It’s Not All Mary Poppins


One of my outgoing families gave me a gift certificate at a local children’s bookstore. A gift certificate for TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS!! For BOOKS!!

Did I have fun???

THIS one I’ve had on order forEVER, at this very bookstore. It just happened to come in this very week. So I get it, for free! HA.

This one just seemed like fun. Each page has a section that pulls apart to reveal the animal hinted at by the text. Not great literature, but fun for two and three year olds.

I generally like Leo Lionni, so we grabbed this one.

A couple of Ladybird classic fairy tales, for the traditionalist in me:

This one is busy, but what a fun book! It has a bit to touch, and a bit to sniff on each wild page. Lots of fun for the high-stim kid.

And then, of course, the inestimable Sandra Boynton. Some of these books I already own, but as they’ve been loved just about to death, it was time for replacements:

There were others for which I couldn’t find pictures: a generic book on airplanes, a write-on wipe-off numbers book, and an alphabet book from a board book series I quite enjoy, “My First Canadian…”, and a “Fabulous Book of Paper Dolls”, suitably sturdy. (And yes, I obviously did find a picture but was too lazy to put it in once found. Do you have any idea how MANY links and pictures are in this post already??? Phew.)

While we were at it, Emma chose herself three books: a French-English student dictionary, “In the City of Ember”, and “Ma Soeur orpheline”.


© 2006, Mary P

August 18, 2006 - Posted by | books


  1. That would sure cheer me up!! I usually use book store (Barnes & Noble) certificates as gifts.

    Comment by Granny | August 18, 2006 | Reply

  2. wow! how very nice of that family! i’m sure the kids will love all of ’em!

    Comment by kimmyk | August 19, 2006 | Reply

  3. “Three little pigs say La La La”

    Comment by Peter | August 19, 2006 | Reply

  4. OMG, how much fun is that!

    Please tell me it was Tall Dark Dad…

    Comment by Jenorama | August 19, 2006 | Reply

  5. Oh wow! What a nice gift? I’m betting it was from George and Nigel’s parents. Am I right?

    I don’t know how many times I read Moo, Baa, La La La to Nigel over the last couple of weeks…

    Comment by Haley | August 19, 2006 | Reply

  6. The gift that keeps giving, awesome! We were introduced to Sandra Boynton through a CD, Philadelphia Chickens. Love the CD, need to look into the books yet.

    Comment by Mamacita Tina | August 19, 2006 | Reply

  7. Sandra Boynton has one called Snuggle Puppy which the BoyChild and I just love! You have to hug and kiss at the appropriate time in the book and I do enjoy those BoyChild hugs and kisses!

    Comment by M&Co. | August 19, 2006 | Reply

  8. wow! what a bounty! fluffy LOVES A Color of His Own as do i.

    Comment by kyra | August 19, 2006 | Reply

  9. Great gift!! We bought books today too…and A colour of his own was one that I chose!

    Moo Baa Lalala has been requested regularly around here. We also bought a couple of “lift the flap” books, as lately, “Where is Baby’s Belly Button” has been a favourite!!

    I love kids books!

    Comment by Naomi | August 19, 2006 | Reply

  10. Yay books! Those Sandra Boynton ones look great!

    Comment by Kristen | August 20, 2006 | Reply

  11. Look like fun ones! We’ve got Sandra Boynton’s “The Going to Bed Book” and it’s one of my husband’s favorites to read to our little girl.

    When I was an elementary teacher, I’d love that post-Christmas trip to the bookstore to use all the gift certificates I got as presents! Speaking of which, if any of you ever don’t know what to get for your child’s teacher, I recommend gift certificates for books (you can see how much Mary P. loved hers!), or movies (or movie rentals), or to go out to eat. Those were always my favorites!

    Comment by Ms. Huis Herself | August 20, 2006 | Reply

  12. Oooh books! I love books! I got a gift certificate from K and B for my birthday and had great fun choosing the books I wanted! H and S are into Sandra Boynton right now, I don’t think I’d read anything from her before the last couple weeks or so! And did Emma pick a book in French? Impressive!

    Comment by Angela | August 20, 2006 | Reply

  13. oooh, I love Jules Feiffer and that Lionni is a favourite of mine. Lucky you! I just indulged in three new puppets after my good performance review the other day.

