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I also think of it as more of an 8" x 10" or more of a larger but not thick book. Oh, and the background of the cover seemed to be a pretty light blue. The stories were charming and I remember that the cover had like a "film" that covered it -- I had handled the book so much that a piece of the opaque cover was tearing away. The pages were very smooth, I can still feel my hands sweeping over the pages. I lived in Ohio at the time and the person who gave it to me lived there as well, so it wasn't like some item that was only available on the coast.

Anyway, I miss it terribly and have long lamented that it got away from me. This is in the Solved Stumpers section. Front cover is light blue, showing Santa putting toys into an overflowing sack. Toys and elves are on the snow around the sack, and continue onto the back cover.

Forty-Three stories and poems, include Mr. Your mention of Granny Glittens rang a bell! Hope this is your answer. The later editions of this book have a cover depicting Santa with an overflowing gift sack as he rides on a sled with some children. The original edition has a cover with Santa and two angels on his lap. This book is about 8 x 10 size and has the story "Granny Glittens and Her Amazing Mittens" but I don't see in my copy of the book the other stories the seeker mentions.

Stories in this book include "Mr. This sounds like it could be one of the Santa Mouse books by Michael Brown. M 27 and N 9 sound like the same book. Thank you, Thank you, Thank youI would like to know if you have this book to sell me or a way for me to find it. This book was read to me by my Father when I was a child in the 50's 55?? Thanking You in Advavce. It was a poem my grandmother used to recite.

Unfortunately, my mother doesn't know the title or the author, but the fact that Grandma recited it to her children, then her grandchildren, puts it back to the s--probably earlier. Some of Grandma's stories predated Grandma. I'm having the devil's own time finding a story she used to recite--we've figured it originated in a magazine printed before she was born; more on that later. Keyword searches on this not one thing more, stocking, mouse, Santa Claus, etc. Maybe someone can do better with them than I.

If this was printed, either by itself or as part of a larger book, I would very much like to know where, and how to get a copy! If this was made into a children's book, perhaps having the original author will help. The book which is identified as from the "Santa Mouse" series is actually the same poem I sent to solve stumper N9. They should both be listed under that title. Well, it sure helps to have the correct spelling of the author's name! I still didn't find anything to indicate that Santa Claus and the Mouse was a picture book by itself and want to know if it was but there were all sorts of collections of poems, including holiday poems, and of course it could have appeared in someone else's collection of poems.

I also did a search on Google with "Emilie Poulsson" and "Santa Claus" and still couldn't find anything like Santa Claus and the Mouse as a picture book, but did find a story called How Mrs. Does anyone know if this story featured a sugar plum sleigh? It might be the one I'm looking for. I think "How Mrs. It was first published in a womens' magazine, Don't remember any particular mention in it of a sugar plum sleigh. Recently I was going through a box of books and found a very old one by this author which must have belonged to my grandmother.

Sure enough, the poem was in it! I'd never have known to look for it there had I not been informed of the author's name. Barbara Chapman, The Wonderful Mistake, When I read this "memory", I thought I'd read it before. The orphans decide to make a nativity scene and the fancy doll becomes the beautiful Virgin Mary.

It ends with having the mistake be one that "made this Christmas the best for everyone. I am the original poster, and Santa's Footprints is the correct book. You can put this one down as solved! Augusta Huiell Seaman, Sapphire Signet , You may want to check out this book. The author was an extremely popular writer of children's mysteries nearly years ago.

I have never read this particular one, because it's very rare, but the plot you described sounds about like something she would have written. One of the young girls in the story, Corinne Cameron This might be the book you're looking for. I'm not sure of the exact plot, but this sounds like something she might have written. I believe this may be it. The diary is found in a secret compartment and is deciphered by an invalid girl. The diary is destroyed by a housekeeper who is in the place of a mother--thankfully after the whole diary has been deciphered.

