Thursday, May 13, 2010

Good Night Moon

I have never actually read that book. To myself or my children.

And I'm not one of those mom's that can just pull a 30 minute faerie tale out of my butt to tell to my kids at bedtime either. Try as I may. So alas, I am left searching for the perfect bedtime story among the library that are my kiddos' books.

Has anyone else struggled with the story end of the bedtime routine? I, personally, get tired of reading the same stories over and over again. After a while, I don't care if it's Pinkie Pies birthday party. Or that Sleeping Beauty has to find the perfect wedding dress.

So I figured, just incase someone is stuck in the same unfortunate situation as I, that I would post a list of bedtime stories that I've either read my kids, or that I was read as a child... just to give you guys some ideas. And by the way, I kind of suck at reviews so some of them are going to be from Amazon if I can find them.

The first, unfortunately, I can't find. Anywhere... so if any of you CAN please please PLEASE tell me. It was one that was read to me at bedtime by my older brother who is no longer with us, and it, probably for that reason, is one of my favorites. It's call God is in the Night. But I don't know who it's by. :-(

The second, The Snow Child. It's by Harriet Ziefert. It's about an old couple who were sad that they had no children. So, wanting a little boy or girl built one out of snow. When the old woman kissed the snow child, she came to life. They were all happy for a while until Spring came and it got to warm for the Snow Child to stay. She had to go where it was cold. The old couple was sad again. But the Snow Child came back the next winter.

The next is actually a great number of stories/books, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald and a few other authors on different stories. I'm just going to post the review from Amazon for these. "Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has been wildly popular with children and adults for over 50 years. Children adore her because she understands them--and because her upside-down house is always filled with the smell of freshly baked cookies, and her backyard with buried treasure. Grownups love her because her magical common sense solutions to children's problems succeed when their own cajoling and yelling don't. For the child who refuses to bathe, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle recommends letting her be. Wait until the dirt on her body has accumulated to half an inch, then scatter radish seeds on her arms and head. When the plants start sprouting, the nonbather is guaranteed to change her mind about that bath."

Number four is another where there are multiple books. It's Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish, Herman Parish, and Lynn Sweat. That's another group of books that I read when I was younger. Again, another snippet from Amazon, "Amelia Bedelia draws the drapes with a pencil and sketchpad. She makes sponge cake with a real sponge. She recruits a train conductor to lead an orchestra. And when she's driving toward a fork in the road, she's also on the lookout for a spoon."

Selection number five is Rotten Ralph. The books are written by Jack Gantos and Illustrated by Nicole Rubel. These were a favorite of my little brother way back when. Ralph is a rotten cat (really?) but despite his attitude and his nastiness, his owner loves him anyway. Does Ralph finally see the error of his ways?

Number six, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day written by Judith Viorst. "I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there's gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day." Another favorite of mine and my brother's when we were younger.

That's all I have for right now. I have to go jump in the shower and then run to the store, but I will post more as I either find them or remember them later.

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