The Taxing Case of the Cows
A True Story About Suffrage
by Iris Van Rynbach and Pegi Deitz Shea
This is a non-fiction picture book with a true story that will knock your socks off. It is story about two sisters who lived in Glastonbury, CT in 1869. They were unfairly taxed by the state. When they refused to pay because they did not have a say in the vote, the town took away their cows! Although this story has a happy ending, I am struck at the reality of the true suffering of women and the frustration and anger they must have felt during that time period. I say thank you to all the women who paved the way in order for future women to have the opportunity to live independent lives.
This book is a must read!
I wanted to send out a thank you to Michelle Hovestadt who presented her wicked cool deals at our Valentine's tea on Feb 10th. Although I was reading and crafting with the children, I did try to keep an ear out for any new money saving tips. The information was fantastic and the children were great. We will try to have another event for mothers soon.
Another thank you goes out to all the people who donated mittens to our mitten tree. I am taking them to the Daily Bread's clothing closet tomorrow March 2 (which is Dr. Suess's birthday by the way). The preschoolers had a wonderful idea to start a mitten tree after reading the story The Mitten Tree by Candace Chrisiansen. Their selfless idea of helping other children helped to generate a whole bag of mittens which will keep other children warm this season and next.
One more thing I'm thankful for - Spring is right around the corner! Don't forget to spring your clocks ahead on Sun. Feb. 13.
Happy Birthday Dr. Suess!
The House of a Million Pets
I thought I was an animal lover before I met Ann and her pets, past and present, through her wonderful book. As a child, Ann wanted more and more pets and now that she's a grown up she can have them. I would love to spend one day in Anne's basement where she keeps dozens of animals. Here is the best part about Ann, she lives right here in our state in Washington, CT. It makes me happy to know there is someone like Ann living close to me, an animal lover doing good for creatures great and small. There were some animal stories that made me laugh out and others I could relate to the sadness of a lost pet. Happy holidays and be sure to remember all your fuzzy, finny, feathery and scaly friends during this season of giving. Read this book, you will love it!
The Desperate Dog Writes Again
Emma is a happy dog who lives with a cat and her owner George. Emma's life gets very tense when George has a visitor named Loretta. Who is this person holding hands and hugging George. Is she trying to kidnap him or carry George away? What's worse is Loretta has a dog named Hankie who comes to visit with Loretta. Emma heads to the library to use the computer to ask advice from a doggy advice columnist. While Emma is trying to sort through advice given by the cat and the advice columnist, she realizes someone else is having the same anxieties. Read this fun book to find out who. This picture book is written in a graphic style but is a delightful read. As humans we always forget how much we mean to our pets and this story is a wonderful reminder.
David Ezra Stein
Little red chicken is excited about his bed time story. So excited in fact that he is always interrupting the story his papa is reading so that the main characters in the book are not in danger of being afraid or disappointed. Papa is always very gentle in his reminders to not interrupt and always graciously chooses another story to attempt at reading.
The illustrations in this picture book are very vibrant. There are wonderfully contrasting illustrations for the stories papa is reading with fun quotation bubbles from chicken. As a mother story time before bed is also my favorite time of the day. This is a great picture book to read to your own little interrupters.
The Year Money Grew on Trees
You can easily change the setting of this story from