The signet is eventually found and delivered to the proper owner by the invalid girl who has regained her health. Roberta Leigh, Sara and Hoppity , The book is Sara and Hoppity , about a "goblin toy" that is brought to Sara's parents' toy shop. Her parents and helper, Miss Julie that's probably who the requestor remembers" repairs for her. It's the mother who paints the plate with Hoppity's picture on it, so Sara will eat her spinach with egg. What happens is that Sara hates the taste so much that when Hoppity "tells" her to slide the food into the pocket of her apron and tell her parents she ate it Hoppity is a very naughty toy!

Sara is found out and punished by being sent to her room, and you never find out whether the leg on the plate is shorter than the other. In the end she sees Hoppity, at whom she has been very angry, standing in the corner, so she knows he feels remorseful and realizes how much she loves him. This story and its sequel, Sara and Hoppity Make New Friends , were my favorite childhood books, and I've never known anyone else who recalled them. Apparantly there were 6 books and it may interest your requestor to know that there was also a television series that aired in the 60s.

My mother and sister remember it fondly. There's more information about both books and tv show at this site. Though not my "Stumper" this has helped me with a childhood memory. I grew up in southern England in the '60s, and have a distinct memory of Sarah and Hoppity being a puppet show on local TV.

I actually recall being a bit upset that Sarah was always getting into trouble for things Hoppity had instigated. Anyway, now I live in Scotland, no one else remembers the show, and I had started to think I had dreamt it, so thank you for confirming that the memory may be correct. Thank you for solving this one for me! It has intruded on my thoughts for years and I couldn't figure out how to find the title. I was able to find 2 other elusive books from my childhood Magic Elizabeth and Candle in her Room simply by searching the solved stumpers.

But all I knew for sure with this one was the short leg and painted plate -- not a lot to go on. The story seems to be a lot different than what I thought I recalled. I'm sure that over the years I have mixed up a number of favorite books, making it even harder to track them down. As a child, I may even have dreamt about the stories, thereby distorting my recollection even more. Thanks to the posted solution I found a website that summarizes all of the books. I have a definite answer for one of the stumpers!! I still have the copy that my Mom gave me as a little girl.

Although it didn't help me keep my room clean! She gave it to me because she liked finding books with a Sarah as the main character. Otfried Preussler, Satanic Mill. This very special book is by the popular German author Otfried Preussler, beautifully translated by Anthea Bell. Otto Preussler, Satanic Mill , ?. Poster remembered title OK. Fairly sure I have the author's name spelt correctly - no longer have a copy to check! Story as I remember it spot on, though. Would suggest The Satanic Mill , by Otfried Preussler , translated by Anthea Bell, published Macmillan , pages "In seventeenth century Germany, a boy named Krabat desperately wants to escape from a school for Black Magic where he is held captive by demonic forces.

Krabat must learn enough magic to escape.

The miller has made a deal with the devil, and each year one of the apprentices has to be sacrificed by the miller to keep his side of the deal. Some of Krabat's friends end up dead. Krabat, however, finds salvation through his love, a singer from the nearby village. She is able to rescue him from certain death and put an end to Satan's reign, even when the miller casts an evil spell, because her love for Krabat is stronger than witchcraft. He is expected to perform several difficult tasks i. Finally he defeats the evil sorcerer when the sorcerer becomes a raven.

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I haven't read it and I couldn't find much info. Might be worth a look. I have since remembered that the book had a windmill in it S sorceror's apprentice: the impossible tasks are a very common folktale motif. Usually the boy or girl most commonly a girl is helped by animals that he or she helped earlier in the story. I'd guess that the boy was acting as a servant rather than an apprentice - that's the usual arrangement.

Otfried Preussler, The Satanic Mill. Suddenly, after all these years, the title came to me! It is The Satanic Mill. I checked it out at the library and it was the right book. I enjoyed it again! S sorceror's apprentice: if the book had a windmill in it, could it possibly be The Satanic Mill, from the Solved List?

Later - I had a look at our library's copy, and it doesn't seem to have the impossible tasks in it, just a lot of shape-changing and the trial is recognising the transformed loved one. Book has been driving me crazy, read it once when I was a freshman in high school - so that would be in the early s.

Book was about a sorcerer who had a mill at the edge of a village. He would take in orphan boys as apprentice.

