Saturday, December 12, 2009

Book Review: Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo

Aaaachoo! Bless you, Felicity Floo! This adorable story about a little girl with a bad case of the sniffles should be read to every child this flu season.

No matter how many times you tell your kids to wash their hands, it often seems like the message never gets through. They can’t see the pesky germs, so why bother with the soap and warm water….

Such is the mentality of most kids. But that sentiment will soon change after they read about the havoc Felicity wreaks on the animals at the zoo. This story is effective because of the highly visible green goo Felicity deposits on every creature she touches. Finally, these germs we talk about so frequently are disgustingly tangible on every single page of this whimsical book.

The message this book delivers is timely as we head into flu season full speed ahead. Told in entertaining rhyme, both kids and their aunties will enjoy following a sick little girl who manages to forget everything she is expected to know about good hygiene.

So next time you have to remind your children to cover their mouths when they sneeze, just tell them to think about Felicity Floo and the poor, sick animals she left in her wake!

Sweet Reading!
Karen Gallagher

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Thanksgiving Books Make the Best Thanksgiving Gifts for Kids!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. I love everything about it. The crisp fall air, the extended break from work (i.e. my husband is home to help out with the kids), and the delicious food! But alas! I am afraid I will think twice about biting into a delectable piece of turkey this year after reading these tales of turkey woes.

Here are some of my absolute favorite Thanksgiving Books about the birds at the center of our feast and their clever antics to avoid the chopping least until next year! Coupled with an adorable Thanksgiving lollipop, they make wonderful Thanksgiving Gift for Kids!

Thelonius Turkey Lives! by Lynn Rowe Reed

Thelonius is one determined turkey who refuses to follow in the footsteps of the others who previously disappeared on Thanksgiving Day. Watch out because this adorable story of one spunky turkey may just change your mind about digging into a delicious Thanksgiving dinner! But not to worry because a twist at the end will leave readers surprised and relieved for the bird whose personality shines through.

Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale
by Derek Anderson

Over the river and through the woods, a family of turkeys set out for an appropriately meatless Thanksgiving dinner. In the midst of their journey, they must avoid the trap of those out to make THEM the center of the feast. Vibrant artwork and humorous pictures make this a highly entertaining Thanksgiving read.

Ten Fat Turkeys
by Tony Johnston

Little kids learning to count will love this colorful book about ten very silly turkeys. Our feathered friends drop in numbers (think 10 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed) with each daring and utterly preposterous feat. A perfect Thanksgiving read-aloud for toddlers!

Turk and Runt: A Thanksgiving Comedy by Lisa Wheeler

In a turkey’s world, being an over-achiever is a surefire way to land your rump in the roaster. Unfortunately, the only one who can clearly see talented Turk’s future is his little brother Runt, whose predictions are ignored time and again. While Mom and Dad are busy boasting about their eldest son’s accomplishments, the younger one is hard at work trying to save his brother’s life. Kids love this hysterical story about turkeys oblivious of their Thanksgiving Day fate. Gobble, gobble!

A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman

Finally, a gaggle of turkeys that have learned a lesson or two from their predecessors! The witty birds of Squawk Valley have made it difficult for its residents to enjoy a succulent Thanksgiving Day feast. And so, in an effort to catch the most attractive turkey, the people advertise for an “artist’s model” for a local fair. Vanity almost gets the plumpest victim into deep water, but the clever turkey manages to outwit the townsfolk and avoid the chopping block.

Sweet Reading!
Karen Gallagher

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Thanksgiving Gifts for Kids

Thanksgiving is the time of year when we take stock of our lives and appreciate what is most important- our children! You may want to give them a Thanksgiving gift- a token of thanks by which they will remember you for years to come.

We have brainstormed and come up with a list of the best Thanksgiving gift ideas for kids:

A Thanksgiving Gift of Books from The Lollipop Book Club
: Take a few moments to write a special note for a child. Then pick a wonderful Thanksgiving children’s book. We will top it off with a Thanksgiving lollipop and send it off to the child in a bright package. This is truly a Thanksgiving gift for kids that will never be forgotten!

