Thursday, August 12, 2010
See You Soon!
As you read this, we’re away enjoying our summer vacation (don’t call me a procrastinator…) with the boys and their Gramma and Papa. If I don’t respond to your comments right away or get around to visit everyone’s links until I return, you have my deepest apologies. We’re not sure yet what our internet status will be while on vacay, and truth-be-told, I will choose quality time with my family over blogging and catch-up later if necessary. In honor of our trip, I thought I’d share one of my favorite vacation-themed books. I also thought I’d share some of my other travel related posts, including travel plans, souvenir books, travel preparation, travel manners, and travel entertainment.
A New Meaning for House-sitting
The humor in House Takes a Vacation, by Jacqueline Davies, is just as, if not more, enjoyable for adults as it is for children. If you’re reading it with little ones, you may want to pause to explain some of the wordplay, or you may choose to let the humor go over their heads. If your child has shown curiosity about figures of speech or confusion due to literal interpretations, this book would be a fun way to go about explaining some of the silliness of language. Upon being left alone by a vacationing family, the house decides it will go on a holiday of its own. The different parts of the house want to go different places that appeal to their personalities (the sun porch longs for the beach, but the basement is a stick-in-the-mud). Davies' word play, puns, and figurative language come fast and furious as the front door leads the way to the seashore. Antics ensue, but the end result is much like any family’s return from vacation: happy memories coupled with warm fuzzy feelings when returning home. The house makes it home just before its occupants, who are puzzled by the hints of adventure (seaweed on the roof) still decorating the house. The story ends with the house planning its next adventure, which is a great invitation to a story or artwork for your little one!
Appropriate for: toddlers, preschoolers, primary grades
Hope you’ll share some of your recommended reading this week! We’ll be ready to load up at the library when we return from our trip!