At the end of each year, one of his apprentice must die before a new one could take his place. Book is about an orphan boy who becomes an apprentice. At some time in the book he tries to escape, turning himself into various animals, each time the miller who was following him, turned himself into something stronger. Otfried Preussler. Abelard-Schuman, London st ed. Set against the colorful background of 17th-Century Germany, the story of Krabat's captive apprenticeship and ultimate victory over the master is an unusual, tension-packed thriller that readers of all ages will find difficult to put down.

Author's sixth release, this title received the German State Children's prize for Quite a "dark" book and themes, for a children's story. Set in Southern Germany during the thirty years war. Murray Tinkelman, jacket illustrator. Translated by Anthea Bell. Otfried Preussler, The Satanic Mill , See Solved Mysteries Page. Unexplained deaths. What is happening at the mill in the fens?

Drawn by powers beyond his control, fourteen-year-old Krabat finds himself apprenticed to the dark mill and begins work with the Miller's eleven other journeymen. But strange things continue to happen at the mill. Time passes at an unnatural pace, and the journeymen have superhuman powers, and can turn themselves into ravens and other creatures. Trapped by an evil power which makes escape impossible, Krabat is forced to submit to the Master of the Mill as he tries to unravel the mill's secrets.

The Curse of the Darkling Mill is an eerie tale of sorcery and nightmares, which will keep you guessing right to the end. One of my favorites! I read this book the late 70's or early 80's. It's about a boy maybe an orphan? In exchange for learning magic they're under the control of the wizard. I think they're crows at night and boys during the day.

At the end, inspired by a girl he falls in love with, the boy manages to escape the wizard and I think loses his ability to use magic when he escapes. I've searched everywhere online and in libraries, and can't find it. The Satanic Mill. I did some research on The Satanic Mill and I'm positive this is the book -- thank you! Somehow, while at Central Park, she ends up traveling back in time to an ancient, tribal civilization.

She spents almost a year there trying to find a way home. She brought with her a key, a safety pin, and a knife and these items end up playing a key role in ruining the civilization. It was an incredible book that I used to read in the s. It had a lot of feminist and naturalist elements to it. I would really like to find it again! I'm almost positve that the title was a date, starting with the name of a month September? Mazer, Norma Fox, Saturday, the twelfth of October, , copyright. After spending almost a year with cave people from an earlier time, a young girl is transported back to the present greatly changed, both by her experience and by the fact that no one believes her.

This was the only book my mother ever censored when I was a kid! Now I want to find it and read it again. This is defintely it. Great book. This is definitely it. They pool their allowances so that they can each have an adventure on a Saturday. The kids solve a mystery in each book but that's not the main point. The oldest boy plays the piano.

The girl also takes off her nail polish with her treasured bottle of perfume in one book. I found lots of titles called A Tangled Web , including one by L. Montgomery Some details, such as Mona getting a permanent and Rush playing the piano, are right, and the maid's name was Cuffy, which is pretty close. Could be the Melendy books by Elizabeth Enright. F is definitely not L. Montgomery's a Tangled Web. Elizabeth Enright, Melendy family series. Took me a few minutes to put your clues together, but this is definitely it. The children are Mona, Rush, Randy, and Oliver.

They are not mystery books but Spiderweb for Two is about a year-long treasure hunt that the rest of the family puts on for Randy and Oliver. Elizabeth Enright, The Saturdays. The housekeeper is Cuffy, the eldest son, Rush, plays the piano, Mona gets her hair permed and nails painted and removes the polish with perfume.

A Tangled Web by Montgomery is about a will and all the members of the family who wish to inherit a certain vase. This sounds like the Melendy family. In The Saturdays, Mona uses her Saturday to get a perm and manicure. In Spiderweb for Two Randy and Oliver get clues to a year long treasure hunt when the older kids are away at school.

Rush plays the piano. Their housekeeper's name is Cuffy. Don't think that this is an L. Not the right type, and her list of works doesn't seem to have a series of this type. Mona is the one who gets nail polish off with perfume! Cuffy is the housekeeper. Might these be Enright's books about the Melendy family? Although the children are not detectives, per se, Spiderweb for Two does feature a mystery with the two youngest children, Randy and Oliver.

