In some ways, this week has flown by. In other ways, it's resembled those snow days from earlier this month. I was sick, and just as I'm feeling better, my littlest is sick. Only she's burning hot and she hacks and snorts in her sleep, so she's out of school and home-bound again.
Today I'm heading to Big Sis's school for their first Drop Everything And Read Day event. That's D.E.A.R., for the unfamiliar. The actual date for the event is April 12 (Beverly Cleary's birthday!), but our school has one scheduled for this month and another for next month, in the hopes of getting more parents to come. We're invited to drop in at the school today to read in small groups with the kids. Big Sis is ecstatic. Mom is reading in her classroom two days in one week! (I also read Owl At Home on Wednesday, which was World Read Aloud Day. I did Horton Hatches the Egg just last week for Read Across America! I do love a good literary-themed day! More, more, more!)
I let Big Sis pick the books I should bring. We decided on A Bad Case of Stripes* by David Shannon, which is one of our very favorites. Are you familiar with the story of Camilla Cream, who wants desperately to fit in and insists she doesn't love lima beans and worries about what to wear until, low and behold, she breaks out in a bad case of stripes? We have serious love for this book. I think it's one of the reasons Big Sis always marched to her own beat when she was younger. (I've noticed she's trying harder to adapt to others' tastes, though, so I think it's time to read this one again.)
She also insisted on A Girl and Her Gator by Sean Bryan, illustrated by Thomas Murphy. I threw A Boy and His Bunny on the pile, too. (We don't have A Bear and His Boy. The OCD part of me wants to click and buy right now just to complete the set.) These books are short, cute, and silly. Perfect read-alouds for first-graders, I think.
Oh! And I get to stay for lunch, too. Now I can observe for myself why it's so hard for the girl to finish anything...
Today is International Women's Day. For us, it's dance class day, although only Big Sis will be going. We might go see some musician friends play a gig afterward. Maybe I can talk someone into buying more Girl Scout cookies... I can always say, "Hey, it's International Women's Day! Support a girls' organization!" Right?
As always, dear readers, Merry Weekend! Happy Reading!
*When I read that story for storytime, I brought steam-in-bag lima beans to nuke in the breakroom, which I doctored with a little salt and butter. I doled them out in little sample cups from the cafe and offered them to the storytime kiddos. They preferred their usual sugar cookie. I did turn one parent onto lima beans, though - she'd never tried them! No limas were wasted. I'm a glutton for lima beans. Every leftover cup was emptied right into my mouth. I wear my lima love proudly, unlike Camilla Cream.