Monthly Archives: August 2016

A Perfect Picture Book Pair Based on a Cumulative Tale

A Perfect Picture Book Pair Based on a Cumulative Tale

What a fun perfect picture book pair based on the cumulative story, “I Know An Old Lady That Swallowed a Fly”. And perfect for reading aloud!

Both books are modern adaptations of the old tale filled with lyrical language and wordplay. 

Capture dragon

One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom (Author), Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator) Published by Katherine Tegen Books (May 2016) Age Range: 4-8 years.

A hungry snake fills his belly, but his captives are planning their escape.

There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight by Penny Parker Klostermann (Author), Ben Mantle (Illustrator) Published by Random House Books for Young Readers (August 4, 2015) Age Range: 4-8 years.

There was an old dragon who swallowed things in a kingdom, including a knight! That’s not polite!

2016 Rio Olympics

2016 Rio Olympics

It’s been such a thrill to watch athletes from around the world compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. To mark this special occasion I found two books about young women who made history at previous Olympic events, one is an American gymnast, the other from Romania. Whatever country you root for, these games inspire!

Both books are about two young highly talented Gold Medal winning Olympic gymnasts.

Gabby Douglas  (Amazing Athletes) by  Jon M. Fishman Published by Learner Publications (2012) Age Range: 6-9 years.

Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sot Still by Karlin Gray (Author), Christine Davenier (Illustrator), Published by  HMH Books for Young Readers (2016) Age Range: 6-9 years.



And in case inquiring minds wanted to know, the King Cake Baby and I are big fans of Team USA!