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The Blue Day Book by Bradley Trevor Greive
Dame Edna Everage by John Lahr
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The Dead Zone by Stephen King
Divided by a Common Language by Christopher Davies
Follow the Zookeeper by Patricia Relf
The Golden Fury by Marian Castle
Hide-and-Seek Duck by Cyndy Szekeres
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
How Things Grow by Nancy Buss
I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven
I Spy Mystery by Jean Marzollo
Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime by Barbara Park
The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham
Marine Aquariums by Warren E. Burgess
Melanie Mouse's Moving Day by Cyndy Szekeres
Morris and Boris at the Circus by B. Wiseman
My Very First Book of Shapes by Eric Carle
One Fine Day by James Marshall
A Parrot in the Pepper Tree by Chris Stewart
So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane
Storage by Jennifer Lisle
Tiger with Wings by Barbara Esbensen
Trains by Byron Barton
Uncle Elephant by Arnold Lobel

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Hide-and-Seek DuckHide-and-Seek Duck: 11/01/06

I think my mother gave me Hide-and-Seek Duck and Melanie Mouse's Moving Day. Anyway, it's a typical children's book with cute baby animals wearing clothing playing together blissfully like we parents wish our children would. In this case, the game is hide-and-seek and the seeker is a little duckling, creatively named "Duck."

Duck is looking for his bunny friend. On his search he runs into a variety of other animal friends. Each page then is filled with a delightful full color illustration of Duck and his encounter with one of his friends. These sorts of stories are the type Sean enjoys. They're repetitive. They have animals he knows. They have the animals doing something he can relate to like playing a favorite school yard game.

For me, I like the illustrations. In this case, the author is also the illustrator. Cyndy Szekeres has a style of drawing reminiscent of Beatrice Potter. Her animals and scenes are both naturalistic and anthropomorphic. She uses a soft and warm pallet that is engaging and inviting.

Halloween Party

Yesterday at three Sean's preschool held a costume party. Harriet and I attended because work had finished early for me. It was the first party of his that I've been able to attend one his school Halloween parties. I'm so glad I went this year!

Like last year, Sean dressed as Spiderman. He's decided next year he'll dress as Batman. By then he will have out grown his current costume (though we were lucky to get two year's use out of it). I've told him he'll have to make up his mind for sure by October first of next year. That's when we'll either start making his costume or shopping for one.

Each family brought something to the party and the variety of food was wonderful. There were some egg rolls, various types of fruit salad, cookies, mixed nuts, wrapped sandwiches and other delights. Sean was mostly interested in the M&Ms from the trail mix although I did get him to try some fruit (especially grapes) and some cheese and chips.

Harriet meanwhile slept through the entire event. She fell asleep just before the children paraded for us in their costumes. She stayed asleep in her sling while I helped the other adults set up the snack table and later while I ate one handed. There are quite a number of children Harriet's age or on the way. Sithy will soon have siblings to teach when the current "crop" is old enough.

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