Friday, September 14, 2012

Lunches Sept. 10th - 14th

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 a book or a chapter of a book 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.

I Am A Pencil by Linda Hayward
This book describes the process of manufacturing a pencil - from a quarry of rock with graphite in them to distributing the pencils to writers in an elementary classroom. Boogs was very interested in learning the steps it took to create a pencil. We sometimes watch How It's Made on the Discovery Channel. Boogs said this book reminded him a little bit of that show. In the ELB lunchbox: ham & cheese pencil sandwich, dried mango for the yellow pencil paint, pumpkin seeds for wood chips, blackberry rocks with graphite, and a salad. Boogs asked why I did not use carrots carved like pencils for his veggie today. That would have been a good idea.

Tracks of A Panda by Nick Dowson
This book tells the story of a mother panda bear taking care of her cub. She has to be resourceful to get enough food to eat and to protect herself and her cub from predators and people. Along with the story, Nick Dowson wrote fact boxes on each page. Boogs was surprised that pandas ate other things besides bamboo. Sometimes they eat insects, fish, or meat. There is an index at the back of this book. Boogs enjoyed using the index to re-explore the topics he was most interested in. In the ELB lunchbox: Nutella & almond butter panda sandwich, boiled egg panda bear, bits of beef jerky, spinach "bamboo" leaves, and strawberries.

Sivu's Six Wishes by Jude Daly
Sivu is a stonemason. He becomes disgruntled by his lack of power and jealous of a wealthy business man. Sivu wishes to be the businessman and then mysteriously his wish is granted. Sivu soon becomes dissatisfied with the amount of power he has as a businessman. He wishes to become mayor, then the sun, then the rain, then the wind, until finally he feels he is the most powerful thing on earth... an enormous rock that even the wind cannot move. The story comes full circle when rock Sivu realizes that a stonemason has power over him. Boogs said, "He is just never satisfied with what he has. That is going to make him miserable forever." Well said, little man. In the ELB lunchbox: pb&j sandwich underneath Sivu the sun cheese, marshmallow carving, green broccoli fields before Sivu the sun beats down upon them, and dried up mango fields. 

Buzz! A Book About Insects by Melvin Berger
This is an easy reader filled with facts about insect senses, life cycles, migration and hibernation. It features flies, bees, butterflies, wasps, caterpillars, dung beetles, and several other insects. Boogs read a little bit of this book to me, it is slightly above his reading level, and I read the rest to him. The next morning, Boogs asked for a life cycle lunch. In the Laptop lunchbox: boiled egg, pb&j larva, marshmallow pupa, two adult pb&j butterflies, walking stick pretzels, spinach leaves for insect food, and blueberry dung balls for the dung beetle (hee hee). After school, Boogs told me he ate everything in his lunch except for a wee bit of the larva.

Look At The Size of That Long-Legged Ploot! by Scott E. Sutton
We have a wonderful public library. Throughout the summer, the library brings in many amazing guest speakers/performers for the kids. Boogs loved the week that Scott Sutton came by and presented his "Learn to Draw with Scott Sutton" program.  When Boogs saw this book at his school library, he was super excited to bring it home so we could read it together. This book is one in a series of books about The Family of Ree. Each of these books have a moral message/lesson for kids to learn. This book was about the importance of not lying to your friends. Boogs and I have read it four times already. In the ELB lunchbox: cheese & olive BeeBee pizza (Boogs let me know that pizza is not really a BeeBee because I did not put legs on it.), ham, kiwi Erf with blueberries, and spinach bushes with BeeBee tomatoes playing hide & seek.

This week, I put Boogs' salad dressing in the new ELB Mini Dippers. I love that these leak proof little containers fit right inside my Easy Lunchboxes.

Be sure to check out the wonderful sites I link to on my sidebar! If you want to see more book inspired lunches, click on the "lunches" label at the end of this post or go to My Story Themed Lunches board on Pinterest. I would love for you to leave a comment to let me know you stopped by.


  1. I thought panda only ate bamboo. I will have to tell JDaniel. Thank you for sharing on Read.Explore.Learn. As usual is love your lunches and book choices.

    1. I know, I thought they only ate bamboo. When my son and I were discussing this he mentioned that he probably had gotten confused with Koala's who only eat eucalyptus.

  2. Keitha, thanks for sharing this for Fancy Sandwich Friday! I love all the effort you put into your son's education and lunches! One thing I really miss about my kids being young is reading stories. Your little boy is lucky to have that great combo of healthy bentos and stories that you provide!

    1. Thanks, Kristie! I want time to slow down so I can keep him this age longer.

  3. Super cute lunches this week. My favorite is the Panda one - I learned something too =-) Thanks for linking up at TGIF! Have a great weekend,
    Beth =-)

  4. Oh, how fun!! I always enjoy your lunch posts. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  5. Wow, these are amazing. I love the panda one best. Yum!

    Thanks for linking to the Sunday showcase

  6. I think panda is the cutest among all these lunch boxes this week. I would like to eat one.

  7. Keitha, a friend made some of these albums using your instructions and they turned out SO cute, I'm planning on trying one and teaching a group of friends how to make them (if mine turns out! lol) Thanks so much for your clear instructions! Your albums look great!