, I'm afraid...

Merry Weekend!  Happy Reading!

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  1. Oooohhhh! I've really been wanting to get my hands on that sloth book! Looks way cool. Love your insta collage there! :)

    1. The sloth book is precious. Really, I didn't even begin to show you how wonderfully cute it is. And thanks!

  2. Ok I think my kid would go NUTS over that sloth book! We watch sloth videos on YouTube all the time! Love all your instagrammy pix. So cute. Your blog makes me happy. Makes up for the sad of not being neighbors :)

    Did you read in one of the All of a Kind books about how the kids ate cookies and treats in their beds one night? I thought that was the coolest thing when I was young, and tried to do the same thing. It was totally fun!

    1. The sloth book is fantastic. It's cuter than I could even begin to show you. And thanks. I so wish we lived closer, too! xxoo

      I did read that one! Too funny.

  3. Oooh, the sloth is just too adorable. Made me smile just looking at it:)
    I love Charley Harper too. We have his Giant Golden Book of Biology and every once in a while I pull it from the shelf just to drool. His illustrators are nothing short of genius.
    Looks like you had a wonderful weekend. Your girls are so adorable, they always seem to be having some sort of awesome fun:)
    I'm curious to hear how you like Ella of All of a Kind Family. I wasn't nearly as crazy about it as the others, I thought Jules was a stick in the mud and I missed the fun of the other stories since this one was much more serious. In all fairness, I may have just read them all too close together and had a bit of burnout, but I'd love to hear your take on it.

    1. The sloth book is one of the cutest things I've checked out in a long time. I really didn't show it off that well. It's going to be difficult to take back!

      I am so jealous that you have the Giant Golden Book of Biology! That thing goes for a pretty penny nowadays. A couple years ago, we had a Charley Harper calendar, and it was so funny. Every month, the oldest would rush at it, more excited to change it than I was! He's definitely an artist we all agree on.

      I just started Ella last night, so I haven't had a chance to get very far into it. I will let you know!

      I hope you're having a lovely weekend! xxoo

  4. If you ever want to get a copy of it, look for it under the title Biology (Learning with Colour). It is a British issue of exactly the same book, but it sells for a LOT less. I paid $30 or so for ours and that includes shipping from the UK. Right now there aren't any listed according to, but it crops up on ebay from time to time, as well as Amazon UK. I'll have to blog about it one of these days. Pretty much any of those Giant Golden books are thoroughly vintage droolworthy:)

  5. Aww we love the sloth too! and your pictures- looks like you had a lovely week. Good luck with your play!

  6. The Sloth book looks so cute! And I am intrigued by the All-of-a-Kind Family books. They seem really nice and I have never heard of them before. I am so checking them out right now!!!

    1. I had seen them, but didn't know anything about them until Becca at Once Upon A Bookshelf did a post about them.

      The sloth book is truly wonderful. I can't say it enough. :o)


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