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Cozy Up With a Fantastic Story of the Seasons

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This is a #sponsored post whereby we were offered a sample copy of Cozy Light, Cozy Night book as a review. This post may contain affiliate links. The opinions expressed within are strictly my own.

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There’s something very cozy about Cozy Light, Cozy Night by Elisa Kleven in that the illustrations have so much texture. Scene by scene, you are really drawn into the season. The rhyming text flows so nicely from page to page, allowing you to pause as needed to take in the scenes. We read this aloud… it’s one of THOSE kind of books.

It’s a grandmother’s lap, kinda book… where you want to snuggle up and listen aloud as the seasons change in rhyme.

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Summer, Winter, Spring or Fall… the colors of the pictures are all the same but the technique really make each season its own. It is very interesting actually because my books about seasons uses more whites in the winter and jeweled tones for autumn… but here every page just flows into the next and the season blend as they do in the real world. The textured techniques really caught my eye as well, for instance the lacy pattern on the winter snow was so delicate but not to be missed. And of course, I loved seeing the Singer Sewing machine in the Summer scene being an antique collector of sewing machines.

Cozy Light, Cozy Night winter

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Matilda the Musical – Academy of Music

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Thank you Kimmel Center for supporting Homeroom At Home and our mission. This is a sponsored article whereby we were provided tickets to the show and attended a promotional party.

Matilda flyerNothing like a little rebellion to get some kids’ attention. And so be it… along with the perfect children’s Broadway performance: Matilda The Musical. If it takes a little sass to get children interested in the theater arts… well, I’m all for it. This fun musical comes with some super catchy (parents be warned) sassy songs.

20151118_113502Matilda The Musical is based off of Roald Dahl’s children’s book, Matilda. As summarized by The Guardian the story is “about a smart, easily infuriated little girl who is misunderstood by her parents and loathed by the school’s headmistress. On the other hand her kind and generous teacher, Miss Honey, thinks she is a brilliant academic genius. Matilda has a number of excellent schemes in her head to teach her nasty parents and headmistress a lesson.” Roald Dahl is known for his quirky, imaginative humor that keeps children engaged. I was excited to find this story on our book shelf for a later read (recommended for ages 7-11). By the way, love the review on Kids’ Book Reviews for this title… so be sure to check it out too. And speaking of checking things out, click below for a quick recap of Matilda the Musical.

My daughter and I are looking forward to the Broadway performance of Matilda The Musical, singing all the way there. The performance is held at the Academy of Music from Nov 17th through the 29th. Tickets are discounted 35% using QUIET as the promo code.

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Book Review: Baba Didi and the Godwits Fly

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Hardcover of Baba Didi and the Godwits Fly

We love doing book reviews especially when we come across a true gem with creative illustrations, a good story line and meaning beyond great characters.  Nicola Muir’s Baba Didi and the Godwits Fly is just that kinda of “gotta-share” book we like to bring to our readers.  We were provided a free copy of this book to review but the post is not compensated and the opinions that I’m about to share are in fact all mine.  Actually, just before typing this up, my daughter asked me to read her this story again before taking her nap… and I’m glad I obliged because once again it lifted my spirits and helps me to stay on track despite the continual distractions that surround me.

So here’s the deal, Baba Didi tells the story of the Godwit birds to her grand-daughter explaining that they represent something far more than a small brown bird on a long journey.  This story, as told as a light-hearted conversation between grandmother and grand-daughter, delivers a message of resilience, perseverance and overcoming adversity in away that children can understand.  In her explanation to Isabella, Baba Didi relates her own story of migration to this 18,000+ mile journey of the Godwits.

Illustrator, Annie Hayward, beautifully captured the little birds and their bigger message.  Love the colors through out and facial expressions on what appears to be canvas artwork.  Lovely!  My favorite illustration is that of a city with boats docked and airplanes in the sky, about 1/2 way through the book, where Ms. Hayward offers a peaceful greeting between sea and shore. My daughter took an extra long pause on the page illustrated by a Croatian immigrant family departing on a colorful boat and be waved off by another family on the shore.

Storytime with Baba Didi and Daddy

Additionally, we love a story that can showcase some geography without the boring lessons of “this is here and that is there”.  In this story children learn that the Godwit birds fly to and from places in Russia, Argentina, China and New Zealand. And while Baba Didi and the Godwits Fly doesn’t take you around the world with them, it does offer the opportunity for further discussion and exploration of these countries and cultures.

Suggestions to couple with the reading of Baba Didi and the Godwits Fly:

  • Create small paper Godwits and place on a globe or map highlighting places they migrate (Japan, Korea, US, New Zealand, Australia, China, Russia, Argentina).  Talk about which of these places you’ve been or learned about. What is something you’ve found special in your travels?
  • Draw one of these places from a “birds-eye” view.
  • Discuss why it is important to travel or learn about new places and cultures.
  • Have a few examples from your childhood or recent family experiences when you’ve (singular or plural as a family) had to overcome challenges.  When has your family had to overcome fear (a big move, a new job, a huge storm)? How did you plan for it, either before or after?  What lessons were learned?  Give examples for other challenges – since life is filled with big ones and lots of smaller ones too.  Examples might be a party canceled, major traffic delays, a missed flight or flat tire.  How did you cope with these setbacks?  What would be done differently?
  • Invite your children to a discussion by asking them when have they wanted to quit?  This will open doors to many follow up conversations and be sure to let them know that grownups too sometimes want to give up.  Here are my top 10 examples but see what your kids come up with and then as a family how you can support one another to make it the whole journey.
  1. losing a boardgame or sports game
  2. getting lost driving and wanting to turn around for home
  3. homework (includes book reports and finishing assigned book)
  4. fundraising (or saving for a big item when little splurges are tempting)
  5. exercise
  6. an art project not turning out like your vision
  7. running a race
  8. burnt cookies (or pot roast or cake or casserole or coffee or…)
  9. remodeling
  10. eating healthy

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