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March 5, 2012

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss hit the movie theaters this weekend! It makes me so happy to see books made into productions for the big screen! BUT…Diego refuses to go the movies (a mother from Diego’s school taught me to embrace all of Diego’s peculiar decisions…more on that on another post)!!! There must have been conversations at school last week about The Lorax and the movies because Diego was all over it…except he didn’t want to go see the movie so we went to the bookstore instead.

I must admit, yesterday was the first time I ever read The Lorax. I had to try not to cry at the end of this heartfelt, eco-conscious tale of big business and it’s industrial greed destroying the Truffula trees and their environment. I think it was a good time to introduce to Diego because he really understood the message. We left Barnes and Noble with him saying he would like to go see the movie now. Ha! I love it…read the book first!!! He’s learning!!!!!!!

After we read a few of Dr. Seuss’ classics, Jose read to both boys and I took a little trip down memory lane and visited the Berenstain Bears rack. Co-creator of the books, Jan Berenstain, died over a week ago and I while hearing of this sad news I remembered how much I loved these books as a young girl. I thought it was a good time to introduce them to Diego and picked out three “lesson books” (as he calls them) that would help me talk to Diego about a few things I wanted to bring up…exactly what these books were written for. Stan and Jan Berenstain helped many families address common concerns such as manners, strangers, bringing a new baby home and guided both children and parents with these issues. For $3.99 each, I bought these three and will definitely be going back for more. Oh and we also bought The Lorax and Green Eggs and Ham.
Tell me, did you see The Lorax this weekend? And what are your favorite Berenstain Bear books?

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  • Reply Maria Gabriela Fernandez March 5, 2012 at 11:13 am

    My 4 1/2 year old is an avid movie goer (she has been since the age of 2 1/2) and on Saturday we saw The Lorax. She loved it, and so did I. We didn’t read the book before hand, but she did watch the original Lorax … from circa 1976. She loved that as well. My daughter is very inquisitive so there were alot of questions after and I also took this as an opportunity to teach her about the importance of trees and wildlife in general. I love when you can have fun and incorporate a life lesson all in one.
    On a side note, I took some of your pointers and on Friday we went to Barnes and Noble so she could pick out two new books. The rule was that 1 was in English and the other HAD to be in Spanish. I look forward to reading both Dr Seuss books to her tonight. Gracias!

  • Betty
    Reply Betty March 5, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Yay Maria and yay to your little girl! Nothing is a coincidence…everything around you can be a teachable moment! xoxo

  • Reply Yvette S March 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I remember the Berenstein Bear books. It also brought back memories if my childhood. In the summer time living on 26th st my brother and I would walk or take the bus to the Chicago Public Library on Pulaski and spend hours in there. I remember also going to the Cicero Public Library with your brother and you. Loved all The Sweet Valley and Babysitters Club books! Thanks for the wonderful trip down memory lane.

  • Betty
    Reply Betty March 6, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Awww! See if you can find some for Lia! xoxo

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