The Hedgehog

The Hedgehog Finger Puppet is one I personally love, and my grandson thinks so, too! It is adorable and so much fun to play with. Great for storytelling! 

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Hedgehog Finger Puppet

Beware of this "prickly" hedgehog in the garden. This finger puppet is four inches long with soft plush spines. 

Ages 3 to 7 years 

Produced By: Folkmanis 

The children's author and illustrator, Jan Bre...Image via WikipediaPrice $7.99

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Monthly, I receive a wonderful newsletter, sign up at Blogs 'n' Books from Jan Brett. She's a fabulous author and illustrator. She is not published by Barefoot Books but I do love her children's books.

You don't want to miss out on "Hedgie wants to be a blue angel coloring page."

Wikipedia says:

"The name 'hedgehog' came into use around the year 1450, derived from the Middle English 'heyghoge', from 'heyg', 'hegge' = hedge, because it frequents hedgerows, and 'hoge', 'hogge' = hog, from its piglike snout. Other names include 'urchin', 'hedgepig' and 'furze-pig'."

National Geographic Kids has some facts and photos about these interesting hedgehogs at  

More facts about Hedgehogs can be found at

“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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Superhero Cape

Every year Santa Barbara has a Summer Solstice Parade. This balloon at the end of the parade reminded me of the following books. Barefoot Books- LadyD is participating in Mellow Yellow Monday.


 Journey around the world and to the stars in our new Up, Up, Up! animated video with audio singalong.

Enjoy an aerial view of the planet when you set sail in a hot-air balloon with three children and their inquisitive dog. Sung by Susan Reed. From the book and CD illustrated by Rachel Oldfield, available at 

There's another book I picked up from our local library from the Dial Easy - To - Read Level 3 series, Oliver The Mighty Pig by Jean Van Leeuwen. Darling book about a family who loves Oliver, whether he is wearing his cape or not.

"Who has a long red cape and is able to fly? Mighty Pig, of course!"

Oliver the Mighty Pig (Easy-to-Read, Dial)Children's Humorous Literature)

I'm planning on making some cool capes for my grandsons and granddaughter. It's been awhile since I made a Superman cape for my son.  I was wondering if you had sewn a cape before and if so, what type of fabric did you use? I suppose anything from silk to a bath towel or bed sheet would be fun to hold onto and run around with! lol

Free Superhero Pattern

Superhero, a hero, especially in children's comic books and television cartoons, possessing extraordinary, often magical powers.

“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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Blue Monday: Aquarium Fish

I am participating in Blue Monday, with our hostess

 Our grandson was visiting an aquarium on the east coast and as you can see,  he was totally into it!

These photos reminded me of a book review I posted awhile back.

Sail On Sailor!
January 16, 2010

Colorful, Bedtime, Great illustrations, rhyming, fantasy, dragon
Starlight Sailor is a wonderful story. The soft rhyming tells a lovely, dreamy tale and opens with:
"Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight."
The illustrations are magical - a timeless classic! You'll see blue whales, bluebirds, knights and kings along this journey of fantasy and pretend. Even the red and gold dragon is a nice gentle dragon, flying here and there, taking children everywhere! The starfish and mermaids singing their lullaby are sure to put any young child fast to sleep. So dream on little ones of flying fish dancing in the sky! A perfect bedtime book!
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For ages 2-6, so this one is cool for our oldest grandson.


Another delightful large format board book with breath-taking illustrations is, I Spy the Sun in the Sky. We have this one on our book shelf. I have 3 grandchildren under the age of 4, so this is a hit with them. It's quality with durable, heavy cardboard pages and a simple story to follow along.  An interactive book for "spying" objects on the pages! My Marketplace


I Spy the Sun in the Sky

Set sail for a distant island with a young boy in search of a friend in this I-spy adventure. The rhyme and repetition encourage easy learning, and the surprise at the end will delight young readers.
Ages 1 to 4 years
Written By: Stella Blackstone
Illustrated By: Nicoletta Ceccoli

It's truly amazing what one can find under the sea looking at the above photo. I can just picture a children's bedroom decorated in an ocean theme. What treasure have you brought back from the sea?

