'We like to Read' #1

Having just experienced my youngest turning six years old I am reminded of all the things that happen as your children start growing up and getting older.  One aspect is slowly getting rid of things that they outgrow and deciding which things to keep for sentimental reasons.  My children seem to just grow up so fast before my eyes and with them their clothes, their toys, and their books.  As I was organizing their bookshelf today I came across one of their favourites.  It is co-written by one of my favourite actors growing up as an 80's child.  

The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z! by Steve Martin and Roz Chast.  The children's book is a humorous look at the alphabet presenting rhyming couplet of each letter with silly characters children are bound to enjoy.  

"O. Old Ollie the owl owed Owen an oboe. But instead bought him oysters at Osgood's in Soho."

I really love the illustrations that depict different stories for through out the Alphabet, some a little more silly than others and some are just utter nonsense at its best.  Now that my boys have moved on to chapter books, they will still return to this one at bed time every so often.  Just now we get to each read a page and try to out do each other in the best voice inflections we can muster up before bedtime. 

While I ponder over what books we should keep on our shelves and which ones to pass on to the charity shop, I hope you will take a look at this book and see if your family enjoys it as much as we have.  The only thing better would be to own a voice recording of Steve Martin reading it aloud. 




 Today I am linking up with my friend Fritha over at Tigerlilly Quinn.  You might remember we met up at Bristol Fashion week together.  She has started  a collaboration with other blogger mums to share the books we either read to our kids or that were our favourites growing up.  The idea is to share the memories we hold from our childhood story books and the memories we create now as parents with our children.  You can also check out her Pinterest board where you can pin your posts as well.  Head over to Tigerlilly Quinn and add your name to the comment so she can invite you to the board.


The idea is to publish your book posts on the first and third Monday of every month and you can link up at any time during those two weeks. 




9 comments:

  1. I have so many personal favourites from my childhood (like the 'Mog the Cat' series by Judith Kerr) and favourites as a primary school teacher (anything by Janet & Allan Ahlberg, Michael Rosen, Michael Morpurgo or Linley Dodd to name a few). Also, to plug a Cornish tale, 'The Mousehole Cat' by Antonia Barber which is a beautiful (true) tale with the most gorgeous illustrations.

    ♡ Molly

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    1. Loved Mog the Cat! It is one of my favourites too! I will have to hunt down a copy of that one for sure. x

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  2. I have never heard of this book before! It looks fantastic, I'll have to add to the list to buy for Wilf.
    Thanks so much for taking part :) x
    http://www.tigerlillyquinn.com

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    1. Oh yes its very fun. I look forward to seeing all the books shared in this link up. x

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  3. Definitely writing this one down for our little growing bebe! :)
    xo Lynzy
    www.sparklingfootsteps.com

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  4. Hi I'm Heather! Please email me when you get a chance, I have a question about your blog! LifesABanquet1(at)gmail.com

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  5. I just joined the linky too :) Not heard of this book before, sounds interesting.
    I can't stand the idea of my kids growing up and having to clear their outgrown things out - nooooo! Must be emotional to do!

    anna (in the playroom)

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    1. It can be. We have had to move so often that I cannot just keep 'everything' and things tend to multiply quickly over the years. Its not fun to do, but the only way to keep a sense of organization in a room with little ones who would rather play than clean.

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