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Encyclopedia Brown Finds the Clues by Donald Sobol
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Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel
My Little Opposites Book by Bob Staake
Number 9 by Wallace Wadsworth
On the Night of the Seventh Moon by Victoria Holt
Picture Me Colors by Deborah D'Andrea and Kaycee Hoffman
Picture Me Numbers by Deborah D'Andrea and Kaycee Hoffman
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems
Pokémon 2000 by Tracey West
Russell and the Lost Treasure by Rob Scotton
Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton
Slide 'N' Seek Shapes by Chuck Murphy
The Spider King by Lawrence Schoonover
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The Straw Men by Michael Marshall
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Picture Me NumbersPicture Me Numbers: 12/16/06

At the last BookCrossing meeting I picked up two cute (and unregistered) books in the "Picture Me" series.

Picture Me Numbers shows babies in different animal costumes. Where the baby's face should be, there is a cut-out. At the back of the book there is a spot to slide in a photograph of one's child. Sean has asked that I use his face for the numbers book (although right now the image shows what it looks like with Harriet's face). He says Harriet can have the other book (colors).

The book covers numbers one through ten. Each facing page covers two numbers (1 and 2, 3 and 4, 5 and 6, and so on). The odd numbers are illustrated with the babies in costume and the odd numbers with inanimate objects. There is an underlying unfairness to this book as one baby in each section ends up with an extra item than everyone else. Fortunately for the babies involved, the items were added in as drawings and probably none of the babies worked together in the same photo shoot but it still comes off as appearing unfair in print. The costumes pictured are bumble bees, kittens, dalmatian puppies, flowers, and bears.

Gratitude #16: Up / Down:

Harriet and I have invented a game called "Up / Down" and it is Harriet's current favorite thing to play. Unless she's too tired or hungry to play, she will soon be smiling and giggling. The game is very simple. I hold her under her arms and lift her up slightly. She then straightens her legs so that she stands up (and she does try to support her weight on her legs). Then I say: "Up! Harriet is up!" Sometimes she'll make a sound that is close to "up" or she'll just smile or laugh. Then she'll relax her legs and I'll lower her down and say: "Down. Harriet is sitting down." We repeat until she is finished playing. I think the longest we've played at one time is ten minutes.

I am amazed at how young children can start to influence the world around them. Harriet is only three months old and she has already taught me a new game. I'm looking forward to all the other things she'll teach me and the various "Harrietisms" that I'm sure she'll be inventing (if she's anything like her brother).


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