Morning, y'all! I wanted to stop in here, before the month completely got away from me, to share my pick for this month's For the Love of Books post. In light of my hubby and oldest just getting back from Mexico, I thought it would be fun to choose a book depicting a little Mexican culture and tradition. I didn't have to look far, as this playful number has graced our home library shelves for a number of years now. It is written, by Pam Munoz Ryan, for children ages four to eight and cleverly illustrated by Joe Cepeda.
Mice and Beans, "Rosa Maria lived in a tiny house with a tiny yard. But she had a big heart, a big family, and more than anything, she loved to cook big meals for them. In one week, her youngest grandchild would be seven years old, and the whole family would squeeze into her casita for the party. Rosa Maria didn't mind because she believed what her mother had always said: 'When there's room in the heart, there's room in the house, except for a mouse.'" From planning the menu and ordering the gift to simmering the beans and picking up the cake, Rosa Maria made her party preparations. But every day, she mistakenly misplaced things crucial to her success; and every evening, the mouse trap, that she thought she had set the day before, disappeared. "No importa," she said and proceeded to casually correct her mistakes and set another trap before going to bed. When the day of the party arrived, she was sure she had forgotten something again but doesn't remember that she failed to fill the pinata, until it spilled sweet treats all over the yard. "I must've filled it without even realizing! She laughed at her own forgetfulness." Then, when she was cleaning up after the party, something caught her eye near a hole in her cupboard wall. "Maybe I didn't fill the pinata. Could I have had help?," she asked, as she looked at the leftovers. "Too much for one person. And what was it her mother had always said? 'When there's room in the heart, there's room in the house... even for a mouse.'"
I promise to have something a little more crafty, for you all, before the end of the week. Until then, thanks so much for stopping by, and have a terrific Tuesday, friends!