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Sunday
Apr202014

Story Time

Wabi-Sabi Print Give Away Winners Announced


I shared this book for Friday Finds. A gift in the mail from my friend Cheryl. The story of a young girl and her box of magical yarn transforms a community....Truly inspired.

This got me to thinking of storytime with our boys.....

I loved laying on our bed.... one on each side.... they were so content to snuggle up and listen.....no matter how many times we read the same story.....they were right there...in the moment...soaking it up.

One of their favourtie stories was Bruce Moose and the What-Ifs....

I remembered the premise of the story, but I couldn't remember the details....the title... just the concept of worry and what-ifs....

John and Bryce were in the kitchen so I asked John do you remember that What-If storybook we used to read the boys?..... and Bryce chimes in Bruce the Moose...I loved that book...... such a good story.

Oh my gosh...he's 22 and he still remembers that! Isn't that fantastic.....Now that speaks to the power of a good story.

This lead me to thinking .... how different things are today. There are so many distractions in our lives.... technology is everywhere....Heck, I'm never without my iPhone. I'm rarely shut-off. It must be difficult for parents to 'shut-off' and simply read storybooks...

But what a gift it is.... quiet, conectedness, peace.... Transformative....

Thank you for this trip down memory lane Cheryl..... Here's to snuggles and stories and quiet moments....

I'd love to hear about a favourite storybook in your family..... 

xo,

p.s. The winners of my Friday Finds....little print give away are:
Jill Ruskamp, Marilyn Gallas and Sharon Baker. Please email me your address. I will have the prints ready to mail in a few days.... xo

Reader Comments (8)

Sweet memories Kim!! Years ago I taught Kindergarten and story time was the best time for those five year olds. No matter the story they soaked it all in, and that was when they were the quietest....listening to every word. It was my favorite time as a "teacher" and I would observe their expressions and their relaxed poses. I could tell their minds were far off imagining the story setting. A favorite book for my two was "Frog and Toad Are Friends".

Congratulations to the lovely winners of your print art!
April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly
What fond memories you have generated! Really, my fondest memories with my girls (now 23 and 24) are of reading with them. They LOVED books, and are both avid readers. We have saved boxes of their kid-books - likely their most-treasured mementos.

With a new grandson due shortly, I am so excited to know that the tradition will continue. :)

xoxo
April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCindy Swainson
I still have the three little pigs book that my late husband Clyde always read to the grandkids. He loved doing all the different voices for them and they asked for him to read every time they were over.
April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPat Mark
Reading is a habit that has been passed down for generations in our family, from my grandfather on down. My daughter and I have read out loud to my granddaughter since she was born. When I started being 'DotDot's Day Care' almost 2 and a half years ago, we began reading the Nancy Drew books out loud. We are on the 64th and final one. {The 'new' ones aren't as good so we're not doing those.} I hope she'll remember these times all her life. I think she will. I know I will. xoxo
April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDotti
I love what you have done with the book...so many lovely photo's and that book...I just loved the ending...Yes, I read to my "boys"...all the time. I know their Mom is busy and somedays it's hard to get it all done for her...but when my kids were little we read every night, just like you did...Chris's favorite books were by Richard Scary and Jenna loved The Bernstein Bears. Because I think reading is so important on so many levels...when I have the boys, we read, just like you did, all snuggled up...I love how engaged they become...well, Jaxson not so much yet...he just likes to turn the pages, but Liam is right there with the story...Barney, ABC 123 has been Liam's favorite for a very long time...a pop up book...how do I know reading works...Here's a story...the other night, I have the two of them in the car..."Liam is going on about the Easter Bunny"...when he is done, without missing a beat..he turns to his brother (20 months old) and says..."O.K. Jaxson your turn to tell a story...cracked me up...story time with the boys...the best.
April 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.
My two boys loved the Ladybird books ( in the UK ) about Thomas the Tank Engine. Even though they couldn't read yet, they knew ALL the words and knew if I tried to miss a page !. My own favorite was The Hungry Caterpillar ! Thanks for bringing back the memories :)
April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCaz
What a great story and even better you know you did good when you son remembers this. I fear kids will lose their love of reading in this new generation. I can't imagine life without books. Congrats to the winners of your prints!
April 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKelly kardos
I have fond memories of story time as a kid. And reading is a big part of our daily routine now. Soon I'll be snuggling up with a little boy on each side! We have two Jon Klassen books - I Want My Hat Back and This is Not My Hat and they are so fun to read.
Oddly, I never have trouble putting the phone away to read books. It's mostly when he wants to sit down and play with me one-on-one that I struggle to disconnect.
April 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaige B.

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