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Dear Readers,

Reading a book with a grandchild is one of life’s greatest pleasures!  At least it is in my life.  When Emily selects a book and asks “Mimi, will you read this to me?”, my heart sings.  I’m overwhelmed with love when she climbs into my lap and snuggles against me, ready for the story to begin.  The intimacy continues as we experience and enjoy the story together.

I have also found that some books are better written for and received by toddlers than others.  There are so many children’s books available that it is difficult to know what’s worthwhile and what isn’t.

My daughter-in-law introduced me to a book that is an excellent guide for choosing children’s books.  It is the “Read-Aloud Handbook” by Jim Trelease.  It contains a list of books called the “Treasury of Read-Alouds” which includes the title, author, number of pages, publisher, year published and the age group the book is suitable for.  A one paragraph synopsis of the story is also included.  This treasury categorizes the books into wordless books, predictable books, poetry and fairy and folk tales.

A predictable book is one in which a certain phrase or sentence is repeated enough as to become predictable for the young reader.  A good example is “The Very Busy Spider”  by Eric Carle.  The sentence “The spider didn’t answer.  She was very busy spinning her web”, appears on every other page.

The handbook gives answers to questions such as “What is the purpose of fairy tales?”, “Why do they want to read the same book over and over?”, “Won’t a video do my child as much good as a picture book?”, and when it’s obvious you’ve made a poor choice of a book, “Is it okay to abandon it or parts of it and move on?”.  The author’s answers utilize the results of various studies conducted on children and reading and his own personal experience.

Before purchasing books for Christmas gift-giving, why not check out this handbook for suitable ideas?  After all, reading aloud is a win-win situation for both the reader and the child being read to.  In addition, this activity creates loving memories that last a lifetime.

Keep smilin’!


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Dear Readers,

This recipe for a cold soup is easy and a great way to start a summer meal for family and friends.  I like it because it is inexpensive and contains no exotic ingredients.  There’s another added bonus – it’s low in fat and calories.  Hooray!  The source of the recipe is “Veggie Life Magazine”.

“Strawberry-Banana Soup

A soup where buttermilk really shines, keeping things from getting too sweet.

2 medium bananas, peeled and sliced

2 cups sliced strawberries

1/4 cup sugar, or to taste

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup lite sour cream

6 whole strawberries

In a food processor or blender, combine bananas, stawberries, sugar and lemon juice.  Process until smooth.

Transfer mixture to a large bowl and whisk in buttermilk and sour cream.  Serve chilled,  garnished with whole strawberries.

Makes 6 servings.  Each serving contains 117 calories and .5 grams of fat.”

Your toddler might also enjoy this soup.

Keep smilin’!

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Dear Readers,

I know quite a few mothers who are very interested in providing the healthiest food they can for their toddlers.  They want to make sure their toddlers form the best eating habits early.  It is with this thought in mind that I baked these cupcakes for my granddaughter’s first birthday.  They are extremely healthy and taste pretty darn good!

Oatmeal Cupcakes

1/2 cup applesauce

1/4 cup honey

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon baking powder

3 cups regular whole oats

1/2 cup fresh, dried or frozen fruit (I’ve used peaches, blueberries or pitted fresh cherries)

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine all ingredients; mixing well.  Place batter in foil baking cups in cupcake pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Makes 12 cupcakes.

These cupcakes taste a little like granola and can be frozen.  Put a birthday candle into each cupcake and you are all set for a healthy birthday treat for your toddler.

Keep smilin’!

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Dear Readers,

So many times we get caught up in the world’s measure of success.  Is my house big enough?  Is my car fast enough?  Is my paycheck large enough?  None of these things mean anything to the precious little ones in our lives.  They just want our love, our time and our guidance.

Read a poem by Martin Buxbaum in a “Dear Abby” column that sums up sucess very well.


You can use most any measure

When you’re speaking of success

You can measure it in fancy home,

Expensive car or dress.

But the measure of your real success

Is the one you cannot spend.

It’s the way your kids describe you

When they’re talking to a friend.”

Wise words!

Keep Smilin’!

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Toddler Tip

Dear Readers,

My daughter-in-law was grating carrots for a recipe and discovered that this was an interesting way to get her daughter to eat raw carrots.  So Mimi thought maybe apples and cheese could also be grated and given to a toddler for a variety in texture.  Give it a try; your toddler might think it’s a winner!

And speaking of toddlers, we gave our granddaughter a wooden pull toy the other day.  It’s a dog that’s tail wags and its head bobs up and down, when you pull it along.  The puppy also displays a cute little weeble-wobble walk.


Granddaughter had “Pop Pop” pull the toy and she trailed after.  The funny thing is she started to walk in a weeble-wobble fashion just like the puppy.  Wish I had a video camera to capture the moment.  Then Mimi started thinking what if the pull toy was a grasshopper, would she start hopping???


Keep smilin’!


PS:  Just learned that granddaughter is able to pull the toy by herself.

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