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#AtoZChallenge: G – The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

I love reading the Grouchy Ladybug!

I love reading the ladybug’s voice in a grouchy tone and watching the listener’s reactions to that voice.

Their brows furrow, their little faces frown.

and then when we say…

Hey you, wanna fight?

I love how all the littles say “that’s not nice to fight!”

Thank you, Eric Carle, for this whale of a tale!


Monday March Madness Bracket

Like everyone else, PammyPam likes to have fun and play games. I know very little about sports, but that doesn’t mean I wanna be left out of the festivities!

That said, I have created my own March Madness bracket: Unconventional Librarian style

Unconventional Librarian Bracket

You’ll notice my bracket is incomplete. That’s because I’m having trouble narrowing down the possibly winner. To be sure, I understand statistics and probabilities but that doesn’t make the choice any easier.

Let’s examine the bracket, ok?

You’ll see I have some good authors pitted against each other.  YA and children’s authors mixed in; some dead, some not.  The author death bears little weight  on their standing, as you can see, because Keats (that’s Ezra Jack) died over two decades ago but is IN THE LEAD against Jerry Spinelli and Avi.

How is that possible? Well, it’s kind of like Moneyball.  I call it Moneybooks (chuckle).  When determining what authors should move up, I looked at not only the number of books published but also the reach of the novels under her belt.  Take Louisa May Alcott.  Good author.  Dead lots of years.  But as of now and probably for eternity her books will remain timeless.  Natalie Babbitt, great storyteller, but hasn’t reached that status yet.  And since she’s still alive, there is still time for her to compete in years to come.

Same kind of consideration on the other side.  Spinelli against Avi.  Avi’s good. Spinelli’s good. Spinelli speaks to the John Q Kid in all of us. Everykid, if you will, that perhaps Margaret Wise Brown does not.

Looking over the bracket, I’ve noticed it’s YA against Early Childhood.  Who will win? Who has the most staying power?

Who should be my final TWO?  HELP!

Tell me what your thoughts are.



Kohl’s, Eric Carle, and the Littles

When reading to the littles, I always try to include at least one Eric Carle book.  My personal favorite is The Grouchy Ladybug because even the youngest child can see that fighting is wrong. Plus I love doing the ladybug’s voice.

Whenever I shop for used books, I always try to find an Eric Carle book to add to my collection.  New, hardback books can be so expensive, especially on a teacher’s budget.  As an ECE teacher, it is helpful to have several copies of the same book because:

  • littles don’t share well
  • littles can’t wait for their turn
  • much loved books fall apart

I was excited one day to be in Kohl‘s and to discover that they had Eric Carle’s books on sale!  I’ve heard that they often participate in these types of sales but I’d yet to experience one.   The sale included several Eric Carle titles and a coordinating stuffed animal to accompany the book. Each item was only $5! I quickly grabbed two books missing from my collection.  They were:

10 Little Rubber Ducks

    and Does a Kangaroo have a Mother, Too? Isn’t that kangaroo cute? Yes, it is, in fact, SO cute, that they did not have any left. I did grab a cute lion.

I was still excited to buy two books worth over $20 each for five bucks!

Brand new!


Have you gotten a good deal lately?