We made it to week 10! I must say that our garden right now is just kind of hanging out...not really growing much due to our record breaking rains and cold. It has still been getting down into the 40's at night! My tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and basil are not amused!
But there have been a few fleeting but glorious sunbreaks...
The kids run out at every little break in weather...
A little running...
A little flower picking...
The bees take advantage of the few breaks too!
We have peas...wet peas but peas nonetheless!
The littlest of strawberries are beginning to ripen...I haven't had any...the kids find them first! In fact the kids were hovering about when I took this picture and snatched these as soon as the photo was snapped!
And I just looked at the weather report...the whole of next week will either be cloudy or rainy...highs in the mid 60's lows in the upper 40's. I'm trying really hard to not be grouchy about this.
Mr. Weather man...you're fired!
As promised I have a book review for you.
There are two things that make my heart go pitter pat when it comes to children's books...great illustrations and words that rhyme! I'm a sucker every time for these and when a book has both...be still my heart!
Written by Tom Barbyshire and Illustrated by C.F.Payne
This is story about a little boy named Phineas Quinn who is called in one afternoon for a bowl of vegetable soup. The ensuing adventure is hilarious...
Who doesn't love a book that rhymes sugars and boogers...I guarantee your kids will be in gales of laughter!
As young Phin is demanding to know who grew his soup, a man with a soup-pot hat and a hot-air tomato balloon swoops down to take Phin to meet the farmers the grew the vegetables for his soup.
He meets farmer Hitchner who grew the carrots for his soup. Phin is at first disgusted that carrots actually grow in the dirt...
"They grow in the DIRT?" Young Phin nearly gagged.
"Gee, I've only seen them in stores, washed and bagged."
The farmer picks a carrot for Phin to try...
Phin would rather get cooties,
but being polite,
he knew he had not choice-
he must take a bite.
So he tried just a nibble
the smallest of munches
and soon he was making great bunches of crunches.
"Hey, this isn't bad! This carrot's incredible!
It's sweet, what a treat!
Say this root is quite edible!"
Yes this book is absolutely hilarious for both kids and adults. You meet a variety of farmers in the book and surprise, they are real farmers! You get to meet them in the back of the book.
Of course in the end young Phin learns to love vegetable soup.
The only issue I personally have is that the book was underwritten by Cambell's Soups. I prefer kids to grow their own vegetables and then have homemade veggie soup, not something from a can with too much sodium and veggies that are not organic...BUT it does not say in the story itself that the soup came from a can or what brand it is. I did not realize who sponsored this book until I read the very back pages and looked at the back cover.
So with that being said I think this is a wonderful book that you and your kiddos will enjoy greatly!
I'll not take one sip of this vegetable goop
unless you tell me this:
WHO GREW MY SOUP?
Leave a comment on this post between now and Monday at 7am Pacific Time and you will have a chance to win this book!
So what have you all been up to this week?