Other details: no mother, the housekeeper's name is Cuffy not Curly , there are 4 then 5! Rush the oldest boy plays the piano. In the first book, The Saturdays , Mona indulges in a scandalous beauty treatment including haircut although I don't think "Brillo Queen" featured and manicure, and she ends up removing her nail polish with strong perfume. I hope these turn out to be the right books -- they should be great treat to re-discover! I never "lost" Enright's children's books among my favorites , but I've just discovered her adult fiction short stories with very great pleasure, and would highly recommend them, especially to fans of her writing for children.

Four children live in a Victorian house - it has a cupola - I believe there was an illustration of it, might have been on the cover. I think the children live there on their own. Each weekend, one of them is "allowed" to leave the house and have an adventure. They weren't in prison! I think they might have been so poor, there was some "sensible" reason for this situation. It was charmingly told each adventure was engaging. The Melendy children pool their allowance so each one of them, on their Saturday, can plan some special all day outing.

The children are not poor but I believe the war is on and they are still rationing. Their home, with cupola, is described at great length in The Four Story Mistake. You're combining two of the Melendy family books. In The Saturdays , the family is living in New York City and the children pool their allowances so that they can take turns going to the art gallery, the opera and so on. In The Four Story Mistake , they move to a house in the country that has a cupola. This sounds like a combination of both these stories - in The Saturdays , the kids take turns having adventures, and in The Four Story Mistake , they've moved out to the country and the house has a cupola.

Elizabeth Enright?? Is it possible you're remembering parts of two of the books about the Melendy family? In the second book, they move to the country and live in a Victorian house with a four-windowed cupola on the roof. In the first book, the children live in New York, and pool their money so that each child can have an adventure on successive Saturdays eventually they start having their 'adventures' as a group.

In the second book, they move to a house with a cupola. I'm looking for a book I read as a child about a family - there's at least a couple of daughters, a father and I don't know if I remember a mom or a grandmother. Each chapter of the book is a different "episode" in the life of the family She tries to hide her hands during the next meal with the family, but gets caught and becomes more upset when she thinks the polish won't come off. That's all I remember, I apologize, but I'd really like to find this book.

I would have been reading it around or so, but I'm not sure how old the book was at the time it seemed a bit antiquated in its reflection of family values, I recall! Thanks so much! This is the first of the Melendy stories. When they can't afford a vacation outside NYC, the four kids pool their allowances and each does something exciting with all the week's money.

Mona gets her hair bobbed and accidentally a red manicure, and the hairdresser tells her a story about running away to the city. The other kids go to an opera, an art gallery, and the circus. Elizabeth Enright, The Saturdays , This is definitely the book. The girl with the nail polish is Mona, and she also has her hair cut that day.

Its the first of the Melendy Quartet. The girls name was mona and it was her turn to used the combined weekly allowence of all the kids to do exactly what she wanted - she got a perm and a manicure - and got in big trouble!! Definitely the one. See solved stumpers. In one chapter Mona, the eldest daughter, spends her Saturday money having her hair cut in a grown up style and inadvertently gets a manicure at the same time which causes almost more trouble than having her braids cut off Elizabeth Enright, The Saturdays , In this book, four siblings decide to pool their weekly allowances and take turns spending the money on a special Saturday outing.

On her Saturday, teen Mona Melendy takes a trip to a beauty salon where she gets a short and stylish haircut and a manicure with bright nail polish. Her father a widower disapproves and she later removes the nail polish with cologne or perfume. Followed by three sequels. Please see the "S" solved pages for more information.

This is the one about the siblings who pool their allowances so each child can have a Saturday outing on their own. Almost definitely The Satrudays. I believe this is the book you're looking for. This sounds like The Saturdays , the first book in the series about the Melendy family. In it, Mona, the oldest girl, gets her hair cut and her fingernails polished on one of her outings and gets in trouble for it. Enright, Elizabeth, The Saturdays. Solution for nail polish no-nos- Mona, the eldest daughter in the Melendy family, uses her Saturday to get her hair and nails done.

