SATURDAY MORNINGS FOR KIDS ON SUNDAY EVENING

THESE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE FOR OUR YOUNGEST READERS OR OUR READ-TOs

Today’s recommendation is bit tardy because the big winter power outage in Texas took all our power and the internet with it for over three days. We live thirty miles south of Houston, and our home is all-electric (of course). Thankfully, we had received a quilt apiece for Christmas, and with other quilts, blankets and down comforters, we slept in thirty eight or nine degrees INSIDE the house. I had bought a long all-weather coat with a fake fur-lined hood for a trip to NYC last March, which never came to be, thanks to Covid. During the day, I wore my warmest pjs under jeans and a sweater under a bathrobe under said coat. We survived. We were blessed that we never lost water, nor had any pipes freeze and burst. Not all of our neighbors were so lucky.

Today’s recommendation is the Peppa the Pig series

My great-grand niece had a Peppa party for her second birthday.

Here are couple of books in the series:

But, the book that turned up as a donation to my LFL (Little Free Library) was this one:

I enjoyed reading this one.

Although Peppa and brother George do everything they can to make Papa Pig understand they are not sleepy, Papa has them go through their nightly rituals of bath time and teeth brushing before he reads them a bedtime story. They ask for the story of the red monkey, with which Papa obliges, and sure enough, by the end of the story, Peppa and George are fast asleep.

The pictures are charmingly drawn, with Papa’s “hairs on his chinny-chin-chin carefully present, and Mama Pig’s eyelashes the envy of the Mascara line of cosmetics. This is the perfect tuck-you-in-and-read-you-a-story, story, perfect for assuring pleasant dreams to any two or three year old.

I highly recommend the series.

SATURDAY MORNINGS FOR KIDS

With the thought that kids from the early days of TV and on into the 60s often watched cartoons on TV on Saturday mornings while parents tried to go back to sleep, this post gives recommendations for books kids might be equally occupied with.

Is Your Mama a Llama,  written by Deborah Guarino and illustrated by Steven Kellog, is today’s selection/recommendation.

A baby llama asks his animal friends, each in his turn, “Is your mama a llama”? Each animal, a bat, a gosling, a calf, a seal, a kangaroo give a fact about their mamas, leading the baby llama to conclude none of the animals’ mamas are llamas. At the end, he finds whose mama is a llama–his own! The ending picture of the baby llama snuggled up against his mama llama gives the very young reader a sense of closure and security.  The repetition of the question, “Is your mama a llama”? is appealing to the very young as is the rhythm of the words. There is a loose rhyme scheme as well, making this a very good go-to-sleep-now story.