Friday, December 19, 2014

Cybils Review 11/15/14

This has to be one of the loveliest books I have ever read.  

My daughter and I read over this book a few times and we really loved the story line and sweet illustrations.  Reading the descriptions of the weather and animals really made us feel that we were right there sitting in the tree with her.

One of the first things my daughter asked when we put it down was if she, too, could get a nature notebook and spend time in the woods.  How could I say no to that request?

This lovely book is about a girl that heads off into the woods to watch and wait for Winter.  Each time she goes back she sees something different.  She draws in her notebook and uses her binoculars to keep still, watch and wait.

This was a wonderful read and one that will be joining our library shelves.

Another book we really enjoyed was this one about Bear and Mouse taking a trip to the library.  My little ones could really relate to his frustration over having to be quiet.  I find myself saying shhhhh..... many times to the Littles when we go the library.  But, I understand it is hard not to be excited when surrounded by so many fun things.  

After much persuasion Mouse convinces Bear to go the library with him.  Once there he is a bit disagreeable, but soon hears the librarian reading a storybook.  It's not long until she convinces him to join her.  In the end Bear and Mouse go home loaded down with books.  The last illustration is Bear cozied up by the fire with a book about pickles, which he loves very much.

This was also a hit with the children.  I would like to look up the other books in this series.

These two titles were but two from a long list of books nominated for the Cyblis Awards.  I am linking up with Amy from Hope Is The Word.  She is hosting a fun challenge to read as many books on the list and then blog about them.  

The Armchair Cyblis is a fun way to get involved with and learn about children's literature.  I didnt get very far, but enjoyed the few titles I read.  The next review post will be December 15, so stop back to recieve more fun books to read and share.

This post may be linked up to one or more link-ups and blog hops.


  1. Excellent! The Bear and Mouse books are some of our favorites. The book about Winter looks like the perfect accompaniment for nature study!
    I'm so glad you're participating in Armchair Cybils!

    1. Thanks, Amy! Heading to the library tomorrow to pick up a few more books.

  2. Oooh, that first one looks great. I love Jim LaMarche's The Raft. That one's going on my library list. Thanks for the reviews!

  3. Both books sound darling! I especially like the illustrations on the first one. Reading together is our favorite family activity... Thank you Channon for taking the time to link up your wonderful posts on the Art of Home-Making Mondays. You have been a blessing to us :)

    1. Thank you, JES, for your kind words. They really mean a lot, and I appreciate your sweet spirit and kindness :)