Elizabeth Enright, the saturdays , The other three kids are Randy, Rush, and Oliver. Sounds like it might be this classic. Mona is the girl's name. N60 is The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright. Each of the Melendy children pool their allowance and take turns having a Saturday out alone. Mona goes to the beauty shop, gets her hair cut, and a manicure. Cuffy, the housekeeper, removes the nail polish with perfume. This episode is from the first book about the Melendy Family. The four children pool their allowances so that they each have an adventure in NYC.

Elizabeth Enright, The Saturdays, s. This sounds like one of the chapters from The Saturdays , where Mona Melendy spends the siblings Mona, Rush, Randy and Oliver pooled allowance to go to the city for a makeover. Each chapter is one of the kids using the allowance money for something they really want. This sounds like The Saturdays to me I think she gets her hair cut too.

The other kids are Rush, Randy and Oliver. There's a dad, but the mom died, and Cuffy is the housekeeper -- definitely a grandmotherly type. Kids live in a big house in the city and the whole top floor is a play room. They keep clay in the bathroom sink. The first of the Melendy family books.

The top floor is The Office, which is the children's playroom, and they have clay in a sink, that needs to be moistened regularly. That's one of Oliver's jobs I think it's Oliver's. Elizabeth Enright, The Saturdays , 60s, approximate. This really sounds like The Saturdays , one of the Melendy family books.

In this book they all lived in the city, had a huge playroom, and kept clay in the sink, or maybe turtles. There are other Melendy books for after they move out to the country into a huge house, have a huge playroom, etc. Elizabeth Enright, The Saturdays , , copyright. Definitely this first in the 4-book Melendy family series which are still in print. Their upstairs playroom has clay in the sink, a piano, masks and other wonderful stuff.

Every Saturday, each child takes a turn going somewhere different in the city with their pooled allowance money. The first of the Melendy books-definitely the one. This is the first of the books about the Melendy Family. This can be none other than this well-loved classic. The details match! You will find lots of other details on the solved pages. Enright, Elizabeth, The Melendy Family. Sounds like a detail from the Melendy Family series. There were four children children, Mona, Rush, Randy, and Oliver, who lived in Manhattan with their widowed father. They did have a large playroom on the top floor of a tall, thin brownstone, one which did include the bathtub full of clay, and also a large upright piano, a trapeze, and several pictures on the ceiling formed by leaks.

The children themselves had several adventures exploring the city.

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Later books dealt with their lives after they moved to the country. Hope this helps. Could this be The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright? Printed originally in , it's a timeless story, and has been reprinted many times including an edition that came out in the 70s If it's the one, in addition to the full-floor play room, you might remember that the four siblings 2 boys, 2 girls each took turns having a "Saturday" adventure with their combined allowance Eldest girl went to the theatre, youngest boy to the circus, etc.

Part of the Melendy family books, before they move to the country. The Office is what they call their playroom. Thank you all so much for solving the mystery. The Saturdays. Henry Holt, , , New hardback with new cover illustration by Tricia Tusa. Henry Holt, , , 20th hardback printing. Ex-library edition with only stamp being on top edges, very small water damage to top corner of pages. PA Pot Named Pete. Thanks for the info. I'll have to ask my friend if these sound familiar to her. Hi again. I have spoken to my friend about this book and she has provided further information.

The pot is definitely called Peep, not Pete. It wasn't a magic pot, it was simply one that was divided into three sections where you could cook three different things unheard of at the time. The father of the family was a travelling salesman who sold the pots and the family all had Norwegian sounding names. The book had a cloth cover. That's about it! Thanks a lot. Father is an inventor and his whistling saucepan, Peep, makes the trip lucrative, exciting and funny. The story is told by eleven year old Lars. Thank you thank you!

I just looooove this website Where I remember the book being shelved in the school library could well have been the M's, and the publication date is feasible. I'd like to have a copy of this one as well. Sounds like Sawdust In His Shoes, the story of a teenage circus equestrian who is placed in an orphanage, but runs away and is taken in by a farm family.