    Comment by kittenpie | August 20, 2006 | Reply

  14. I LOVE Sandra Boynton! Moo Baa La La La and But Not the Hippopatamus are our favorites! Yipee for new books!

    Comment by twoboysmom | August 20, 2006 | Reply

  15. We LOVE the Boynton books. I’m keeping ours – my kids have outgrown them now at 7 and 10. I’ve never seen the bellybutton one, but I’m sure I would like it.

    Comment by Katherine | August 21, 2006 | Reply

  16. That is the absolute best present I can think of. You lucky thing! 🙂

    Comment by KEP | August 21, 2006 | Reply

  17. Nice assortment some things I might look over on our next shopping trip. As a parting gift from our recent daycare I gave Lily a couple crafting books (she does tons) and the large format Moo, Baa, lalala… nice to see it made your list

    Comment by mo-wo | August 21, 2006 | Reply

  18. Granny, Kimmy, KEP – I’m thrilled with the gift, and yes, they are a lovely family. Mom cried, and even dad got teary.

    Peter – I can recite that book by heart. I can recite most Boynton books, though my favourite is probably Hippos Go Berserk. The kids’ favourites are “Moo, Baa, LaLaLa”, and “Red Hat, Green Hat”.

    Jen- no, TallDarkDad is making me a set of shelves for tray puzzles. He drops by from time to time to give me a progress report. 🙂

    Haley – nope, not them, either. It was Zach’s parents. You know how close they were to being tossed on two separate occasions because of dopey things dad did/said, but he and I reached an understanding (“Zachdad, are you playing with my head again???) and we’re now best of friends.

    MamacitaTina, m&co – those are two Boynton books I have not yet read! Can you imagine?? There are just so many good books out there!

    Kyra – I saw the author’s name and pulled it off the shelf to have a look.
    A quick flip through it won me over. I’m looking forward to reading it to the children when they return in September.

    Naomi – Kids books are SO much fun. It’s one of the perks of this job, getting to buy more! I don’t have so much success with lift-the-flap books here. I tend to forget and put them with the other books (which the children can reach themselves) and they are very quickly de-flapped!

    Kristen, twoboysmom – We’re Boynton fans here. What’s not to love, with the cute pictures, the funny “plot” lines, and the rollicking rhythm? Such fun!

    Ms. Huis – It was a GREAT present. Terrific! Delightful! The only thing, ahem, that could have made it absolutely perfect? If they’d made the gift certificate for a little less and written me a cheque for the remainder. Because, though I obviously loved the shopping, the books are for the tots, not for me. A little cash, just for me, would have enabled me to give myself a little something special. Not that I’m ungrateful!! But just in case anyone’s wondering what the perfect caregiver gift would be… 🙂

    Angela – It’s fun to go shopping for FREE, isn’t it?? Yes, Emma reads in French. French immersion is a WONDERFUL thing.

    Kittenpie – Puppets! I lost a set during my last move, and have never replaced them. Thank you for the reminder. (They were homemade, very simple. I can whip up another half-dozen in an afternoon. AND I’m on HOLIDAY, so I have LOTS of TIME for the whipping-up.)

    Katherine – Hello, and welcome! Your boys may grow back into them, you never know. My son (he’s 17) loves Hippos Go Berserk, and my oldest (she’s 20) actively enjoys reading Moo, Baa, LALALA to the tots – even up to twenty times a week. (Right, Haley??) My youngest (13) reads them all to the tots, for her own pleasure as well as her own.

    mo-wo – There are other authors I enjoy, but I was limited by the stock available in this particular (small) bookstore. They are moving to a larger space in the spring, which will be great.

    Moo, Baa… has been a favourite in this house for twenty years. (An afficianado’s note: in recent editions, some of the text in “But not the Hippopotamus” and “The Going to Bed Book” have been changed slightly, and I often inadvertently ‘read’ the older version to the tots! After 20 years, the mind is on auto-pilot. But, a tribute to the book, the mind is not bored.)

    Comment by Mary P. | August 22, 2006 | Reply

  19. Did you not get any books for yourself? Its all well and good buying all the kids books but…

    Comment by Si | August 23, 2006 | Reply

  20. Well, you see, the gift certificate was for a childrens’ bookstore. No adult books anywhere in sight, unless I were to pick out a parenting book, and there was nothing in their selection of such books which interested me. That’s why, although it was a great gift, it wasn’t a perfect gift. I could buy a lot of fun stuff for the daycare, but nothing for myself. Oh, well!

    Comment by Mary P. | August 23, 2006 | Reply

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