Tuesday, March 29, 2011

4th Birthday

Mira's birthday has come and gone, we planned a Puppet/Bunny themed party for her in 8 days. It was planned in my head for longer, I assure you, but the final coming together and invitation debacle took place in 8 short days.

Initially I wanted to have a pony party (with a pony) because I heard she and a couple of other girls were devoted to the ponies in her classroom. I hoped these were replica ponies and NOT my little... In the meantime, I was fixing my sights on several Oliver + S projects in the new book and was hit with a spot of brilliance, the Puppet Theater was the perfect thing to make because I could easily plan a puppet-craft party. It would give the kids a job, it would be a loose theme and if I could determine an inspiration point it would be a done deal. Some googling found rather wonderful puppet crafts, I have to say Made by Joel and the Crafty Crow are the two best resources I can think of for paper crafting with children. I think it was when I saw a "Where the Wild Things Are" themed puppet collection that I hit it, it was going to be a rabbit theme. Either Peter Rabbit or Moon Rabbit. I decided that Moon Rabbit's simplistic drawings and bold style would be the easiest to plan, and it's a book I'm rather fond of after finding it at the library.

In several hours I made the Puppet Theater, in an evening Mira and I cut, glued and hole punched the garland, in an hour I drew the bunnies (as well as flowers, guitars and purses) on card stock for mounting on wooden sticks. In a night I prepped punch and whatever else I could and still I was completely exhausted by the time the party started on Saturday morning. But I think it came together nicely.

Here are a few details from the party:
Carrot Garland
Puppet Theater and Puppet Craft
Fairy Berries

S'more Kabobs

Crayon Roll-Up Favors

A very happy birthday girl at the end of the day

The Stacks

In honor of Mira's birthday I popped into a wonderful children's bookstore in Roland Park and bought a huge stack. Usually Mira prefers princess themes (or she says she prefers princess themes but I give her more credit than that) but it has turned out that the book she loves the most is the one she first shunned. This morning Genevieve and I set out to photograph and review them.

This Christmas I decided to begin each of my daughter's Beatrix Potter collections, Mira is up to #3. We haven't read this one yet, but I have found that she becomes remarkably tired when we read books 1 & 2. I love the early 20th century English language style, "Presently..." is used on frequent occasions. And of course, Potter's drawings are beyond charming.

The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter


The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter
The next book that has become an absolute favorite is by Mo Willems. The ladies at the bookstore said kids just love these books because they're terribly funny in the best way. They were quite right.
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems
Mira's favorite part is here, right after the pigeon yawns. Have I mentioned that we have a difficult time with bedtimes at our house?
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems   
T is for Terrible by Peter McCarty
When the bookstore lady brought me this one I was skeptical. Dinosaurs for my girls? What is hilarious is that I instantly thought of Genevieve. She breaks things, she is not exactly delicate. So when I read this next page, "I cannot help that I step on little flowers when I walk" I felt a little heart string tug.
T is for Terrible by Peter McCarty
 "I cannot help that I grew so enormous and so enormously hungry." That is so Genevieve!
T is for Terrible by Peter McCarty

Hondo & Fabian by Peter McCarty
 Hondo & Fabian is cute for siblings because there's always one that feels left behind.
Hondo & Fabian by Peter McCarty
 So affirmative! Poor Fabian IS going to the living room to play with the baby. As IF a cat that rotund ever had a choice.
Hondo & Fabian by Peter McCarty

Library Lion by Michelle Knudson
This is the book that was shunned. It's the best one in the lot. One day, a Lion just shows up for story time at the library. And since the lion was not breaking any rules, he was allowed to stay. Each subsequent day the lion shows up a little earlier and so he is put to work dusting and helping children reach books up high. And he stays contented for story time each day.
Library Lion by Michelle Knudson
One day the lion is forced to break the rules, and he {SPOILER} leaves, dejected. It takes a while but he does come back, and the way it happens is quite touching. But I have a strong sentimental streak and it really doesn't take much to make me a little tear-y.
Library Lion by Michelle Knudson

Adele & Simon by Barbara McClintock
I actually went in because I saw this in the window. It looked so darn turn of the century and French it could not be resisted.
Adele & Simon by Barbara McClintock
 The story follows Adele & Simon through Paris after school as Simon loses just about everything he was supposed to take or wear home. How tiring for his big sister!
Adele & Simon by Barbara McClintock

The Very Fairy Princess by Julie Andrews & Emma Watson Hamilton

 I had to get her a princess book and then I saw this one by Julie Andrews and her daughter. It's about finding your inner sparkle. And that's nice.
The Very Fairy Princess by Julie Andrews & Emma Watson Hamilton
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