He trains one of the plow horses, develops an new act, and eventually rejoins the circus. The boy's father, a lion tamer, gets killed, and he has to go to an orphanage, from which he runs away. The boy is a solo equestrien and finds the perfect horse for him on the farm. He ends up back in the circus as a headliner. I vaguely remember reading something similar back in the early 80s. I think the title was " Sawdust in his Shoes ", and I thought the author was Edward Fenton , but I couldn't locate it online, so probably not.

Maybe this will help jar someone else's memory though.. Well, it's not common, but I did find one: L. London, W. Chambers, n. Illustrated by A. Talbot Smith. Decorative board with picture of four children sitting on a wall. Spine a little bit cracked. James Hurst, The Scarlet Ibis. I was absolutely haunted by this story It apparently made an impression on my uncle as well so the story must be at least from the 60s , who ended up naming his company after it. This is the story. Its been a staple of high school literature books since at least the s.

The brother's name is Doodle. Lee guides us down the right wing instead, to a small room with a fake houseplant in the corner, and some granola bars on a coffee table surrounded by three chairs. She sits and beholds us. Her eyes are grave, attentive, compassionate. You should know that before going in to see her. Her face is yellow and glistening with IV fluid, her skull swollen and blue, with obscene steel staples running down the center.

We flank the bed, each holding on to a hand. The staff, gathered at the edge of the bed, watches us quietly. I can feel their tenderness toward us creeping into the room as our family shifts into focus: Greta is no longer a body they have spent fruitless hours trying to stabilize.

She is ours, and we are hers. We sing her lullabies as nurses tend to tubes. I almost snap a photo of her — I am a father, after all, and there is a certain logic to it. We had documented every new phase of her life, every outfit, every new playground or walk around the block, to preserve it, and in the haze of my grief, this feels no different. A nurse gently discourages me. My parents are boarding a plane.

In her first months of life, we had a nervous habit of checking to make sure she was still breathing. Sometimes, Stacy would pull her out of her bassinet at night to lay her on her chest, where their breathing would fall in sync. The first time we took her outside, wrapped snug against Stacy in her baby carrier, we paused at a stoplight so Stacy could lift the flap and count breaths.

A neighbor, a mother of a 3- and a 5-year-old, walked past: Stacy made a nervous joke, and the woman smiled in acknowledgment. Over the next months, we began to adjust to that reality. Their future begins to take shape in your mind, and you fret over particulars. Will she make friends easily at preschool? Does she run around enough? Life remains precarious, full of illnesses that swoop in and level the whole family like a field of salted crops.

There are beds to tumble from, chairs to run into, small chokeable toys to mind. But you no longer see death at every corner, merely challenges, an obstacle course you and your child are running, sometimes together and often at odds with each other. By the age of 2, your child is a person — she has opinions and fixed beliefs, preferences and tendencies, a group of friends and favorite foods.

The three of you have inside jokes and shared understandings, and you speak in family shorthand.

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It is no longer useful to you; it was never useful to the child; and there is so much in front of you to do. What happens to this sense when your child is swiftly killed by a runaway piece of your everyday environment, at the exact moment you had given up thinking that something could take all of this away at any moment? What lesson do your nerve endings learn? But I will, soon. Some riverlike coursing of hours slips past, in the time that is no time. Eventually, Dr. Lee calls us back into the other room to discuss next steps.

Heart, liver, kidneys — all of them untouched, in perfect condition. Lee says. Lee keeps talking for a moment, as I sit back and allow the idea to wash over me. She stands up. Stacy and I sit alone. I am the writer, the overexplainer who strains to shut up so that others can avail themselves of oxygen. I nod. I do not know from what clear water source she is drawing, but I know that she has found her way directly to our truth for both of us. We send immediately for Dr. Lee and tell her: We want to pursue organ donation.

It is the only simple decision we make. My parents arrive that evening and take their places with us. Together, we fan out like figures in a religious painting. My mother sits behind me on a windowsill. I am on the floor, my head resting on her knees in an echo of my childhood. It should have been no one. Stacy and I take turns sleeping at the foot of her bed. There are no dreams in trauma sleep: Exhaustion and shock are reliable copilots, seizing the controls when you most need them. I hear my own howls of grief in the bathroom, the gray tiling covering the floor and the walls like a hyperbaric chamber, and think they must belong to someone else.

