April 2015
Monday, April 06, 2015
Favorite lines from the books I enjoyed reading this week (part 4)
My goal of reading a new picture book a day and a YA/MG novel a week during National Reading Month was accomplished! Here are some of the lines I enjoyed from the books I read during the final week and a half.

Picture Books
And slowly, the tiny seed of an amazing idea began to form in her mind. She began to smile. And then she began to work.
(The Apple-Pip Princess, by Jane Ray)

His mind filled with thoughts of all the amazing things that were keeping his friend from imagining him.
(The Adventures of Beetle The Unimaginary Friend, by Jane Ray)

I painted trees and strange candy blossoms and green shoots and frosted cakes. I painted leaves that said hush in the wind and fruit that squeaked…
(Virginia Wolf, by Kyo Maclear, illus. by Isabelle Arsenault)

It was a magical world full of joy and wonder, and Jane felt very much a part of it.
(Me…Jane, by Patrick McDonnell)

how to wonder
(How To, by Julie Morstad)

A few from the MG novel, Feathers, by Jacqueline Woodson
I thought of myself as more of a listener than a talker. Except with stuff like math and science and geography. Then I’m a starer-out-the-window kind of person.

The sign for believe flashed into my head…to have a thought in your head and then to marry it, to take it into your heart forever…

I saw that, even though he was mean all the time, the sun still stopped and colored him and warmed him—like it did to everybody else.

A couple from the YA novel, Cress, by Marissa Meyer
It was a prison that came with an endlessly breathtaking view—vast blue oceans and swirling clouds and sunrises the set half the world on fire.

The same stars she’d known all her life, and yet now they were spread out like a blanket over her. Now there was an entire sky and an entire world ready to engulf her.

What are some of your favorite quotes from children’s books? What did you reading in March? Feel free to leave a comment.
Posted by Michelle
Monday, April 20, 2015
What if there was a puppy tooth fairy?
Our puppy, Jax, has been losing his teeth. This weekend one fell out right in front of us. My girls found the tooth very cool. The conversation immediately jumped to the tooth fairy and if the tooth fairy would collect Jax’s tooth.

All three of my girls were certain that 1) there was a tooth fairy for dogs and 2) the fairy would leave doggie bones and treats for Jax.

The conversation left me pondering the question: Is there a tooth fairy for dogs?

My musing...
in free verse (in honor of National Poetry Month)

Curled upon a pillow bed,
a tooth hidden beneath his sleepy head.

Come the morning sun,
what shall he find?
A jerky treat?
A bone?
A toy to gnaw—

Wait…what is that I hear?

A flitter…
a flutter…
a light breeze, teasing my ear…

or, perhaps, it’s the flapping of wings
singing me back to sleep?

Sniff, sniff.
Does he hear the whispering too?

A quiet lick.
A whimper.
A midnight chew.

A howl…
to the moon…
to a pup in his dream…

or, perhaps, of thanks as the buzzing fades
to silence.

Curled upon a pillow bed,
nothing hidden beneath his sleepy head.

In the quiet of the night,
I didn’t see.

I guess I’ll wait until
a hidden tooth calls and a whispering
fairy sings me a lullaby.

Feel free to leave a comment.
Posted by Michelle