The Classroom Bookshelf
July 18, 2022 by Betsy Bird
Today's title comes to us via The Big Red Book of Beginner Books, and it truly lives up to expectations. I promised Kate we'd do a goofy book. I may have actually overdelivered.
September 21, 2020 by Betsy Bird
This week, Kate delves real deep into the marital status of dear Mr. and Mrs. Bird here (including Mr. Bird's "extracurricular activities", if you get my gist). We discuss how this is like a "very small version of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds" (their reign of terror is swift and tiny). We wonder about color layering, and we get to sing the "Toldja So" song.
June 1, 2020 by Betsy Bird
On this week's episode Kate and I tackle whether or not "Helen Palmer" was or was not Dr. Seuss, we delve into what kind of reputation Mr. Carp must have in this town, and now we have to research when fluoride entered the drinking water and when chlorine entered the public pools. It's important!
August 5, 2019 by Betsy Bird
I'd been meaning to do this, Eastman's third most famous easy book, and the first one he ever did on his own, for a while. Now, for years I've believed that Eastman has illustrated "night" better than most artists. After this recording I feel justified in having felt this way.
March 12, 2018 by Betsy Bird
Today marks a first. A first time that I have discovered that I’ve been mispronouncing the title of a popular children’s book for years and years and years. You might ask yourself, “How the heck do you mispronounce P.D. Eastman’s most classic book?” It’s all in the punctuation. In fact, I doubt anyone has ever […]
August 14, 2017 by Betsy Bird
Sometimes in the course of running through the classics Kate and I are in danger of looking at books for kids with too clinical an eye. For example, I might easily forget that Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman is, at its core, a very sad little book. Fortunately Kate’s there to remind me, […]
November 23, 2012 by Betsy Bird
Hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving yesterday! I had family in town, including my niece and brother-in-law. Steve, the bro-in-law in question, has a kind of genius for synthesizing down P.D. Eastman books to their most essential lessons. He’s always objected to Are You My Mother? on the basis that this baby bird is […]
June 5, 2012 by Betsy Bird
#28 Go, Dog, Go! by P.D. Eastman (1961) 56 points My just-turned 6-year old read this to me in it’s entirety last week! First book ever she read all the way through. What a terrific book! – Angela Gillette This one is a masterpiece of humor, wordplay, and just plain words. But mostly it’s a […]
May 29, 2012 by Betsy Bird
#45 Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman (1960) 39 points I am such a big fan of the truly excellent easy reader. This is another one that blows you away with its perfect simplicity. – Amy M. Weir This has everything. Different animals. A car, a plane. And all the drama and emotion of […]
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