A Day Out on the Town: Cities and towns are wonderful to visit right around Thanksgiving time. There is a spirited energy in the air and decorations for the upcoming holidays adorn the storefronts. Walk through the streets, take your child to lunch, and treat him or her to something special in a small toy or gift shop. The entire experience and your time is the best Thanksgiving gift you can give to a child.

Basket of Turkey Day Crafts: Another great Thanksgiving gift idea is a big basket full of festive crafts. Fill the basket with construction paper, markers, scissors, glue, pompoms, feathers, googly eyes, and crayons. Pick up some inexpensive Thanksgiving craft kits at the craft store and toss those in as well. You will be all set to enjoy some creative time with your child- what a perfect Thanksgiving gift!

A Pre-Thanksgiving Day Dinner: Many households are extremely busy with all of the Thanksgiving dinner preparations that children sometimes miss the whole point of the celebration. By the time you are done cleaning, cooking, baking, setting the table, etc., you are exhausted and the dinner has not even begun. Throw a pile of guests into the mix and things get just plain hectic. So here’s a Thanksgiving gift you can give to your child- a pre-Thanksgiving Day Dinner! Keep it simple- just buy some thick turkey slices from the deli, whip up some mashed potatoes, pick up a frozen veggie, roles, and bakery pie! Voila! There’s your dinner. Sit down with your child and talk about all of the reasons you are thankful.

Sweet Reading!
Karen Gallagher

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Spooktacular Halloween Books for Kids!

With Halloween right around the corner, a fantastic way to get into the spirit is to read a Halloween book with your children. The best Halloween picture books mix vibrant colors with spooky tales, sparking little imaginations and stirring up big excitement for a fun night of trick-or-treating. There are so many wonderful books you and your children will appreciate reading together. Here are just a few Halloween books to get you started:

Willa is not your ordinary scary witch. In fact, she is quite the opposite. She quivers in fright at the sight of every creepy, crawly critter, much to the chagrin of her beloved cat Kitch. But the endearing witch learns face her fears head-on when she finds Kitch in danger. A happy ending to a not-so-scary story is perfect for little ones who get the Halloween jitters.

Goodnight Moon may be the quintessential bedtime story, but you may want to read the parody, Goodnight Goon, earlier in the day. A cold grey tomb with a black lagoon replaces the cozy green room and all of its creature comforts. And then enters the Goon who does everything in his power to prevent the werewolf from falling asleep. You and your little ones who are familiar with the original will especially enjoy this spooky take on a classic tale.

Spanish words and phrases are interjected throughout this rhyming Halloween story. Las brujas, los monstruos, and many other creepy Halloween creatures attend a

Halloween Ball not meant for the easily frightened. So snuggle up and enjoy this delightful Halloween story and teach your nieces and nephews a new language along the way.

After a comical mishap, Rebecca Estelle finds it impossible to rid her property of the pumpkins she so despises. Yet not wanting to waste the (albeit annoying) abundance, she finds a creative way to turn the situation into a positive experience for the whole town. This colorfully illustrated tale has a good moral and offers lots of great recipe ideas for pumpkins.

True to his humorous form, Dav Pilkey tickles the funny bone of young readers with his story about Oscar the dachshund. The poor dog is subject to incessant teasing due to his short stature, and the situation is further exacerbated with his ridiculous Halloween costume. When Oscar rises to a challenge by performing a heroic deed, children learn that they can overcome any shortfall.

A great Halloween Gift for Kids is a gift of books from The Lollipop Book Club. We offer the Halloween books reviewed above as well as numerous other popular books for this spooktacular holiday!

Sweet Reading!
Karen Gallagher

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Just a Blog Hop Away from a Free Gift!

