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Under Construction

Under Construction

I want to make my site easier to use and easier to find stuff that you are looking for! I am just beginning construction, but don’t worry: while we live with construction constantly in Utah, this site won’t be under major construction forever! I hope…

Still the most important work

Still the most important work

I was watching the video below (of a recent UNICEF meeting) as I got ready this morning, and the thought that came to me is that the most important work in all the world is still lovingly nurturing our own children. I listened to all…

The Trees of the Dancing Goats

The Trees of the Dancing Goats

The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco is not officially our family book club younger read for this month. (Our family book club younger read would be the whole shelf, basically. That’s what they do in December. They get the books out and read them on the couch in front of the fire. And then they leave them on the couch and floor for me to put back. Kind of their tradition. I like the reading part. Not the cleaning up part. LOL.)

This is such a loving story, that I still tear up when I read it. If you can get the audio version of Patricia reading the book, you will love it. (I especially love how she does her grandmother’s accent.) Trees is a tender tale of a Jewish family who serves a Christian family who is sick with scarlet fever. It is a perfect (and true!) Christmas tale about sacrifice and true neighborly love.

Bits or coals in our mouths

Bits or coals in our mouths

Today in Primary music time, I was teaching the children about how Heavenly Father wants us to use our lips, teeth, tongues. I tried to explain about bits in horses’ mouths to steer them. Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may…

Sharing the Bread

Sharing the Bread

Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story by Pat Zietlow Miller. Illustrated by Jill McElmurry. New to us in 2019. this charming book shows the whole family working together to prepare the Thanksgiving dinner. Taking place in 19th century America, father and little brother heats…

Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña. Illustrated by Christian Robinson.

CJ’s grandma takes him two places on Sundays: to church and then to the soup kitchen. They ride the bus. CJ wants to know why they have to take the bus…why they don’t have a car…why they have to go to the soup kitchen…why he doesn’t have an mp3player/cell phone. Nana replies with the kind of wisdom, love, and gratitude that you wish you always could have in a moment like these. Nana is right, and CJ recognizes that.

This whole book just makes you want to be more Nana-like and see life through eyes of gratitude and love!

Thankful

Thankful

Thankful by Eileen Spinelli. Illustrated by Archie Preston. “The poet is thankful for words that rhyme./The children, for morning story time….The dancer is thankful. She loves the beat/that stirs her heart and hips and feet..” I love this book chock full of happy illustrations that…

The Giver of Holy Gifts

The Giver of Holy Gifts

The Giver of Holy Gifts by the BYU Museum of Art. This slightly larger board book, produced by the BYU Museum of Art, is a beautiful introduction to sacred art with prose that is at once accessible and inspiring to the youngest reader: “He gives you…

Over the River and Through the Woods

Over the River and Through the Woods

Over the River and Through the Woods by Lydia Maria Child, illustrated with woodcuts by Christopher Manson.

I love the incredible woodcut print illustrations in this traditional Thanksgiving song! Did you know it was originally written as a Christmas poem?

For a more in-depth review of this song and the history behind it, go to my post on freedeliciousmusic.org here.

The Ox-Cart Man

The Ox-Cart Man

The Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall. Illustrated by Barbara Cooney. The Ox-Cart Man. What I love about this story is the historical review of what families had to do in order to live back not too many generations ago: plant what you eat, wear, and…