Friday, March 19, 2010

Book Week!

This week has been Book Week over at O My Family! AllisonO is a new mom and an awesome blogger, and her blogs are always inspiring. And her son is just adorable. Go check it out!

So the dealio is... I'm supposed to mention a few books I love. I chose 2 of my favorite books to read to Clayton and one for myself!

The first one I chose is On Top of Spaghetti. Remember the kid song, "On top of spagheeeetttti.. all covered with cheese.. I lost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed!"? Well, this book is based on that song. The entire book is meant to be sung, and it is SO much fun! Clayton loves to sing along with the book, especially during the "chorus" and the lyrics rhyme.

We checked this book out at the library, and C must've asked us to read this book a million times in two weeks! He couldn't get enough. This book is just too much fun... even I had a great time reading it!


The second book I adore is Dinosaurumpus. This book also has sing-songy words, repeating this phrase "Shake, shake, shudder . . . near the sludgy old swamp. The dinosaurs are coming. Get ready to romp!" over and over.

The book uses the names of different dinosaurs with lots of onomatopoeias. Here's an excerpt from one page:

(in curvey writing):

Apatosaurus stops for a slushy, mushy snack.
His tail starts swinging with a

Every page includes the the "main line" and Clayton easily memorized it after a couple pages. It's so fun for us to use lots of sound effects and get really into the book. He begged me to read it over and over and couldn't get enough!


Annnnd finally, a book for adults. I chose Every Woman's Marriage. This is a great resource for newly married women (or for any married woman, really!)

I'll just go ahead and copy the Amazon description, because they did a great job ;]

If you’re ready to stop the blame game and pursue the marriage of your dreams, let authors Shannon and Greg Ethridge show you how to reignite your relationship with spiritual, emotional, and physical passion. Drawing on real-life stories from both men and women, as well as lessons from their own less-than-satisfying early years of marriage, they offer provaocative insights about what it takes to nurture a dynamic marriage, including…

·what makes a husband’s heart grow cold–and how you can fan the embers into flame
·the difference between being “right” and being “righteous”
·how to fight fair
·how to guard your heart against unhealthy comparisons
·the dynamic power of getting spiritually and emotionally naked
·what your husband really wants most (It’s not what you think!)

This is a great, GREAT book! She and her husband look at marriage from a Biblical perspective and they have so much to teach! There's so many good points in this book about respecting your spouse, learning to never compare your spouse (Why can't you be more like... ), how your husbands WANT to see you smile and stop being so negative, the mental-physical connection, games women (sometimes unknowingly..) play to get what they want, and so much more. This book points out a lot of things that each of us probably do, but we don't realize we do them. And how our actions, even if they're accidental, can be detrimental to our relationship with our spouse.

I highly highly highly recommend this book! Her husband also wrote Every Man's Marriage, and they've written tons and tons of books. Definitely check this book out!

Now head over to O My Family, say hi to Allison and OBaby, and see what other readers recommended!!


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  2. I used to read the On Top of Spaghetti book to the kids I used to babysit! It's a great book!

    What a great post this is! Seriously you are going to be such an amazing mom!

  3. I love song books! One of our favorites is Miss Mary Mack for the same reason as On Top of Spaghetti - you can sing the whole thing! I somehow acquired "Every Woman's Battle", but haven't cracked it open. The Marriage one sounds good, though.

    One of our favorite things when we were pregnant was to read a bed time story to OBaby (then "Nugget"). I hope you're having fun growing that little pumpkin!

    Thanks so much for linking up!

  4. aww, thanks, guys! you're all so sweet!!

  5. Great post! Jeremy read every man's marriage. He loved it. For some reason I haven't read Every woman's marriage, but I think I will! :)

    Love the kid books part too, I don't think I've read those ones...and I worked at a preschool for 2 years and thought I read every kids book imaginable...guess

  6. I love finding new books. I have not read either of these. Can't wait to check them out!

  7. Now I'm going to have that song stuck in my head for days. ;)

    And I've never heard of that dinosaur book! I ADORE sing-songy books...they're just SO fun to read!

    And great adult selection, I read that book in one day because I was glued to it. I would actually like to read it again and refresh on the things I've forgotten! Thanks for the reminder. ;)

  8. I adore being able to yell out DINOSAURUMPUS! Such a fun book!

  9. one of our favorites here is Jamberry the girls just love it!! and Abigayl loves all the Froggy Books.... and I have started the Love Dare and am really enjoying the bond it is creating between my husband and I even after 17 years of Marriage...who says you can't create a new spark after that long is totally wrong...