5 a Day Books: Space Theme

5 a Day Books: Space Theme

 I Wish I Were a Pilot (Board Book)

Wish your way through race car tracks, wavy seas and even star-filled space. Travelers of all sorts are featured in this imaginative book that includes educational notes about each of the modes of transportation featured in the rhyming text.
Ages 1 to 4 years 

Written By: Stella Blackstone
Illustrated By: Max Grover

* This book gives you a quick look at several exciting professions and methods of transportation such as Pilot, Train Engineer, Race Car Driver, Astronaut, Cowboy, etc. There are bright colored illustrations and an engaging story for your little ones. See more at my market place.


Star Seeker (Hardcover and Paperback)

A Journey to Outer Space

Journey through the night sky on a poetic trip that blends adventure, imagination and science to teach the basics of our solar system. Includes endnotes about the planets, stars, moons, constellations and even a little mythology. The hardcover edition includes a poster of the solar system.
Ages 5 to 11 years 

Written By: Theresa Heine
Illustrated By: Victor Tavares

* My Review: Sparks The Imagination

Easy to read, Educational, Colorful, Great illustrations
What a great way to travel the Solar System! This is an easy to read book with colorful illustrations from Victor Tavares. Each page sparks the imagination. Perhaps you will bake ginger cookies on Venus or throw a frisbee at Uranus. Maybe with your lunar lasso you'll loop Saturn's bright rings. Theresa Heine's poetic language is a fun way to learn about our solar system.

I Took the Moon for a Walk 

(Hardcover and Large Format Board Book)

Embark on a dreamy, nighttime jaunt with a young boy and the moon. Overcoming a fear of the dark and discovering the world at night lives at the heart of this poetic tale. Includes notes about the moon and plants and animals that thrive in the wee hours. 
Ages 1 to 7 years 

Written By: Carolyn Curtis
Illustrated By: Alison Jay
 * A charming story and a great bedtime book! This is one of my favorites and the illustrations are lovely. I recommend this one to preschool teachers.

Up, Up, Up! 

(Hardcover with Music CD and Paperback with Enhanced CD)

This airborne adventure takes readers ballooning over lands near and far, all the way to the stars. The charming singalong song on the accompanying CD keeps spirits high, while the rhyming and playful text introduces all sorts of settings and vocabulary-building words.

Book with enhanced CD edition includes an animated video and audio singalong sung by Susan Reed.
Ages 3 to 7 years 

Written By: Susan Reed
Illustrated By: Rachel Oldfield

  I Could Be, You Could Be (Hardcover)

What would you like to be today? Join two children as they use their imaginations to become everything from astronauts to aliens. Includes instructions on how to make masks out of recycled materials.
Ages 2 to 6 years 

Written By: Karen Owen
Illustrated By: Barroux 

* Unfortunately this one is out of stock and I haven't had the opportunity to order this one. If you are interested in seeing the pages to any of the Barefoot Books, you will want to visit http://ladyd.barefootbooks.com

In my collage I listed The Tear Thief and The Princess and The White Bear King books as well.

 Perhaps you'd like to join us for 5 a Day Books: Space Theme at http://www.theimaginationtree.com

 Be sure and stop by for Book Sharing Monday at http://smilinglikesunshine1.blogspot.com/

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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Slimey Green Gloop

Kitchen Recipe Card Deck

 I love to look at everyone's crafts this time of year and especially anything that has to do with food. The possibilities seem endless from black drinks, such as dark coffee, placed in a glass with an orange sugar trim on the rim... to monster cookies!

Well, Barefoot Books offers recipe cards for children who love to be in the kitchen! The creator of Kids Kitchen has offered some spooky recipes for your Halloween party... what fun!

Icy Hand Snatchers

Make these spooky frozen popsicles for a cool treat on Halloween night.

Quantity: Makes 4 icy hands

What you’ll need:
  • 4 plastic gloves (food prep/surgical gloves)
  • Twist ties
  • 3 cups (800ml) dark red berry juice
What to do:

1. Ask a friend to hold the surgical glove open; it is best to do this over the sink, in case of spills. Carefully pour 3/4 of a cup of juice into each glove. Make sure that you fill the fingers and thumb but don’t overfill because the juice will expand when frozen. Push as much air out as you can and use the twist tie to tie the gloves up, leaving 1 inch of unfilled hand.
2. Freeze gloves flat in a freezer-proof container with a weight (ice pack) to flatten the bulges (about 2 hours). Put the frozen hands under a tap and very carefully remove the hands from the gloves. Do not hurry (scissors are useful). If you try to do it too quickly you may break the fingers. (Don’t worry if you do break one finger, it will add to the scary Halloween party and make a delicious cook’s snack.)
3. Put the hands on a tray and return to the freezer until it is party time.
4. Wrap the hands in red napkins and hand them to friends.

Meringue Ghosts

Bake these simple ingredients in the oven and watch as little ghosts magically appear.

Quantity: Makes 9 ghosts

What you’ll need:

What to do:

1. Preheat the oven to 250°F (130°C).
2. Cover the baking tray with parchment paper.
3. Carefully separate the eggs. Put the egg whites in a bowl. Make sure that your hands are dry and whisk the egg whites with the electric mixer. Begin at a low speed and gradually increase to a higher speed. Whisk the egg whites until they form mountain peaks.
4. Whisk in the sugar a little at a time, until the mixture is very thick.
5. Spoon the meringue into ghost shapes on the baking tray. Make sure that you leave space between the meringues. Pop 2 silver balls (eyes) on each ghost.
6. Bake the ghosts in the oven for 1 ½ – 2 hours or until the ghosts come away from the paper.
7. Gently pull the ghosts off the paper and put them on a wire rack to cool.

