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Air Disaster Volume 1 by by Macarthur Job and Matthew Tesch
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A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
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The Blue Day Book by Bradley Trevor Greive
Dame Edna Everage by John Lahr
A Day in the Jungle by Pat Patterson
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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Hop on PopHop on Pop: 11/26/06

Hop on Pop was one of my brother's favorites as a child and I remember how we would laugh when Mom would get tongue tied reading the book out loud. Now that Sean is old enough, it is one of his favorites. In fact, today at Denny's, he read the book to all of us while we were waiting to give our order.

Hop on Pop is a book heavy on short and rhyming words. Each page starts with a list of rhyming words like: day, play and then a simple sentence (or two) using those rhyming words. The book is simple enough and predictable enough to give beginning readers the confidence to try reading. But it's tricky enough to give over confident parents places to trip up and make mistakes to the amusement of the younger readers.

Dr. Seuss Reviews

The Drive Home:

Today we made the long drive home from South Pasadena. The weather, traffic and Harriet's needs as a young baby stretched our drive home to eight and a half hours from the usual five or six hours. The first half of the trip went quickly and we were soon back to Lost Hills where we stopped for lunch and to refuel my car.

In the time we were having lunch at Denny's, the sky clouded over and the traffic thickened. The next couple of hours we had bumper to bumper sluggish traffic. It wasn't morning commute slow but it was still far below the 70 mph speed limit.

Near Santa Nella we hit rain and Harriet woke up from a nap needing a snack and a diaper change. We waited for a parking spot and then changed Harriet and nursed her while huddling in the car. Ian ventured out for apple juice for Sean and coffee for us. After that we didn't stop until we got home.

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