Week 35: Finally, Friday!!

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend! Here is a late Friday post.

Highlights:

Last weekend, we went to the Brookside Art Annual and also checked out a couple of places we have been meaning to visit, Foo’s Frozen Custard and the Reading Reptile. The girls loved the Reading Reptile, it’s now the coolest bookstore ever, said Xavi. More on this place later. And then we decided to have a random Cinco de Mayo BBQ at the park with friends.

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*Apparently there is not a flavor that they do not have at Foo’s.*

The big girls are gearing up for end of school year activities such as finals testing and field day. This year went by so fast, I can’t believe that the school year is over in two weeks. Xavi finally finished make-up testing and she is too relieved.

I went to the girls’ Book Fair with them at school because some kids were stealing books, so parental supervision was required. Kids stealing book. Really. They were having a buy one, get one free sale and apparently it was a must.

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Xavi has picked up her reading time quite a bit, maybe she is prepping for when she get her eye glasses. She tells me that she likes fantasy and magic books a lot. She was too excited when we picked out her eyeglasses this week and she couldn’t understand why she had to wait 2 weeks to take them home.

Aspen:

Aspen has a new phrase that is gonna get her in trouble more often than not: “I was talking to Daddy not you Mommy”….Excuse me?

She uses this phrase a lot when she wants something and I or someone else tells her no.

Also, she told me that she is going to be Aspen the First like Sophia the First. So she said that she will need a pink crown with a pink dress with pink stripes. Eww and Gross, says me. Pink. I told her, her dad will make it happen.

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Her birthday is slowly creeping up, so I have started asking her what she wants for her birthday party and these seem to be the constant requests: A pink Bubble Guppies pinata and pink balloons and pink cake and Lightning McQueen and Frozen and Woody plates….? And a plate for Bambi(her current favorite stuffed animal deer)

I will have to narrow it down later.

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Hidden by Helen Frost

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About/Review: Wren is an 8 year old girl, who becomes friends with Darra in a weird way. Darra’s dad steals Wren’s mom’s car with her in it, drives it to his house, and kidnaps Wren without knowing. Wren becomes captured in Darra’s garage, and Darra realizes that there is a girl in the stolen car. Wren and Darra become friends without ever seeing other, and Darra does nice things for Wren, like leaving her food. Wren escapes after a while with the help of Darra’s cat.

This part of the book was had lots of suspense and got my attention right away. I couldn’t put the book down as soon as Wren got kidnapped by Darra’s dad. I also like how the author had animal characters that were very important to the story, like Archie, the cat.

Years and years go by, Wren and Darra are now 14. Wren and Darra meet each other in a summer camp. At first they don’t talk to each other, then they found out they are in the same cabin. Wren notices that Darra is treated differently because she is poor. So, after a while, they become friends, they talk about what happened back in Darra’s garage, and at the end Darra introduces Wren to her mother.

I liked this part because I wanted to know how Wren and Darra felt about what happened and about each other. I liked how Wren forgave Darra’s dad and I liked how Darra forgave Wren for all of the bad things that she created for her family, like getting her dad sent to prison. I didn’t like how Darra’s went prison, cause he was just trying to get money for his family and no one accepted him. But, I didn’t like how he hit his wife and Darra. This book was very interesting and I like how it was written from Wren and Darra’s sides.

Favorite Character: Wren, because she sees the best in people.

Favorite Theme: Lend a helping, Friendship, Forgiveness, Love

Favorite Part: When Darra introduces Wren to her mom.

Least Favorite/Dislike: When Darra’s dad hit his wife and Darra.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

PS: Bluefish was boring and I didn’t like it, so I took it back to the library, and read this one instead. Sorry, mom.

Next on the Shelf:

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Leaving Emma by Nancy Steele Brokaw

Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris

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About and Review: Christian is a boy who was raised by a troll in a forest. He grows up inventing things and ways to make life easier for him and his, “dad”. One of his inventions is p-mail, pigeon mail(this was awesome!). He teaches two pigeons to go back and forth carrying messages. He also grows up adoring Princess Marigold, who lives in the castle.

As time goes by, Christian gets a job at the castle and he finds out that Marigold has a “special” gift. The only people that she can touch are her father, King Swiftbird, and Christian himself, because they like each other and they have been p-mailing for a long time. This was sad and good at the same time because Marigold couldn’t “touch” too many people.

Further down the book, Marigold’s evil mom wants to take over the kingdom and is slowly poisoning King Swiftbird(but he figures it out and stops drinking the poison drink) and plots to get rid of Marigold by marrying her off to, Mangus. Marigold finds out about the Queen’s plans and asks Christian for help. Christian saves Marigold from the evil wedding and they get rid of Mangus and Olympia, the evil queen/mom. There were lots of action and adventures on this part and the characters gothrough lots of challenges with the Queen and with themselves.

Afterwards, Christian and Marigold have a wedding of their own, but not before the Olympia comes out of nowhere and interrupts the ceremony, but only to get chased by five dogs and fall off of the terrace into a river. But all they found of her was a shoe. Is this the end of Olympia…..? I don’t know…..(there’s a second book and I am excited about it).

In the end, Christian finds out that he is a long lost prince and an heir to his own kingdom, he marries Marigold, and they live in Christian’s castle. Yes! I love awesome endings.

The best part about this book are the awesome details about Christian and Marigold’s lives in the forest and in the castle. I also loved that the book has a few great twists at the end that I tried to keep from sharing, except for the one about Christian. I really like how Marigold and Christian fall in love even though Christian is poor and Marigold is rich, and Marigold has a “gift” or curse. Marigold also has to deal with people who judged her because of her gift and that she can’t really touch anyone because of it. The saddest part is when Marigold touches her mom and she finds out how she really feels about her, it was realy, really sad. Over all, this book has lots of fantasy and love story elements that I love to read about.

Favorite Character: Marigold, because everyone was afraid of her and her “gift”.

Favorite Theme: “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” and “Good wins over Evil” and “Trust”.

Favorite Part: When Marigold stands up to Olympia, the evil Queen, about a dress.

Least Favorite Part/Dislikes: NOTHING.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars!! I loved this book! 🙂

Recommended Age: 9-12

Next on the shelf:

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Bluefish by Pat Schmatz