Friday, July 31, 2015

Book Report || July 2015

 Living Well Spending Less
This was a quick read with lots of helpful tips on how to save money.  Really a memoir of Ruth Soukup experience with learning to spend less and how it truly makes for a joyful life.

I think I enjoyed this sequel better then the first and am excited to read the next books in the series. 

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Love it!  Such an amazing, inspirational story.  I still haven't seen the movie, so am excited to watch it. 

The Green Ember by S. D. Smith
I so enjoyed reading this to my children.  It reminded me a bit of Watership Down and The Rats of Nimh.

I gave up on Outlander. I read about half of it and just wasn't into the story and it had a few questionable scenes between the two main characters. I do wander what all the fuss was about, so many people loved this story.  I might pick it up again, should I stick with it?

Started The Miniaturist and Shadow Puppets.  Planning to start The Mysterious Benedict Society with my little ones.

You can read my other book reports here.

Also, my 2015 Booklist here.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Busy Days, Stitching Away

Our days have been busy.  We have been in the midst of moving and birthdays and cleaning and eating out and trips back and forth.  Crazy, busy, messy days.  But progress is moving forward and can sometimes be a bit messy and chaotic.  Right now I'm pausing for a moment to sit down and post some photos of the last few weeks.  These images are such a reminder to me of all the fun times we have had together during this busy time.  Love these people I call family.  I have also been stitching away during the midst of packing and chaos.  Stitching calms me and brings me clarity.  I've known that but have realized it more and more during this time of life.   So much to be learned about oneself during these times of life.  Okay, back to work.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Fairy Tale Project || Pinocchio

We read Pinocchio a few years ago and throughly enjoyed it.  Carlo Collodi wrote the original chapter book and it is such a different version then the movie.  Pinocchio is truly a very naughty boy that must learn repeatedly from his many selfish mistakes.  As we read the many picture book versions of the tale, the theme of a naughty boy having to learn to be good was illustrated in each tale. 

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi 
The original chapter book.

Pinocchio by Kate McMullan
This was a simple chapter book version of the story.

Pinocchio by Katie Daynes
A beautiful retelling of the story with wonderful illustrations.  One of my favorite versions.

Pinocchio by Roberto Piumini
This is a fun and whimsical retelling of this classic tale.  In this version of Pinocchio the illustrations are bright and colorful and draw you into the story.  Both the author and the illustrator and from Italy and have a variety of fairy tale titles that they have created together.

Pinocchio by Lane Smith
This is a modern telling of what happened after Pinocchio was turned into a real boy.  You can tell that the author and designer Molly Leach had a lot of fun creating this book.  It begins with the words, "Last week, in a nutshell."  Such a fun take on what happened after.

Pinocchio by Carolyn Magner
Such fun, detailed illustrations in this tale.

Pinocchio by Jan Car
This version was adapted from a screenplay of the story.

Pinocchio illustrated by Fulvio Testa
This is a fun version of the tale with lovely illustrations.

Pinocchio by C. Collodi
This picture book is rich with text from the original story, with plenty of text on each page.  The illustrations are beautiful and a bit dark at times.

Pinocchio by Lucy Kincaid
This is a simple retelling of the tale, a now you can read version of the story, with vivid illustrations.

Check out our other Fairy Tale post below.

January ||  Cinderella
February || Beauty and the Beast
March || Rumpelstiltskin
April ||  The Frog Prince
May ||  Pinocchio
June ||  Sleeping Beauty
July ||  Hansel and Gretel
August ||  Snow White
September ||  Rapunzel
October ||  Little Red Riding Hood
November ||  Jack and the Beanstock
December ||  Godilocks and the Three Bears

Monday, July 13, 2015

Celebrating Our Freedom

We headed to Rockaway Beach for the 4th this year for the parade and for some much needed beach time.  We came home and put our babe to bed and enjoyed the evening fireworks from the comfort of our front yard.  Such a great day.