Children’s Books

Today I was reminded why I should not go into bookstores by myself.    Especially not when our son is celebrating his second birthday this weekend.    This morning while the toddler and I were driving to daycare we saw several trucks.   We realized that we do not know the difference between an excavator and a backhoe.    I mentioned that I needed to buy him a book about trucks for his birthday so that we’d know the difference between all of the many kinds of trucks.    So at lunchtime I headed to the children’s book section at Borders.   I’ve always had this obsession with actually owning books vs. taking them out from the library.     I guess I’ve seen too many dystopic movies and fear someday books will become obsolete–too bad it’s my favorite genre.

Anyhow, $90.35 later, here is what I left with:

I know my mom has been buying up books from the Disney collection and my mother-in-law is a kindergarten teacher who gets children’s books from Scholastic and sends us boxes regularly, plus our friend in Hawaii with the masters in children’s literature has a bad book-buying habit.    I’m thinking he may need a set of built-in bookshelves lining his wall by the time he is 3!

The last time our children’s lit nanny friend came to town to visit, on July 4th, we decided to take a trip to Barnes & Noble.    I have no clue how much she spent, but here’s what we left with:

And mommy picked up Corduroy by Don Freeman and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.    I have to say, I’m not digging the Maurice Sendak books.   Maybe when the toddler is older I’ll appreciate them more.   

This week we love Skippy John Jones, however Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and the Toot & Puddle books have also been big hits!

Until next time,

Lorelei
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20% Off Thomas the Train Toys Online

I found this site that has some great deals on Thomas the Train toys, many are 20% off.  It’s a big summer sale they have going on.   It includes some toys that aren’t trains as well, including firetrucks, helicopter, bulldozer, etc.

http://thomasandfriends.hitshopusa.com/

Until next time,

Lorelei

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This Weekend’s Excursion

So, since the hubby will be working this weekend, I am looking to plan a morning outing for me and the son. Maybe I’ll invite my sister to bring her grandkids along, it should be fun. The problem is, I am torn between two events that my kid is sure to love:

Meet the Trucks at Lakewood Park on Saturday, June 7, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Avenue. The event is supposed to have a dump truck, fire truck, ambulance, police car, police motorcycle, SWAT vehicles, ice resurfacer, NASA Bus, Coast Guard “Big Rig” and more plus crafts, face painting, a D.J., bounce houses, a balloon artist, etc.

The other event is the North Coast Boating and Fishing Fest at North Coast Harbor downtown. The event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, though Saturday is probably the only day we’d be able to go. The event has free boat rides and activities for the kids. If my sister was going to join us and bring the grandkids I’d probably lean towards this event, since the kids live about an hour south of here and don’t get to see Lake Erie much, so they are typically amazed by the large body of water.

Both events are free. My deciding factors will probably be the weather and parking. It’s supposed to be pretty hot, finally, so it might be nice to just drive down the street to Lakewood and hang out with the trucks for as long as we can take the heat. Plus, our son has really wanted to sit in a dump truck ever since we let him watch videos of one on YouTube.

I’m sure I’ll post about whatever I decide.

Until next time,

Lorelei
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