The Lollipop Book Club is participating in its first ever blog hop sponsored by My SEO Gal! We invite you to join in the fun and take a stab at winning some fantastic prizes from the many wonderful boutiques and specialty stores. Just visit the blogs listed below and enter their individual contests. The blog hop goes until 10/21/09.

The Lollipop Book Club will be giving away a prize as well to a very lucky winner! The gift will consist of a Halloween book, a Halloween lollipop, and a gift note printed on a sticker. This Halloween treat will be delivered in a bright red envelope to the doorstep of a special child of your choosing.

To enter The Lollipop Book Club giveaway, you can do one or more of the following. Each step you take below counts as a separate entry, so you have a chance to enter 5 times. After completing each one, post a comment back here. Make sure to include your email address so that we can contact the winner, who will be chosen randomly. The contest ends on October 21, 2009.

(1) Visit The Lollipop Book Club and find your favorite picture book!
(2) Tweet about The Lollipop Book Club giveaway.
(3) Post a comment on your Facebook page about the giveaway.
(4) Follow our blog.
(5) Sign up for the newsletter at The Lollipop Book Club.

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Sweet Reading!
Karen Gallagher

Friday, September 18, 2009

Book Review: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

When a book skillfully taps into the imagination of a child, it can break all worldly rules and take readers on a journey out of a dream. Such picture books stand the test of time and are now reaping the benefits of advanced technology that translate them into amazing movie experiences.

Two examples include Horton Hears a Who! and Where the Wild Things Are.

Most recently, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is receiving rave reviews after making its debut on the big screen. The book, published in 1978, originally captured the attention of children.

The story begins with a grandfather’s bedtime story about a curious town called Chewandswallow.

By all accounts, the place looks like quaint small-town America, complete with Main Street, tidy homes, and bucolic surroundings. But three times a day, storms move in like clockwork delivering a strange mix. Instead of rain, sleet, or snow, this sky drops juice, eggs, pancakes, hamburgers, hot dogs, and other dietary objects.

At first, Chewandswallow represents recycling at its best.

Fresh food without plastic wrap and wasted packaging drops onto the plates of townspeople who consume what they need. Excess food is fed to the animals on land and at sea, and the remaining leftovers are placed back into the earth to make rich soil for flowers.

Then one day the once predictable weather system goes off course. Pea soup fog paralyzes the town, bizarre food combinations upset the palates, and a jumbo sized pancake envelopes the school. The onslaught of food worsens, forcing the residents to build boats, (using monster-size toast for the base and Swiss cheese for the sail), and flee to a strange new land.

The new town had a grocery store that sold raw food in packages that required refrigeration (how odd!). When clouds rolled in, wet drops simply saturated the ground. And the people lived happily ever after, never again fearing an attack of edibles on steroids.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs could have easily been written by a child as part of a creative story assignment. This comment is meant as a compliment of the highest order. Of course, the grammar and story sequence is clearly that of an accomplished author.

But it’s the premise itself that feels like the product of a child’s boundless imagination. The book is funny, preposterous, thought-provoking, and action-packed all at the same time, keeping little ones tuned in from start to finish.

The illustrations humorously depict the lives and fate of the sated folks from Chewandswallow. Details galore pack the pages and can practically tell the whole story independent of the text.

If you don’t have a copy, grab a copy at the bookstore or library and snuggle up with a little one to enjoy. Then off to the theatre with a bag of popcorn to see this fantastic story come to animated life!

Sweet Reading!
Karen Gallagher

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Rosh Hashanah Books for Kids

The Jewish New Year is right around the corner, so we have picked the best Rosh Hashanah books for you to share with a little one. These wonderful stories cover the traditions and values celebrated on this special holiday.

Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride: This colorful story about the first train ride from Jaffa to Jerusalem in 1892 teaches an important lesson about Rosh Hashanah. When Ari is selected as engineer of this historic train, his ego takes over, he brags to his friends, and he fails to say farewell. Along the journey, the train stops to pick up items to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, and Ari learns about the true meaning of the holiday.

