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After being told I would never be able to have children, I am now a stay-at-home Mommy to Maddie who happens to have Down Syndrome. I've been married 16 years to my best friend, having the time of my life. Thanks for stopping by and sharing in our little journey through life.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Five A Day Books

I first fell in love with the Imagination Tree blog when I saw what this Momma (Anna) can do with left over spaghetti and a cardboard box.  It was love at first sight!  I get so many great, wonderful, and inexpensive ideas here, I just had to participate in the Five A Day Book link up...wow, another great idea! 

5 a day books
This week Maddie and I will be talking about ponds.  Here's our line up of books...
Pond Walk by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace.  This book is great because at the end it shows step by step how to make a rock turtle!

Scoot! by Cathryn Falwell. This book focuses on all the actions taking place at the pond (with the exception of the six, very still turtles!)

Pond Circle by Betsy Franco.  This is a fun add-on story beginning with algae and ending with a girl named Anna. 

Dimity Duck by Jane Yolen & Sebastien Braun.  A cute little story about a duck whose friends with a frog at the pond.
All of these I checked out at the library with the exception of this last one In the Pond by Anna Milbourne.  I bought this one off Amazon along with these little cuties!
I love these because they really make the book "come to life" with the 3-D objects.  
The book talks about the eggs, and you have the eggs to show or pull out of a mystery bag while you're reading the story...(extra drama = lots of fun!)
And then there's the tadpole...
and then he grows legs
and his tail gets smaller...
until finally, he's a full-grown frog!

I have lots of fun things planned for us this week!  This should help with the staying-in-from-the-heat-all-day-boredom.  Unfortunately, I think it would really cool if we could visit an actual pond, but with this heat, it's just not going to happen.  : (   oh, well...we'll just pretend.  Maddie's starting to get really good at that! 


  1. So happy to see SCOOT! included here! I have a new pond book out, too, especially for preschoolers: POND BABIES, published by Down East Books.
    Enjoy your pond time!

  2. How WONDERFUL! What a great theme and brilliant use of the little frog cycle toys too. I used to have some of those but they got sucked into the abyss of my classroom years ago! I haven't heard of any of those books, so will bookmark them for a future theme. Thanks for linking up and saying such lovely things about me :-)