Friday, October 26, 2007

Something Sweet for the End of October . . .

All the littlest people in our family are excited – Halloween is coming. By next Wednesday, our family will include a couple of hula dancers, at least two vampires, a princess, a puppy dog, a hippie, and a fairy, all of whom hope to score at least one bag of candy while trick-or-treating.
While we wait for the big day, a good book helps us all calm down. Here are some fun reads to share with your own little ghosts and goblins.
Too Many Pumpkins, by Linda White, illustrated by Megan Lloyd, is the story of Rebecca Estelle, who hates pumpkins. When a smashed pumpkin on her lawn bears fruit, Rebecca Estelle can hardly bear what happens – but she figures out a way to cope that everyone can appreciate. You will, too!
Grandma's Trick-or-Treat, written and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully, is an “I Can Read” book for level 2 readers, but anyone who will fit on your lap will enjoy this story of Grandma Nan (very strict) and Grandma Sal (not so strict) who come to visit with different ideas about how to enjoy Halloween. How they resolve those differences is a treat for everyone who reads this story.
If there are older children in your family, read an old favorite togther, something like Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, or something by Edgar Allen Poe. They are guaranteed to cause a few shivers!

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