King for the Day!

colorful balls made in Sri Lanka

Grandson sitting in chair at Barefoot Books studio

Barefoot Concord Studio

Mrs. Moon and Mother Goose Remembers HC w CD

King for the Day!

Our grandson is turning 7 and recently went on a road trip to a fabulous place for children and parents. It's a magical community center where families can browse for books and hear live storytelling, music arts and crafts. For those that live on the east coast, have you been there before? Oh, let me share a little bit about the place with you.

Barefoot Books Studio in Concord, Massachusetts

Wikipedia says,

Barefoot Books is an independent children's book publisher based in Bath, UK and Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. The company began as a home business in 1992 and was founded by Nancy Traversy and Tessa Strickland. It is now an international business, with offices in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Barefoot Books are sold via several outlets, including independent shops and through the company's "Barefoot Books Ambassador" program. Ambassadors are individuals who sell Barefoot Books products through home parties, community, and school events.

Barefoot Books is a registered member of the Direct Selling Association. The company also has 3 retail locations: The Barefoot Books Studio in Concord, Massachusetts, The Barefoot Books Boutique at FAO Schwarz in Manhattan, New York, and as of Oct 2011, The Barefoot Books Studio in Oxford, England.

A number of books published by the company come with "watch and sing along" CDs. Notable voice performers who have recorded sing alongs for Barefoot Books are Fred Penner and SteveSongs. Besides books, the company also sells story & music CDs, puzzles, puppets and other educational toys.

Photos for Blue Monday and Mandarin Orange Monday

Barefoot Books-LadyD participates in two wonderful photo memes every Monday. Hope you'll join in the fun and see what other bloggers post from around the world. I just love all the vibrant photos I'm posting today, especially the colorful balls from Sri Lanka... plus, my #1 grandson and I can't wait to see what you're sharing today.

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Happy Reading!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis
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The Story of Merry Mouse

one moose, twenty mice
Happy International Book Giving Day from the Davis Family

winner of barefoot books giveaway
My grandsons delivering 2 books to the winner!

My daughter sells these lovely Barefoot Books on the east coast. You can learn more about her at, As you can see, one lucky neighbor one two paperback children's books, delivered by my precious grandsons. Have your children ever owned a pet mouse or rat at one time? Wev'e had Sandy the rat and Minnie, the mouse. Just a little bit of blue on the book cover, on Ben's pants and the mouse house. Photos for Blue Monday

If you're not familiar with this one, let me tell you a bit about the book, Barefoot Beginner.

One Moose, Twenty Mice

Count the animals from one to twenty while searching for the cat in this lively hide-and-seek selection that introduces animals like frogs, whales, monkeys, ducks, hens and elephants.

Ages 1 to 4 years
Written By: Stella Blackstone
Illustrated By: Clare Beaton

About The Book 

Many first number books teach pre-school children how to count to ten. This energetic hide-and-seek book goes one step further, helping young readers to count a menagerie of brightly colored felt animals, from one moose to twenty mice. Children will love meeting ladybugs, monkeys, dolphins, and tigers, and there is the added challenge of finding the mischievous ginger cat hiding on every page.

The illustrations are beautiful and counting the animals is fun for the children. 
Let's  have a peek inside!

book illustrations

children's book artwork

paper back book illustrations

One of my most popular posts was making Music Mouse for the Kindergarten Music Class! It was a paper plate filled with rice for a musical tambourine. If interested, visit Meet Music Mouse

Thinking about mice reminds me of another story called Merry Mouse. Have you heard it before?

Merry Mouse by Jill M. Coudron

Once upon a time there was a mouse named Merry. Merry lived with Mama Mouse in a mushroom patch on Monster Mountain.

Merry and Mama were mail mice. They delivered mail to each mouse hole on Monster Mountain. Sometimes they had mail for Mr. Monster, who lived at the very top of the mountain.

One Monday morning, Merry woke up to find marks all over his body - red, scratchy, uncomfortable marks! What was the matter with Merry? Mama Mouse had never seen marks like these. Merry felt miserable.

Merry and Mama decided to climb Monster Mountain to see Mr. Monster. He was kind and wise and could solve anyone's problems. Since it was a mile to the top of the mountain, Mama and Merry rested in the middle.

"My, my," said Mr. Monster as he rubbed his mustache and looked Merry over. "M-M-M-M-M...," he said, as he checked Merry's marks. (Make the sound of the letter M.) Mr. Monster finally said, "Merry, you have the measles!"

Mr. Monster mixed some medicine for Merry to take until the marks disappeared. He also gave Merry special mittens to wear to keep from scratching. The mittens had Ms on them. He told Merry to get lots of rest until Monday morning came again. Mama and Merry thanked Mr. Monster and went back down the mountain to get Merry well again. Mama delivered the mail alone each day while Merry rested.

When Monday morning came again, Merry looked in the mirror and saw that his marks were gone. He called, "Mama, Mama, my marks are missing!"

To thank Mr. Monster for making Merry well, Mama and Merry made muffins, and took them up the mountain to him. As they munched on the muffins, they all said, "M-M-M-M-M-M!"

stuffed moose in toy store

I've seen a real moose in Maine and Utah before; such a spectacular sight. Around the holidays and especially in toy stores, you'll find some moose dolls and puppets for the children. Photo for Mandarin Orange Monday

Happy Reading!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis
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A Little Sun and Lots of Snow

snow fun


child's knitted cap and nylon jacket

snow fall in Maine

front porch covered in snow

a winter's walk outdoors

inside the mud room

rosey cheeks
grandson sitting in chair

 By now, you've heard about the NE Blizzard or perhaps you are affected by it. We have family who are right in the midst of this huge predicted snow storm. Thank the Lord, they were well prepared and found themselves without power for just a little while. In the meantime, before the winds picked up and the storm hit their area, here's a look at our grandson enjoying the outdoors in his blue sweater, snowsuit and cap. How little Noah loves trucking through the snow. Last we heard, the snow had reached their door knob. Soon, after all settles down, they'll be outdoors shoveling their beautiful winter wonderland around! Gosh, here in SoCal, we don't even have a "mud room."

How is it where you are? Above series of photos posted for Blue Monday
For more snow play ideas, visit Snow Themed Sensory Tubs

orange clothing adorned by daughter and granddaughter

This series of shots is all about a little lizard on the wall. I think you can read the story on their faces!

mom consoling daughter's fears

brave granddaughter

joy of discovering lizards outside

pointing with index finger

acceptance of the reptile world

On the far side of the grove towards the old avocado wood pile, lies an orange wheelbarrow. Awhile back, our west coast weather had been pleasantly nice for outdoor play. Here, you'll find my granddaughter not sure about the pesky lizard on the wall, while her mama is assuring her that this friendly little lizard was happily sunning himself and was more afraid of her in size! My granddaughter sure looks cute in her orange clogs. I have a pair for gardening, do you? Photos for Mandarin Orange Monday

Book Recommendations

"Joyful verse relates the many ways to enjoy snow. First graders will love it."--Chicago Tribune.  


Drawn from countries and cultures around the world, these wonderful wintry stories express the magnificence of the season. From a group of courageous Russian animals to a legend about a bag of warmth that can keep winter away forever, these cozy stories will keep out the winter chill.

Fireside Stories

valentine card for girl
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valentine card for boy
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Happy Valentine's Day, dear readers!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis
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