Leaf Trouble by Jonathan Emmett
I fell in love with the illustrations in this sweet book. Caroline Janye Church, the illustrator, used beautiful collages which perfectly matched the story. A little squirrel, Pip, experiences Autumn for the first time. He is extremely distressed when he notices that his beloved tree is falling apart. He enlists the help of his sister, Blossom, to help gather the fallen leaves and try to put them back on the tree. Mother squirrel explains the tree's resting cycle during Autumn and Winter. She assures Pip that leaves will return to the tree in the Spring. Pip compares the leaf cycle to the sunset - brilliantly colored before resting for a bit. Boogs and I both thought this was a sweet story. He loved how fiercely Pip tried to save his tree.
In the ELB lunchbox: almond butter & jelly Pip trying to catch and save the leaves. Leaves made of cheese, pineapple, strawberry, red/yellow/orange peppers, radish, and spinach leaves. Leaf cutouts on Babybel cheese and a tangerine. Zbar mini acorns. I linked this lunch to Bento Blog Network's leaf themed link-up.
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro
Boogs sang the text of this book to me. The old lady swallowed leaves, pumpkin, shirt, pants, and a rope. Eventually she sneezes out a familiar Fall sight. This book was a quick, fun read for Boogs.
In the Laptop Lunchbox: pb&j leaf sandwich, swiss & cheddar leaves, pb&j scarecrow, salad, and grapes.
Cows Can't Fly by David Milgrim
A young boy draws a picture of flying cows. Pretty soon he notices cows flying in the sky. He tries to get people to notice the flying cows but everyone is too busy looking down to look up. Near the end of the book, it looks like the boy might try to draw a flying dog next just to see what would happen. Boogs enjoyed this story. He thought he might like to draw his hamster floating in air to see if she would fly. Bummer, she didn't.
In the Laptop Lunchbox: nutella & pb flying cow and clouds, Pirate's Booty clouds, Babel cheese sun, dog pick in berries, and salad.
The Family Tree by David McPhail
A man clears land to build his house. He leaves one tree in the front yard. As generations of people live on the land, the tree remains in the yard. Eventually, a new highway threatens the tree. A little boy and his animal friends stand up to the highway planners. The planners alter the path of the highway to save the tree. This story has simple text and beautiful illustrations.
In the ELB lunchbox: Zbar tree trunk with kiwi foliage, popcorn clouds, Babybel sun, turkey, and broccoli. This lunch was very quick and easy to make. I have linked it to the 15 Minute Friday linky on Bentos on the Bayou.
Ant Cities by Arthur Dorros
Boogs wanted to read a non-fiction book instead of a fiction book to me. His class has been discussing fiction vs. non-fiction this week. This books is packed with interesting facts about ants. Boogs really liked learning about the different roles ants have and how much the ant hill functions as a community.
In the Laptop Lunchbox: two different kinds of ham & cheese ants, small raisin ants, large dried apricot ants, berry ant hill, popcorn, marshmallow (I forgot to draw an ant on it), and broccoli.
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