Friday, June 15, 2012

Lunches June 11th - 15th

Boogs' lunches are inspired by the books we read at bedtime the previous evening. Each night, Boogs reads one book to me and I read two books to him. I usually post his lunches once a week. Click on the "lunches" label at the end of this post to see lunches from previous weeks.

Alphabeasts by Wallace Edwards
This book has vibrant and detailed pictures of animals in different rooms of an old Victorian house. It was a winner of the Canadian Governor General's Literary Award. The animal matched the letter pictured on its page, but none of the other things on the page did. Boogs thought the pictures were interesting. He said, "The drawings of the animals are really neat to look at but I don't think this is a very good alphabet book." He mentioned liking one of our favorite alphabet books, Alphabetter, much more than this one. In the ELB lunchbox: I tried to make an alligator almond butter & jelly sandwich sitting on a fruit leather chair, cheese and cucumber A B C, cherries, salad, and yogurt.

Two Cool Cows by Toby Speed
This book plays off of the Hey Diddle Diddle Poem. It tells of the cows' journey to the moon and back. Boogs really enjoyed this book. There are lots of fun rhyming words and phrases that Boogs liked to repeat. In the lunchbox: pb&j cows with Nutella spots, Babybel full moon, candy star sprinkles, "wickedy thickety woods" broccoli, rolled up salami blanket for a picnic on the moon, raisins, and applesauce.

All the Places to Love by Patricia Maclachlan
We love to re-read this book again and again. The pictures are amazing. Boogs and I have often focused on one page and discussed what it reminds of from our own lives. This picture of the boy jumping from rock to rock across the river reminds me of spending time at my grandparents house when I was growing up. Boogs and I talked about the first time he went fishing with his daddy while we were camping along the St. Lawrence River. I have to include a picture of his first catch and his Halloween fishing costume. In the ELB lunchbox: Zbar river rocks, boiled egg fish, cheesestick fishing pole with fruit leather line, Goldfish cracker in yogurt pond, and summer berries.

2-years-old, 2008
First catch
Boogs wanted to be a fisherman
for Halloween 2008.

500 Things You Should Know About Animals by Miles Kelly 
 Boogs loves to learn facts about animals. We usually keep this book in daddy's car for Boogs to read while we are driving around. Boogs brought it inside so we could read the section on sharks at bedtime. This books has facts about many different kinds of animals, quizzes in various sections, and small art projects to go with certain animals. Boogs is going to make the Megalodon (extinct shark) mouth craft this week. In the ELB lunchbox: garlic toast shark chomping on lasagna "chum", some sharks camouflage into rocks (broccoli) and seaweed (spinach), blueberry ocean, and yogurt.

Sloths/Perezosos by Julie Guidone
Boogs wanted another fact lunch today. Last night we read about sloths in English and in Spanish. Boogs is fascinated with the fact that sloths spend most of their lives upside down. Unfortunately, Boogs pretended to be a sloth until he went to bed. It took him FOREVER to brush his teeth as slow as a sloth while turning his head upside down. Silly boy! In the ELB lunchbox: Ham & cheese sloth sandwich hanging out in pretzel tree branches. Sloths are slow because their diet of leaves (spinach) does not give them much energy. Dried papaya  sharp claw for holding onto tree branches and for protections against enemies. Sloths are good swimmers so I made a marshmallow sloth swimming in (blueberries) water. Tomatoes and yogurt complete this lunch. Boogs said it was "awesome". Hopefully, he will not eat it as slow as a sloth.

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  1. You've inspired me to make shark shaped sandwiches from now on.

    1. I love my cookie cutters for making shaped toast and sandwiches. I generally don't use them for making cookies.

  2. I need to put all of these book on my summer reading list. JDaniel would love them all.

    I love all the animals in your lunch! Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

  3. Those are great ideas. I've just come to realize my lunches are way too boring. No wonder my 2 year old won't eat. It's not fun. You are very creative and a inspiration.

  4. Om gosh I love it! How fun! Just wanted to invite you to stop by and link up your Children Book inspired post (New or Old) in our 6 Week Summer Reading Adventure
    Have a great week!

  5. Alphabeasts...Two Cool Cows...I love how I always find new books on your lunch posts!! These look like so much fun--thanks for linking up at Teach Me Tuesday!!

  6. How creative! I LOVE IT! I feel completely boring when it comes to my child's lunches now! LOL! No, the fact of the matter is that I really feel inspired. How cool are you! Thanks for visiting the Weekly Kids' Co-op!

  7. Thank you for all of the kind comments!!!

  8. I love how you've themed the lunches around the books - such great connections being made! Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Showcase. :)

  9. I always love seeing the books you are reading and the creative lunches connected to them. I just put in requests at our local library for a couple of the books. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  10. How fun! Just wanted to invite you to stop by and link up your Children Book inspired post (New or Old) in our 6 Week Summer Reading Adventure
    Have a great week!