Friday, September 17, 2010

Book Blogger Appreciation Week/Forgotten!

Coming from a theatre-study background, a love of Broadway, art and shooting stars, I do love those picture books that just WOW me and knock my socks off with either spectactular, jump-off-the-page art, or language that is just loud or makes you sing.

Yet there is one picture book I read several years ago that is oh so quiet and demure and oh so spectacular in the most sublte, sweet way. MUD IS CAKE by Pam Munoz Ryan, illustrated by David McPhail.
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"Mud is cake if you pretend and don't really take a bite. And juice is tea with a fairy queen if you act it out just right."

While the text is soft spoken, the message is strong: Let's pretend: Anything is possible! Let's see what we have here, and make it work!

On the outside, this book is about pretending, but on the inside, where it counts, this book is about believing. It instills the sense that anything is possible -- an important thought to carry through life. Hopefully you will read this book to your children or grandchildren and they will never forget it!


  1. That's a really sweet book. I'm in between small kids and grand children (my boys are 11 & 13) but this looks like a really lovely book for a young child. I don't even have a niece or nephew that age. Such a pity. I LOVE a good children's book!

  2. LOL -- I love a good children's book too, and you can tell by my bookshelves. But I have a six year old. However, that's where the library comes in handy, for those in-between times :) Enjoy!

  3. @Sherry -- I would love to! Thanks so much. Lynne Marie