I am going to do a series of posts about children’s books that I like, love and absolutely adore (Hey, maybe this will even extend into books in GENERAL that I like, love, and adore. But I don’t know if there enough hours in my lifetime to record those books).
Anyways, I came across this gem tonight: Seven Hungry Babies by Candace Fleming. I picked it up from the library on Wednesday (our regular library day).
Here is how I pick books at the library. Let’s just say that my MA in English is not being applied with this method.
1. I snatch up the ones displayed on the top of the shelves. Much easier than searching through the stacks, especially since I have to keep one eye (or two?) on my crazy twin boys.
2. I glance at the pictures on the front: Cute subject matter? it’s a go!
3. I flip through the pages quickly. Too many words on a page? It’s a NO GO! Yes, yes, I know. I am missing out on wonders like One Morning in Maine. But my boys have SHORT attention spans. I had to toss aside a book tonight because Micah was flailing on the bed, kicking me in the spleen instead of listening to the story.
Not this book though. This one was a winner. Cute subject matter and pictures? Check! A minimum amount of words on the page? Check!
Here is the jist of the story:
A nestful of baby birds hatches! Mommy bird must find food for them one by one. Poor mommy is SOO tired. Baby birds are SOO demanding! (Can I get an “Amen?” moms?) She FINALLY gets the last. baby. fed. and all the babies are asleep. She thinks, now I can finally take a bre– and the babies are UP wanting to be fed once again (Heck, this Ms. Fleming has got it right!) I won’t give away the clever ending but I will say that it had me laughing out loud.
In my humble opinion, a good children’s book is one that is equally enjoyed by both kids and parents alike. I hope to share more of these gems in the weeks to come!
Go check out Seven Hungry Babies from your library!!
PS. I liked this book so much that I looked up Candace Fleming online and shot her an email via her website, telling her how much I enjoyed it.