Even Higher! A Rosh Hashanah Story: In this retelling of a classic Rosh Hashanah story, a rabbi disappears every year right before the New Year. The congregation assumes he has gone to speak with God about the fate of the townspeople. One particular naysayer doubts that such a miracle could happen, so he decides to investigate. When he uncovers a touching secret involving human compassion, even this biggest of doubters changes his mind.

n's Monster: A Story for the Jewish New Year: This tale, based on a Hasidic legend of the Jewish New Year, is about a baker named Gershon who refuses to take responsibility for his mistakes. Instead, he stuffs his bad deeds into a bag and dumps them into the Black Sea. Gershon ignores his rabbi, who urges him to make amends each year. He ultimately finds resolution when his collective errors come back to haunt him in this foreboding story.

Sammy Spider's First Rosh Hashanah: Sammy Spider learns all about the traditions and symbols of the Jewish New Year. His mother teaches him all about challah, apples and honey, and the special services at his synagogue. Sammy’s mischievous behavior will delight small children as they read about how he learns to celebrate Rosh Hashanah in his own special way.

New Y
ear at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story: Izzy is a little boy who especially enjoys Tashlich, a ceremony performed at Rosh Hashanah whereby people confess their wrongdoings and begin the New Year with a fresh start. Nieces and nephews will relate to Izzy as he grows upset about revealing his long list of “mistakes”, but realizes the value in making amends. Overall, this is a touching, humorous story that entertains and teaches young ones a lot about the holiday along the way.

Sweet Reading!
Karen Gallagher

Halloween Gifts for Kids

Add a little extra fun to the holiday by giving a sweet Halloween gift to a child. This time of year is chock full of festivities in anticipation of the Big Night! So if your child is invited to a Halloween party or if you simply want to give something special, here are some Halloween Gift Ideas that are sure to delight:

Halloween Gift of Books from The Lollipop Book Club: We offer a spooky collection of the best Halloween books around! Each Halloween gift includes a Halloween book of your choice and a delicious Halloween lollipop, complete with a scary gift note from you.

Halloween Window Decals: A great Halloween gift idea is a set of Halloween window decals perfect for adding some Halloween spirit to a child’s bedroom.

Halloween Craft Supplies: Another fun Halloween gift idea is a box of craft supplies to get a child’s creative juices flowing. Visit your local craft store and pick up Halloween stickers, foam kits, glitter, markers, and more!

Halloween Cookie Kit:
There is no better way to celebrate Halloween than by baking some festive cookies with a child. A fabulous Halloween gift idea would include cookie cutters, Halloween sprinkles, and other decorative candy all wrapped up in orange & black cellophane.

Tickets to a Halloween Ghost Walk: An eerily perfect Halloween gift idea is a pair of tickets to a Halloween ghost tour in your local town!

Halloween is one of the most exciting and festive holidays for children. Any one of these Halloween gift ideas will add the right amount of spookiness to the Halloween experience and create fond memories for years to come!

Sweet Reading!
Karen Gallagher

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Graduation Books: Beyond "Oh, The Places You'll Go!"

When I graduation from high school, one of my very closest friends gave me a book called Polar Express, beautifully written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. It is no surprise that this book was a New York Times Best Seller and was translated into an equally intriguing movie.

The thing I remember most about this gift, however, was the inscription that Jeannine wrote inside- Never stop believing. Her pithy message was so meaningful given that point in my life 19 years ago. I'm sure I received many other graduation gifts, but I cannot remember a single one of them. And if my friend had not inscribed a note, I may not have remembered this one either.

So if you are unsure of what to give someone graduating from kindergarten through college...stop wondering. Give a picure book but don't forget to personalize it! Here are some other favorite children's picture books that make wonderful graduation gifts.

