Thursday, April 19, 2012

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22, 2012

"And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest."

Written by Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Sensitive Plant

(Click here to learn more about Earth Day.)

Here are two colorful picture books and a spring activity to celebrate this time of year:

Illustrations by Henry Cole

It's time for Katy Duck's spring dance recital and as usual Katy is looking forward to taking the stage by storm. But she's not cast not as a daffodil or the bright sun or even a fluffy cloud. Katy is cast as a caterpillar. A wiggling, crawling caterpillar. As usual Katy has to learn to manage disappointment and as only Katy can do turn a small part into the starring role as she realizes that caterpillars always emerge as beautiful butterflies.

This lovely springtime story is a lovely tale of making everything your own and making every part count, no matter how small. It will be truly appreciated by preschoolers and ballerinas cast as caterpillars everywhere.

“Tra-la-la! Quack, quack! How I love spring!”

(Purchase the literary plush doll at MerryMakers, Inc.)

Next up:

Illustrations by Robin Preiss Glasser

Nancy thinks butterflies are simply exquisite. And that is why she can't wait for her friend Bree's Butterfly Birthday. It's going to be the fanciest birthday party ever! But when Nancy finds out she can't go because her grandparents' fiftieth anniversary party is the same day, she is furious. (Mad is way too plain for how she feels.) Will Nancy be able to overcome her disappointment?

In this magical new story from bestselling duo Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, everybody's favorite fancy girl gets a surprise lesson in fancy from her grandparents. Looks like fancy runs in the family after all!

And here's an adorable craft that I found online:

(Click here for the directions.)

Ah, spring!

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