Welcome to the New Home of Feed Me Books Friday!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Feed Me Books Friday was one of the inspirations for my start as a blogger and for Little Sprout Books, so I am honored and grateful to give it a new and loving home. Originally the brainchild of Janna at The Adventure of Motherhood, Feed Me Books Friday has become a beloved and informative weekly meme. Though it will always be Janna’s baby, it has grown up and left the nest. She will nurture new and valuable projects over at Mommy’s Piggy Tales. I hope you’ll continue to make Feed Me Books Friday an event that inspires and evokes a love of reading and brings book-loving bloggers together!

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If you have Janna’s button on your blog, (or even if you don’t) I hope you’ll grab the new one from my site that will bring others here to share their books and get great recommendations.

Comfort for Big Changes
B with Care Bear in the airport.

Making changes for Feed Me Books Friday and trying to make long-time contributors feel welcome reminded me of the anxious feelings that arise during any transition. Many children have a lovey, a comfort object, a blankie, or a baby that brings them comfort in times of anxiety or change. My blankie from childhood is up in my attic, and it still imbues a sense of calm when I come across it. B has been attached to both a care bear and a baby, and had a brief affair with Mickey Mouse and Cat in the Hat. The comfort that a lovey provides is inexplicable to anyone else. A grubby toy or tattered blanket is priceless to its owner while seemingly undesirable to others. A lovey is a healthy tool as children mature in their social-emotional development, and many adults continue to find comfort in a special object, be it a favorite chair, a worn in t-shirt, or a treasured book.
B's baby even makes it into photo-ops!

To Each His Own

Where's My Teddy? Big BookBoth the value and individual importance of a lovey are conveyed by Where’s My Teddy by Jez Alborough. In this bouncy rhyming tale, Eddie has lost his teddy in the woods. He finds it a little creepy and is anxious to find his beloved Freddie and get home. He finds a teddy that resembles Freddie in every respect escept that he is enormous! As Eddie is trying to figure out what happened to Freddie and how he’ll get him home, a real (very large) bear approaches, clutching a tiny teddy (the real Freddie). Eddie and the bear are equally startled by one another and equally overjoyed to find their own teddies. They retrieve their beloved teddies and retreat to their beds, safe and comfortable at last. The rhymes and anticipation of the story will make this book a page-turner, but go back and spend some time studying the illustrations – there are many details to be discovered in the forest scenes.

Appropriate for: toddlers, preschoolers, primary grades

I hope you’ll link up with a recommended book post this week, or leave me a comment to tell me about a book you love, or maybe share your own lovey story.


maggy, red ted art August 5, 2010 at 11:30 PM  

Hi Anne!

Thank you for takig over from Janna and continuing this fab linky!

My name is Maggy and I have a "book meets craft" blog - in other words a bit of both. called http://redtedart.wordpress.com. My focus in <5yrs, but I also have craft ideas for older children and adults!

Look forward to seeing more of your blog too!

Maggy, Red Ted Art

Ginny Marie August 6, 2010 at 5:07 AM  

You are going to do wonderful things with FMBF! Hopefully, I'll be able to link up something next week!

Raising a Happy Child August 6, 2010 at 7:24 AM  

Great post and introduction. I'll be linking my WMCIR to your linky on Saturdays. Anna is still very attached to two security objects - blankie and a stuffed kitty. She can't (or claims that she can't) fall asleep without them. We joke that her future boyfriends better bring their own stuffies with them too :) By the way, we read that book, but Anna found it too intense :)

oh amanda {impress your kids} August 6, 2010 at 11:27 AM  

So glad you are hosting FMBF! I love finding new books. Where's my Teddy sounds adorable...thank goodness the only thing my daughter was attached to was her thumb! :)

Brimful Curiosities August 9, 2010 at 5:45 AM  

Good to know that the fantastic meme has a new home! Look forward to reading the posts.

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