I avoid my gaze in the mirror; I have no interest in learning what it feels like to meet my eyes. No matter where I walk, I see empty hallways — no one in the waiting rooms, no other planned surgeries, no one in sight. This first night is the beginning of my reeducation: Earth is now an alien planet, and I am a visitor treading its surface. The Lord Jesus, after all, works miracles. In the morning I shower in the bathroom, changing into a pair of track pants and a T-shirt my mother has bought me from a nearby Gap. My brother arrives, haggard from a red-eye flight from Colorado.

Liz looks at her and begins laughing, her voice reassuringly vinegary through tears. We catch everyone up as best we can. The doctors will arrive in a few hours to declare Greta brain dead. They will disconnect her briefly from the ventilator, monitoring closely for any signs of independent respiratory movement.

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They will test her brain-stem reflexes, the kind that register life at its most primitive. We emphasize, dully, that they do not expect to find anything. We are both restless souls, my mother and I, and we need some relief. I order a steam-flattened egg-and-cheese croissant and a cup of weak, bitter coffee with a red plastic stirrer. I place the croissant in the middle of the unfolded wrapper and pick the melted corners of the cheese off the edges.

I wonder aloud what I will do after she is truly gone, once her body has been opened up, once we are out of the hospital without her. There were days when I would drop off Greta at day care and feel myself glance longingly down the little hallway into the playroom; some part of me wanted to squat on the floor with her little friends all day, to abscond from the world of adults.

Maybe I can volunteer at a co-op preschool for a while. Something to help fill the hole. I sip my coffee and feel the hollow of my stomach contract as it hits bottom. My mother goes back upstairs without me, and I venture outside to the courtyard, gazing up at a stale gray sky. My heart melted as I realized that my daughter delighted in reading, even before her first birthday. In our home, we are readers. If you open my front door on any given day you would find books on our coffee table, books on our shelves, books on the floor, books on the kitchen table, books in the toy area, books in our bedrooms, and yes, even a book or two in the bathroom.

We read A LOT. But how do you raise children who love to read, without force, bribes, or tears? How do you compete with the bright screens, noisy toys and short attention spans? In this series, she gives tips and tricks to remove the pressure placed on our children to read and encourages parents to cultivate a home environment that satiates their desire to delight in a book.

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Below are a few of her tricks, along with some tips from the educators at Fun Van, which we hope will lead you on your way to raising children who devour books purely for the sake of enjoyment. Our children need to see us indulging in our favorite books just as much as we want to see them reading their books. Try just 10 minutes. Pull out a book while your children are playing quietly, have a book in the car to read while waiting in the pickup line, bring a book to appointments, or even set aside 10 minutes for everyone to read their own books together.

Tip 2: Schedule reading time into your day: Make reading books a natural option during your day. For smaller children, pull them onto your lap and read a quick 5 minute story before running an errand, or while they are eating a meal. For older children who do not nap anymore, establish a quiet hour or 30 minutes where everyone engages in books either together or separately to wind down and recharge.

Bedtime is still a great time for scheduled reading, but try to get more creative as your children get older. Tip 3: Have conversations about what your children are reading daily: At first it may seem awkward, but the more you engage your children in discussions about what they are reading, the more they will be eager to share what they are enjoying, what moves them, inspires them and even what questions they have about a book.

This should be a discussion, not a drill of questions. Think about how you discuss a movie you really enjoy. Tip 4: Display books in an appealing way: Have you noticed how libraries and book stores display the books they want to catch your attention? Cover facing out! Books can be displayed on window sills like the picture below , coffee tables, in baskets on the floor, and anywhere else where your child will be able to see and reach books whenever they want. Tip 5: Choose a small snack or treat to serve your children during their quiet reading hour: Sarah Mackenzie points out in her podcast that anyone who has attended a book club knows that half of the fun of book club is dishing over your favorite book while eating delicious food.

So, why not create the same environment for your home? Try a small treat that has a low chance of damaging a book.


