Three Books of the Week: Inspire and Encourage

Aug 28, 2017 | Kids Books | 0 comments

I love it when I have a theme week by total accident!  This week I focused on these books that all had the same message:  dreaming big, daring to dream the impossible, and finding the courage to follow your heart.

I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Moo Moo in a Tutu

by Tim Miller

Children's Books - Moo Moo in a Tutu by Tim Miller

This is the first in what I hope is a series of books about Moo Moo & Mr. Quackers:  a cow and a duck who are friends.

In this book, Moo Moo decides she wants to become a ballerina.

Mr. Quackers is worried she has never done ballet before but Moo Moo insists she is a quick learner (while crashing into her table).  After whipping up a tutu, the two head to see the ballet.  Well, Mr. Quackers goes to see the ballet while Moo Moo sneaks backstage and joins the other ballerinas from the wings. Things are going pretty good until she leaps too high and goes crashing into the orchestra pit.

What did we learn?

To follow your dreams no matter what the odds are.  If you believe in yourself anything can happen (although you still might fail terribly).  And when/if you fail, just get back up and try . . . . something else.

Why I like it:

There is a cow in a tutu.  Enough said.

Caterpillar Dreams

by Clive McFarland

Children's Books - Caterpilliar Dreams by Clive McFarland

Henri is a little caterpillar who has a dream .  An amazing, incredible, impossible-seeming dream.

He wants to go on a big adventure but must leave the safety of his garden. With the help of friends like the robin, the mole and the fish – he manages to fly over the fence, go under the road and cross the big lake.  What he finds on the other side is truly magical:  a hot air balloon.  This is the key to his big adventure but before he fly in the balloon, a cocoon suddenly surrounds him and he is lulled into a deep sleep.  When he wakes up, he discovers something truly amazing:  he is now a butterfly and can fly anywhere he likes!

The first place he goes? Back home of course.

What did we learn?

We learned that with some determination, gumption and help from friends you can make your dreams come true.  We also learned that caterpillars turn into butterflies.

Why I like it

I’m all about following your dreams and this book is a sweet reminder that even the impossible is possible. Also anything with a hot air balloon is awesome.

Morris Mole

by Dan Yaccarino

Children's Books - Morris Mole by Dan Yaccarino

Morris is a mole who lives underground with his many brothers.  But he is a bit different from his brothers who dig all day.  He wears a suit, reads in bed, and is the smallest by far.  When they run out of food, Morris knows the solution is to go up, not down like his brothers believe. No one will listen to him so he must dig deep within himself and find the courage to go alone.

When he pops up on the surface he discovers a beautiful world full of flowers and colours and plentiful, delicious food.  As he comes face to face with a big fox, his life is in danger until he rescues the fox in the best way he knows how: digging!  With the fox on his side and all the other garden creatures wanting to help, Morris delivers a feast to his brothers that they have never seen.

Morris may be small, but he can do big things.

What did we learn?

That no matter how small you are, you are capable of doing big things.

Why I like it

George is small and often afraid of trying new things so this is a fun way to show him that he can always find courage deep within and accomplish big goals.

This turned out to be ‘following your dreams’ and ‘doing great things’ week! Maybe a reminder to myself too? Sometimes us mamas focus so much on our kids, that we forget ourselves and our own goals. These books reminded me that it’s always possible to follow your dreams.

Happy Reading,

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