Happy Blue Monday!

“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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And To All A Good Knight

About The Barefoot Book of Knights
You will read of tales about Knights from seven different countries, connected by the story of Tom, the Page. Tom learns values and skills of becoming a knight and is mentored by Master William, who tells him the stories in this book. Each story is adventurous, clever and highlights the good values and chivalry of the knights, especially bravery.

Book w/ CD editions include stories read by actor Anthony Stewart Head. Paperback w CD costs $15.99

For Ages 8 and up
It's retold by: John Matthews
Beautifully illustrated by: Giovanni Manna
Narrated by: Anthony Head

Recently I received a note from William of
I had a fun-time on the site and spent lots of time there. It's good for kids and young adults.

"Each week The Hazardous Players offers up a new chapter in the adventures of good Sir Cottington and Sir Bratwurst.  Listen as they reluctantly stumble their way through the land of Udenland, while trying to avoid being eaten by any number of terrifying beasts. Along the way they meet several of the eccentric members of Udenland society who more often than not, prove a greater challenge than the terrifying beasts.
Fortunately for the knights they have with them the Henchwoods Guides, the essential guides for identifying the myriad of creatures and plants which pose a threat to their safety and generally well being.  Regularly the guide is updated with illustrations and facts about new discoveries, including everything from migration habits to the best way to avoid being eaten (usually involves running)."
                                                photo credit: KNIGHTTIME

You might want to stop by and listen to an interview  Finding Wonderland

photo credit: KNIGHTTIME

If you enjoy a good twisted tale, please visit the world of Knighttime, where things can get weird. You'll meet so many characters, like this one.

Sheriff Dogberry
And visit them on FaceBook:


Over in the Meadow

 Blue Monday

I am always on the look out for new books with catchy tunes for my 4 grandchildren to enjoy. I have found a real gem from the Barefoot Books Publishers that you will love. I must forewarn you, once you watch the video, you will definitely want to join in and sing along over and over!

Over in the Meadow

Susan Reed's catchy adaptation of this traditional English song explores all kinds of creatures who live over in the meadow. With notes on meadows and the furry mice, bumpy toads and other wildlife in the story.

Enhanced CD edition includes an animated video and audio singalong sung by Susan Reed.
Ages 3 to 6 years 

Illustrated By: Jill McDonald

"Jill McDonald created the beautiful Over in the Meadow illustrations by painting her background scenes and animals as separate collage pieces, scanning each one and compiling the final compositions in Photoshop. This gave a unique look to the finished animation. Learning from this experience, when we commissioned our latest singalong book, we specifically asked for the art to be painted in layers to facilitate creating the animation."

-- From Barefoot Books Blog.

Sung By: Susan Reed

 Join in and help count all the animals in our new Over in the Meadow animated video with audio singalong.

Hardcover w Enhanced CD ($16.99) 

Until next time, happy reading! 

-- LadyD

Kid's Recipe Cards

Kids' Kitchen

40 Fun and Healthy Recipes to Make and Share


Step into the kitchen for some child-friendly fun with food. 
The forty recipes in this colorful deck are based around the five main food groups, and offer a healthy and exciting way to learn about cooking. 
Ages 8 and up
Written By: Fiona Bird
Illustrated By: Roberta Arenson

These recipe cards (priced at $19.99) can be purchased at
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Photo Credit: Disney

You might be interested in these children's activities:

How To Make Chef Hats for Kids 

 I'm joining Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop Moms Review 4 You

Be sure and visit Going Green with Noah

While cooking with your children, you might want to pick a sprig or two of fresh mint to add to their juice or iced tea.

Happy Wednesday!

Love, LadyD