Forever Young

By Bob Dylan, Illustrated by Paul Rogers

This inspirational book is based on the lyrics and life of Bob Dylan, one of the most beloved songwriters of all time. Brilliant illustrations provide insight into many memorable events older generations will appreciate, while a nifty guide in back brings the younger folks up to speed. But most important of all is the overriding message for all readers, young and old, who are embarking on a new chapter- stay Forever Young.

The Three Questions

By Jon J. Muth and Leo Tolstoy

For graduates striving to be the best that they can be, this intriguing story is one they must read. A little boy wants to make sure he is doing the right thing, so he asks a wise turtle what he believes to be three very important questions. He learns invaluable lessons not through the answers, but in helping someone in need along the way.

Free to Be You and Me
By Marlo Thomas and Friends
Designed by Peter H. Reynolds

The whimsical pictures perfectly complement this collection of poems and stories encouraging children to follow their dreams. The book is as relevant today as it was when first published 35 years ago. Graduates will learn to shun stereotypes, embrace others who are different, and enjoy the freedom to be exactly who they want to be.

Curious You: On Your Way!

By H.A. Rey

Graduates of every age will appreciate this inspiring book about their favorite monkey. A compilation of scenes from the original Curious George books accompanied by words of encouragement make this an endearingly nostalgic gift for graduates from kindergarten through college.

Hooray for You!
By Marianne Richmond

While this may be a “children’s book,” the message is one that appeals to every graduate. Through simple rhyming versus, this touching book celebrates the unique qualities every person possesses. The author communicates the importance of individuality in a way that will resonate with anyone moving on in life.

Send one of these special graduation books to someone very special from The Lollipop Book Club!

Friday, May 22, 2009

John Lithgow- Children's Author Extraordinaire

Let's face it. Celebrity sells. A no-name author with a brilliant book may struggle for years without a nibble of interest from agents or publishers.

And yet an "author" who has already established a reputation in another field (acting, athletics, politics, you name it) can publish a book that is mediocre at best with far less effort. It may not be well-received by the critics, but it sure gets into print, on the shelves, and in our faces with lightning speed (which is, admittedly, a relative term when we're talking about publishing).

There has been a surge of children's books to hit the market in recent years written by all kinds of famous people. Some are forgettable...and others are unforgettable. John Lithgow's books, for the most part, are the latter. A master wordsmith and creative storyteller are descriptives that come to mind when I think of his contributions to children's literature.

Here's a list of his titles to date:

The Remarkable Farkle McBride:
NY Times Bestseller about a boy who can't quench his musical thirst until he finds the one job that allows him to enjoy every instrument at the same time- conductor of an orchestra!

An squirrel with an artistic flair lives above an art museum. He paints by night creating his own collection of brilliant art to rival the masterpieces that are housed below.

Mahalia Mouse Goes to College
A surprising college graduate, Harvard to boot, is the subject of this story sure to inspire anyone pursuing higher education. This book was incorporated into John Lithgow's commencement speech at Harvard in 2005. It comes with a nice CD where you can enjoy listening to the author himself tell the story of his beloved mouse.

I'm a Manatee
Your kids will sound super-smart when they shout Manatee! when all the others are stuck on dolphins, sharks and whales. But the real point in this story is the wondrous imagination of a little boy who goes on an adventure with his sea life friends.

I Got Two Dogs
Calling all dog-lovers! You must add this sweet book to your collection. It even comes with a CD featuring an upbeat song about man's best friend. Based on his own two dogs, this story will appeal to everyone who has experienced the love and loyalty of an ill-behaved, not so bright canine companion.

Other books to check out by John Lithgow: Marsupial Sue, Marsupial Sue Presents "The Runaway Pancake", Carnival of the Animals

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Book Review: Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

I cannot quite remember how this book became part of my collection. Perhaps it was a gift. I know for certain that I did not purchase it. It's simply not one that would have captured my interest upon a quick glance at the bookstore. Judging it by the cover, the book appears to be just another corny, sappy, not particularly creative or well-written story about loving a baby. (No offense to Robert Munsch, who is an extremely accomplished, well-regarded author.) In fact, it sat on my bookshelf for at least three years before I bothered reading it to my firstborn.

