Once Upon a Story
February 4, 2013

I know that some of you are a little bleary-eyed from staying up to watch last night’s game, especially if you’re an East-Coaster like me.  So I’ll limit the chit-chat and get straight to the books this week.

In general, we’re still on a fairytales/princess kick.  You can see a few of our recent favorites here.   Also, my mom gifted my daughter with a Fancy Nancy book, and she’s completely smitten.  So we’ve read several Fancy Nancy titles this week, too (and I have a feeling there will be many more to come).

Besides those, I’ve got three other books to share.

Stella, Queen of the Snow

 Stella, Queen of the Snow

by Marie-Louise Gay

I was recently in a discussion about books that show sibling relationships.  I had read Stella, Star of the Sea some time ago, but somehow completely missed that there were other Stella and Sam books.  When the other titles came up in the discussion, I made a mental note to check them out.  On our next visit to the library, lo and behold, this one was on display. Destiny! I actually like it better than Star of the Sea and we’ll have to check out the the titles, because Preschooler likes this brother and sister duo, too.

Sam is experiencing his first snowstorm, and, as usual, is a little hesitant about all this white stuff.  Stella encourages his play with her enthusiasm and wild imaginings, but Sam is going to take some coaxing.

” ‘Do snowmen eat green snowsuits?’ asked Sam.

‘No,’ said Stella.  ‘They only eat pink ones.’

‘Are you sure?’ asked Sam.

‘Let’s go skating on the pond,’ said Stella.”


Whopper Cake

 Whopper Cake

by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

We love Wilson’s Bear books, but haven’t read many of her other works.  We weren’t disappointed!

Grandma’s birthday has arrived and Granddad has big plans for a birthday cake.  I mean big plans.  After all, as Granddad says, “You’re heart’s so big…you deserve a Whopper Cake!”

Today is Grandma’s birthday,

and Granddad has an itchin’

to bake a whopper chocolate cake

and traumatize the kitchen.




by Ari Berk, illustrated by Loren Long

This picture book is for slightly older readers.  The text is lyrical, almost poetic, and with vocabulary that might stump the younger set.  However, once you have the right audience…the book is just gorgeous.  And Preschooler enjoyed the story, I just had to clarify some of the words that were important within the context of the text.

Churo’s mother sends him out into the night with just one piece of advice: 

” ‘ Sense is the song you sing out into the world, and the song the world sings back to you.  Sing, and the world will answer.  That is how you’ll see.’ “

See? Told you I’d keep it short and sweet!

Now, what did your week look like?



5 Responses to “It’s Monday! (February 4th Edition)”

  1. Hannahlily says:

    Oh, very excited about the Stella book. I adore Gay’s illustrations!

  2. Lorna says:

    Ahh . . . a princess phase. Been there! :) Have you read Tammi Sauer’s Princess in Training? A great, “be yourself” twist on the princess story, along the lines of Olivia and the Fairy Princesses. Coincidently, I have Nightsong in our library bag, but just haven’t gotten to it yet. And the cover art on Stella looks darling!

  3. Lee says:

    First, I really love that you included little excerpts. :). Whopper Cake is such a fun title and the bat on the cover of Nightsong is adorable. I’ll look for those in my library.

  4. vidyatiru says:

    wow, love all the books.. :) the covers are adorable and i am sure my little girl will love Stella

  5. Cute books! I’ll have to check them out, sad to say I haven’t read any of them yet!

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