Pink :: You beat me to it!
I laughed out loud at your spring books post...I was writing a post in my head of the very same topic! (I write A LOT of posts in my head, do you?) Part of my decorating for the seasons and holidays is always books. It makes me smile when we pull out a book and Little Think says, "I remember that one!!" like it is the best thing ever.
My personal favorite "Spring Book" is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I reread it every Spring. I don't think there is a better book for making you notice the little things happening around you as the world comes alive. Very inspiring on many levels. And after I read it I just want to get my hands down in some dirt!
I love this copy of the book because it is small enough to tuck in my purse so I read it whenever I'm waiting for things while I'm out and about. It was a series of classics from Barnes & Noble years ago. I was so sad when they stopped making them. They didn't take up much shelf space and they were cheap. I love having a book with me all the time. I get excited when I have to wait at the dentist office because I get to read without guilt.
We especially love the illustration by Margarie Flack on page 8 of all the 21 baby bunnies in the bassinet. The cuteness of those bunny bundles is almost more that I can take.
Another one we read is How Fletcher was Hatched! by Wende and Harry Devlin. It's a story of a dog who feela like his owner, a little girl named Alexandra, doesn't love him as much as the cute little chicks that have just hatched. So his friends Otter and Beaver make him an egg to hatch out of. Would be great for an older sibling dealing with a cute younger sibling as well.
Did you have any scratch and sniff books when you were growing up? I had Golden Books The Sweet Smell of Christmas. I can still smell the hot chocolate smell in that book. Now we have Little Bunny Follows His Nose. Its about a little bunny who can't find anything to do so his mother tells him to "follow his nose". Little Think likes the pickle page best. We only get it out this time of year to try and "preserve" the smells.
Another one that is hard to find these days is The Adventures of Peter Cottontail by Thornton W. Burgess. This is not the Beatrice Potter Peter. (I love, love, love those) This is one of a series of books about different animals written in 1914. My father read them when he was young and then he read them to me growing up at bedtime. They are sweet and slow moving. Full of words, ideals and sentiments not used much today. I think they are great books to start reading aloud to younger children with.
They repeat themselves alot so the story is easy to follow espeically since it takes several nights to read. There are books for Reddy Fox, Sammy Jay, Uncle Billy Possom, Johnny Chuck, etc. We made puppets to act out scenes from the book. They are maybe not for everyone but we love them.
We have to do this more often. I love books so much!
Bookstore bound :: Think