Tuesday, April 14, 2015

It Could Be Worse

Could Be Worse  by James Stevenson published in 1977 

This is one of the top ten picture books at my house.  It's just a silly little story, very short, but captured my children's attention and stirred conversation.  A couple of grand-kids complain that things are always the same at grandpa's house. Then one day, grandpa did something different!  The title of the book has been a reference point for years.  Somehow, the images of grandpa along with the saying, "Could be worse!" has become part of my family's vocabulary.
 When things don't go as planned or go our way, it's always healthy to focus on what is right in our life, instead of what is wrong.   I think it's important to count our blessings each day.  So when things go wrong, and they will, stop and be thankful for something good, remember, "It could be worse."

Thursday, April 9, 2015

OTTO The Book Bear

I love Otto.  Imagine your favorite character of a storybook coming to life. Otto The Book Bear is an adorable little creature whose curiosity makes for a cute tale.  I think if you are a children's book lover or reader to young children, Otto will be a hit.  Even if you only browse the pages of Otto The Book Bear, you'll wish you could either jump into the pages with Otto, or pick him up and keep him with you.  This picture book  sits on my shelf, but gets picked up over and over again, because, I love Otto!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

CAUTION Butterfly Zone

Where do butterflies come from? Where do they live? What's the difference between a butterfly and a moth? Butterfly Town U.S.A  a.k.a Pacific Grove, California answered these burning questions and more for my family and I.  Not only does Pacific Grove have a Butterfly Museum,, but a Butterfly Sanctuary.  Yes, I know, only in California.  But that's okay, because it was pretty fun to walk through the Butterfly Zone located near the entrance to the Butterfly Grove Inn.  Needless to say, it was very quiet and peaceful there.  However, it was a little hard to see our fluttery friends without binoculars.  Really, butterflies are one of my favorite insects.  They're hard not to like. 
Long live the Butterfly!