Slimey Green Goop

So, here's what we made for our craft this week! (edible food!)

Slimey Green Gloop 
(Also known as Guacamole)

Feeds 6 as a dip

1 large avocado or two
1 green medium green chili
1 scallion
half a lime
garlic salt or powder
2 handfuls of cilantro

Mash and chop all. Then put in a bowl and begin dipping!!!

What did you stir up in your kitchen for tomorrow's festivities?!

As always, these recipe cards for the children can be ordered at


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Books About Autumn

Pumpkin Butterfly

Pumpkin Butterfly: Poems from the Other Side of Nature
Fall Is Fun

Fall Is Fun (First Graphics: Seasons)

Zelda and Ivy, The Runaways

The Runaways (Zelda and Ivy (Prebound)
Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic
Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic

These four books are good ones and I loved reading them with my grandson. This one is my favorite! We have this one in our library. It is available in paperback w/ story cd for $9.99

The Gigantic Turnip
 Find out what happens when the old woman, the old man, and all twenty-one animals on the farm try to harvest a rather large root vegetable. This well-loved Russian tale uses humor, counting and repetition to appeal to beginner readers. Book with CD editions include story read by Ellen Verenieks.

Ages 3 to 7 years
Let's have a peek inside:

Written By: Aleksei Tolstoy
Illustrated By: Niamh Sharkey

Narrated By: Ellen Verenieks

Children's Activity

You Will Need: 

1 group of children
1 enthusiastic adult
1 rope (6 feet or longer)
1 bag of vegetables

* Show a bag of vegetables. Get them to guess what's in the bag. Finally, show a turnip!
* Read story aloud and ask kids to listen carefully. Next time assign parts.
* You will need 6 yellow canaries, 5 white geese, 4 black cats, 2 pot-bellied pigs, 1 brown cow, 1 old man, 1 old woman and one old mouse.
* Get a rope and the children will line up in order as you call their names aloud, while the turnip is on the other side.
* Discuss who it was that pulled up the turnip!

This fun book meme theme is hosted by The Imagination Tree 

Taking a walk outside, I came across these "yellow thingies" and thought to myself, this image would go well with Mellow Yellow Monday!

Mellow Yellow 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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Gourd Ghost Game

Ghost Bowling with Gourds

Gourd Ghost Bowling

First off, I saw these tissue ghosts on another blog and I failed to record the link.  The blogger used 5 rolls. Needless to say, this is not my original creative thought. Yet, what a great idea because it is sooo easy to make!!! (3 dots) lol! I know my grandson will love playing this game, like lawn bowling. We will try gourds, persimmons and little round pumpkins to knock the rolls down for a fun time together.

Here are more creative ideas:

Tp roll craft 

Craft ideas using empty tp rolls. 

Tpaper games and toys. 

What's so cool about toilet paper tubes is that you can add many different kinds of creative embellishments for every holiday or specific party occasions.  

Here are a few examples below if you're looking for a variety of wonderful free clip art, visit, Graphics Fairy

Photo Credit: Graphics Fairy
Photo Credit: Graphics Fairy

 I also love author and illustrator Jan Brett! See what she creates for you. It's free!

Halloween Place Mat

Pirate Coloring Page

What wonderful games will you be doing? 

Barefoot Books offers a very cool reusable sticker game that provides an activity for the little ones that they will enjoy doing while traveling. The price is $9.99 and you can order it at my market place.

On the farm Mini Play Scene

On the Farm Mini Playscene

Have fun on the farm with over forty stickers of farmyard animals and a colorful background scene. The reusable, vinyl stickers create a new scene every time, and the convenient format is perfect for travel.

Ages 3 to 7 years 

Illustrated By: Clare Beaton
Produced By: Mudpuppy Press



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Dragons and Monsters

Wordplay at its best!

I Dreamt I Was a Dinosaur

A Story from North America

Discover what happens when a brave woman and her husband are kind to a savage and terrible Chenoo. Instead of letting themselves be scared of this man-eating monster, they feed him caribou meat, provide him with clothes and make him snug and warm in their teepee. Can they melt his frozen heart?

Find the hidden dragon!
This Italian tale tells how PĂ­rolo, the King’s youngest gardener, sets out on an impossible quest which frightens even the bravest of the King’s knights. Can he steal a magic feather from the back of the terrifying feathered ogre who eats tasty boys and girls for his supper?

 My Review: I Dreamt I Was a Dinosaur

"If you're looking for an adorable book for preschoolers, I found it for you! I have enjoyed reading I Dreamt I Was A Dinosaur to my 13 month old Grandson. This adorable book takes you on a journey to dinosaur land. Which one would you like to be? I was familiar with many types of dinosaurs except for a new one, Parasaurolophus.
Throughout the book, the illustrator, Clare Beaton, will delight you with her fabric creations. The volcano with the sequins for lava is especially creative.
Author, Stella Blackstone continues to impress me with her rhyme writing style. Toddlers and preschoolers will safely land in bed to find "it was only a dream!" What I especially love with this particular book is that there is a surprise cleverly woven throughout each page!"
As always these books are available for online purchase at
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Be sure and stop by The Imagination Tree to see the wild animal theme post. After reading about monsters and dragons, you might be interested in having a little snack, such as popcorn and then having a bit of fun decorating your food at Mess For Less

I love to play in PhotoShop and Picnik!

Best Wishes,

“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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