Pigs to the Rescue

I think that my life has gone to the pigs. I got involved in my buddy, Bacon’s “Blast From the Past, Show and Tell” event this weekend. If you’ve never met Bacon, he is a very fine pig fellow who posts some very funny stuff. You can visit him at the Hotel Thompson HERE if you’d like. And then this week at the library, my reading buddies picked out this book –

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by John Himmelman
published Henry Holt and Co. in 2010

Now right off from the cover you can tell that these pigs are going to be nothing but trouble. You can tell a lot by a book’s cover. This cover tells you the whole story without even opening up the pages! And that’s why my boys picked this one. They knew that this one was going to be a crazy romp! And they were right!!

Farmer Greenstalk and his family have the darndest luck. The tractor breaks down, the water hose springs a leak, a kite gets stuck in a tree, the rooster can’t crow. But never fear! The pigs are here!!! To the rescue!! They are very enthusiastic helpers, but as you might imagine they only make matters worse. What’s a family to do?! Well, you’ll have to check this one out to find out! We read this book TWICE, it was so funny!

Mr Himmelman has written like a million books. Lots of silly ones like this pig book. There’s Chickens to the Rescue and Cows to the Rescue and Duck to the Rescue!!! He has also written a whole bunch of nature books. He has a great website that I would advise you to visit. Just click HERE. You can find out all about ALL of his books and watch some cool videos and all kinds of stuff. Go THERE now!

And here’s a story about a pig who really did come to the rescue! Lulu the pig saved her Mom when Mom had a heart attack! Check it out HERE!

And MORE pigs to the rescue! HERE are some pigs who eat up poisonous acorns to save ponies!

I think pigs are pretty awesome! What do you think? Do you know any pigs?

I wish you a very lucky day!
Your library friend
Rhythm
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Serendipity

I am always fascinated at how serendipitous life can be. I love that word – serendipity/serendipitous. I love the concept. According to wikipedia, the word serendipity means “a happy accident” or “a pleasant surprise”. The word was first used, it seems, by Horace Walpole when talking about a Persian fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip, whose heroes “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of”. Life is full of magical moments.

At our last visit to the great Half-Price Books in Dallas, we came across a book by Alexandra Day, one of my favorite author/illustrators. Ms Day is the creator of the Good Dog, Carl books, of which we have several. I LOVE Carl! He is one of my heros. The book that we found at the bookstore is not a Carl book. It’s not even about a rottweiler. It IS about a dog. A very funny dog. I think it is a Bernese Mountain Dog.

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The book is called The Fairy Dogfather. It was published in 2012 by Green Tiger Press. It begins with a young boy, Hector, who is learning to write and gets his “d” and “g” confused. Then he decides to see if he has a fairy godfather who can help him out with a dilemma. He writes a letter and attaches it to his window before going to bed. But since he gets his “d” and “g” mixed up, the letter is answered by a fairy DOGfather. A very silly dogfather who smokes a cigar and messes up Dad’s newspaper and eats a lot of food from the kitchen. And doesn’t seem to be of any help at all. The dogfather leaves on the vacuum cleaner and Hector goes back to bed very disappointed. But when he awakes in the morning he finds that the dogfather DID create some magic! A wonderful tale!

Now the fact that we found this lovely story of Ms Day’s was serendipitous because, even though we always look, we rarely find anything by Ms Day besides Carl books. Then today at the library a young lady sat down to read to us a book that she had pulled off of the library shelf — a book by Alexandra Day!! And not a Carl book! Serendipity!

IMG_2590This book is called Special Deliveries and was co-written with Cooper Edens. It was published in 2001 by Harper Collins. Another fantastical tale! A story about the mail! A family – Mom, two daughters and a whole passel of animals live in the country and become the mail service for their valley. They all help deliver the mail to the neighbors. Even all the animals!! Dogs and cats and goats and donkeys and birds and pigs. When the girls realize that some of the neighbors don’t ever get any mail, they decide to make letters to send to them. So they all create lovely letters — even all the animals!! This is a great book! I love Ms Day’s illustrations and the story is a very lovely one of giving and sharing.

And that was serendipitous to have another book by Ms Day! But then this afternoon when our mail lady came, she had mail for me!! Just like the book!

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It seems that I won a contest over at the new blog for showcasing novels for Tweens, Emblazon, and I got two books in the mail!! The Dreamkeeper by Mikey Brooks and Curse at Zala Manor by BBH McChiller. Now you put all these things together and you have serendipity for sure!! These books are a little bigger than my usual reading fare and it will take me awhile to get through them, but I’ll try to do a report on them before toooo long.

And I’ll leave you with some magic from the Lovin’ Spoonful —

I hope you discover some serendipity somewhere today —
Rhythm

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My Buddy

My Buddy Walker went to West today and had a big day. He visited the life skills class and had a great time playing games with the boys there. And then he got in some reading in the library with some 3rd graders and some kindergarteners. He says they were all very kind and respectful. The librarian chose a book called My Buddy. This is a book that we actually have in our home library and is one of our favorites.

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It’s written by Audrey Osofsky and illustrated by Ted Rand. It was published by Henry Holt and Co. in 1992. It’s about a boy with muscular dystrophy and his service dog, Buddy.

Walker happens to carry a few pictures with him of his time as a Guide Dog in Training and he shared them with the kids. They thought it was pretty fun that Walker did some of the same things that Buddy did! Like going to a mall!  Buddy knows 60 commands and the kids figured that Walker knows about 30. But they thought that was pretty smart!

We like this book because it’s about a service dog and Walker and I come from that background. This is a really nice book to read with kids that shows them how special service dogs can be. It talks about some of the training that Buddy goes through and also how Buddy and his boy have to train together. At first they had a hard time trusting each other. The boy tied Buddy to his wrist so that they had to spend every moment together. Even taking showers together! I used to take showers with the Mom Person. I liked that. Now I’m too big.

Buddy does a lot of stuff for his boy that makes life easier and more fun. He becomes just like one of “the guys”.

IMG_1742Buddy and the boy go shopping at the mall and Buddy gives the money to the shop lady! That’s not something Walker ever learned! I think this book helps kids appreciate what a dog can do for people. And I think that these kids in West really appreciate our visits. It’s been fun going there.

We couldn’t find any information on the author of this fine little book. Ms Osofsky has written a couple of other books, but seems to be rather elusive! We did find a nice review of My Buddy with a little about how she came to write it. You might check it out here.

For more information about service dogs visit Canine Companions for Independence.

And for Guide Dog information visit Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc.

And a little video from Canine Companions for Independence —

Lots of Hands On Love in West!

This was my day today —

This morning we visited the West Elementary School in West, Tx. The 1st half of the morning I was in the library. About 50 kids at a time came in and listened to an audio CD of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It was kind of hard for me to follow with no pictures. And with hands massaging my whole body while the CD was kind of droning on, I confess that I went right to sleep!

For the 2nd half of the morning we moved to the music room and got to listen to recorder music and singing. Those kids were really pretty good! Didn’t hurt my ears one bit! And if my singing was not on the blink, I would have been singing along!

It was a good day for all!! Hope yours was too!

This is not the West music group, but this is pretty much what I listened to —

Yankee Doodle on recorder