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Fables, blisters and stone soup! Friday 8-28-2015

Can a children's book REALLY help adults too?
Aesop’s Fables Retold & Illustrated by Brad Sneed
“Flattery is not to be trusted.”
“No act of mercy, however small, is ever wasted.”
“We do not often appreciate the plain and practical.”
These are three of the life lessons out of the fifteen beautifully illustrated retellings of Aesop’s fables!
If you are not familiar with these treasures, go read this book. If you are, YOU WILL LOVE IT ANYWAY!
Most of the fables are a couple paragraphs in length. You will enjoy reading them for yourself. Your child will love them too. I guarantee you there will be plenty to talk about after.
This Weeks's Fav!
Rachel Fister's Blister by Amy MacDonald
Illustrations by Marjorie Ariceman
“Rachel Fister found a blister
on her little left-hand toe.
Just a tiny little blister, but she thought
her mom should know.
Mrs. Fister saw the blister on poor Rachel’s little toe.
Sent for Mister Harvey Fister,
for she thought he ought to know.”
The rhyming and drama continues from there as they travel far and wide to assist her with her blister! This book will bring a smile every time it is read. Especially nice if the child has a cut or sore somewhere that needs attention! Who doesn’t ?
Creative Interactions
Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
I have always loved how cunning the hungry soldiers were in this story! What a fun story to read together. It is a classic! The activity is a no brainer! Make Stone Soup! Your child will have a great time with you AND you will have lunch/dinner ready!
You will probably want to prepare all your vegetables beforehand. If you are doing this activity in a group, Send a note home to parents to ask children to bring an item. Here is the recipe:
1 large soup pot (or crock pot)
6 c. water
1 lg. gray stone from yard (scrubbed clean)
3 large carrots, diced
4 stalks celery, diced
1 (16 oz.) can of diced tomatoes
2 chopped onions
6 beef bouillon cubes (or equivalent)
1 cup of cooked beef (if you have some leftover in the fridge-but this is optional)
3 lg. potatoes, diced
1 c. chopped cabbage
1 1/2 tsp. salt
Pepper to taste
Scrub and chop all vegetables. Place water in the pot. Put clean stone in pot. Add all ingredients. Bring to a boil than reduce to a simmer and cook for 1 hour or until vegetables are tender. If using a crock pot set it on the quickest setting. NEVER FORGET THE STONE :) Your child will always agree that the soup tastes better when you remember the stone! ENJOY!
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