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Sarah suggests 3 jelly beans, but you could also give yogurt drops, pretzels and cheese, dried fruit, popcorn for children over 4 or something else yummy your child enjoys. The positive association of a special treat while reading will increase the likelihood that your child will be excited to participate in quiet reading time.

Tip 6: Create a mock book club or other special reading event: As your children begin to enjoy reading and discussing books more, you can plan your own book club event. Choose a book suitable for the majority of readers in your family and decide on a date and time to discuss the book.

Create a warm environment maybe a fort, or a tent outside, or even tons of blankets and pillows to create a comfy book nest , have special treats you could even have themed treats to the book you read , and model discussions about the book with your children.

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If you need help with what questions to ask, some books have a book club discussion guide that you can modify for your family. If you do this, please send us pictures to feature on the blog and Facebook!! What about you? What tips have you tried with your family to cultivate a lifelong love of reading? Leave a comment below to let us know!

Thanks to Sarah Mackenzie for her great ideas and articles. Click over to readaloudrevival. We are excited to announce that the following individuals are the winners of the Refer a Friend, Win a Prize Contest. Your teachers will bring your new set of Magna Tiles to class!! Thank you for promoting our program and we hope to do another giveaway soon!

The chaos is balanced out with cuteness, the tired is balanced out with the triumph, and the gross is, well kids are just gross sometimes. We have an amazing opportunity to help create and shape the future. It is an opportunity worthy of being celebrated. And for one day we finally get that celebration. But as is true with most commercial holidays, sometimes the hype smothers that true intention of the day. From all of us at the Fun Van, we see you. Whether you are a mama, grandma, foster mama, caregiver, aunt or friend, you are valuable, you are important and you deserve to be celebrated.

We Phoenicians typically brag about our mild climate in the winter and plan all of our outdoor activities for December- April, but not this year. It is cold. So what are we do to with these tiny humans who are trapped inside the house and are ready to play outside? How do we keep our sanity when we also want to be outside enjoying the mild weather before the triple digit weather returns? Below are a few fun activities that take minimal supplies and will keep your children busy for a little while we wait for the warmth to return.

Being inside can be challenging, especially with young children, however it can also be a great opportunity for bonding, teaching cooperation, creative play and scientific observations. Feel free to leave comments about how you are spending these chilly days with your children! There is a lot of talk about social and emotional skills in the early childhood development community. When we think of these skills, typically our first thoughts are related to feelings and emotions. While that is true, there is much more to social and emotional development then just how a child feels.

As these milestones happen, it is crucial that children have access to attentive caregivers who take the time to process and teach them how to handle each of these experiences. Research shows that children who enter kindergarten with poor social and emotional skills have a significantly more challenging experience than their peers.

Helping young children learn these skills is not always easy. It requires patience, understanding, and a healthy dose of laughter along with regular communication and ongoing teaching moments. These bottles are wonderful to help teach young children how to manage their feelings. These are great for shaking to get out frustrations or helping your child to calm down while watching the items swirl and sink.

To start, pour about half of the bottle of glitter glue into the water bottle. Next, pour in the warm water. Put the lid on and shake hard. It may take a minute to get the glue to mix with the water. Then open the lid and place the hearts in the water. Glue the lid on with a hot glue gun. Shake and enjoy! If fine motor skills are skills that involve using the small muscles of the hand, then gross motor skills are skills that involve using the larger muscle groups of the body to accomplish tasks.

Gross motor skills, or large body skills, use the arms, legs and torso to execute complex movements in our everyday lives. Walking, jumping, climbing, balance, body awareness, coordination, physical strength, crawling, dancing and sitting upright are all gross motor skills.

These skills build one on top of the other in complexity. It takes time for them to master holding their head steady, rolling over, maintaining their balance while sitting upright, crawling, cruising along furniture, balancing while standing and then taking their first steps. It is not something that happens overnight, but a process of skills that are learned, practiced and fine-tuned over months and even years. Children and adults need ample time to practice each of these skills. Here is a very short list of fun ways to encourage gross motor development.

And a link to an article by the New York Times about the importance of roughhousing. I highly encourage you to give it a read.