Happy Friday, friends! I hope that you've all had a great week and are gearing up for an even more fabulous weekend. This has been a tough week, emotionally, for me, as unresolved problems and frustrating relationships have gotten the best of me. I wish life was easier and everybody could just get along. Unfortunately, there's not much I can do about the said situations but pray. So, pray I will continue to do.
In the meantime, I'd like to share this month's For the Love of Books pick a little earlier than usual, as I've got a heap of projects coming down the pike and don't want it to get lost in the shuffle. It is written for children ages three to seven, but while I was teaching a fourth grade class, during my last year of college, we used this book to help spark excitement over our students telling stories of their summer vacation experiences. I thought it would be a fitting highlight for August, being as most the kiddos around my neck of the woods, including us, are back to school on Monday.
How I Spent My Summer Vacation, written and illustrated by Mark Teague, is the story of young Wallace Bleff's capture by wild cowboys on the way to spend summer vacation with his Aunt Fern. They decked him out in his own boots and hat and taught him to rope and ride. Wallace catches on quickly as word spreads of his fantastic handling abilities. When the roundup is through, Aunt Fern invites he and the cowboys over for a barbecue, where Wallace saves the day in one amazing demonstration of his true buckaroo skills.
One of my favorite parts of this book is the playful rhyme in which it is written, not to mention the stunning attention to detail, right down to the expressions on the animals' faces, in the illustrations. It's a winner, folks! Thanks so much for taking the time to read! Now, get out there and enjoy your weekends!