And when I finally did....well, I broke down crying uncontrollably about half way through. The lump in my throat and tears in my eyes that surprisingly appeared within the first couple of pages developed into a full-blown meltdown that prevented me from reading the entire story aloud to my very confused little boy.

Attributing my behavior to exhaustion, the book was shelved for a couple of years only to reappear this afternoon when my second child asked me to read it. Once again, feeling unenthusiastic about his choice and expecting a boring story, the same wave of emotion took over. And I happened to be very well-rested today.

So what's the hook with this book? As a mom, it's the thought that my children will grow up one day. A big revelation? Of course not. Here's the thing....I find myself often wishing for the next phase when things will (hopefully) get easier with my kids. Kind of like the Adam Sandler movie "Click" whereby a dad possesses a remote control he uses to fast forward through all of the challenging moments in his life.

It's those tender moments when they are asleep that I fully appreciate my children. And though some days begin with a mental countdown until's the rub....I can't bear the thought of them growing up and leaving me. And that is exactly where this gem of a book tugs at my heart.

A simple theme is repeated from the very start to the very end of the story. A baby boy moves through different stages of his life, leaving an exhausted and frustrated mom in his wake. Every night while he is asleep, his mother enters his room and cradles her "baby" well beyond his young childhood years. She whispers a sweet poem over and over again.

At the very end, when the mother is old and frail, they reverse positions and the son lovingly cradles his mom. Then he returns home to hold his own daughter and recite the familiar poem.

If you have read this book to your child, I would appreciate a comment! I'm not an overly emotional person...but this book has touched upon something deep within. A fear of my children moving on, of not needing me anymore (I've got to be more careful what I wish for!), of the intense love I have for them.

Okay, off to quietly slip into three little bedrooms and watch my babies sleep for awhile.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Building a Child's Book Collection

Reading good books with your child is instrumental in building your relationship and cultivating a love for reading. The hours of quality time are invaluable, and the developmental benefits to the child are numerous. For these reasons, it is especially important to build a large collection of good children’s books.

If your child already has a bookshelf stocked with some favorite titles, then you have made a good start. Here are some tips to continue building your child’s library into a source of entertainment that will give video games and television some serious competition-

Humor: Add books that make your child laugh. Seek out books that have funny illustrations and silly stories that will tickle your child. Laughter increases the entertainment value of the reading experience and engages the child in the story.

Variety: A wide variety of books is extremely important. Highly esteemed Caldecott Medal winners are wonderful to read. The illustrations are beautiful and the stories can be appreciated on many levels for years to come. Keep in mind that it is just as important to add some lightweight choices, such as those featuring favorite cartoon characters or movie stars. Just like adults, kids need diverse reading material to select from depending on their mood.

Reading Level: Be sensitive to your child’s reading level. Forcing a child to sit through a book that is too difficult can lead to frustration and turn your child against reading. While there are benefits to reading slightly above a child’s level, time is best spent when the book is on par with the child’s reading comprehension. Here are some pointers for finding books at the right level for your child:

  • Quantity of written content: Take into account your child’s attention span. If there are too many words on a page, a restless child may tune out before the story is over.

  • Vocabulary: Reading books is an excellent way to build a child’s vocabulary. However, too many unfamiliar words may cause the child to lose interest in the story. A good rule of thumb is that for a content-rich story, there should be no more than 5 new words per page.
  • Storyline: Make sure that the story itself is appropriate for your child’s age. If the story is too advanced, even if the vocabulary is easy, a young child will lose interest. Stick with more concrete books early on and save the abstract stories for later.

Let Your Child Pick: Engage your child in the process of selecting new books. Take your child to the bookstore and spend time in the children’s section looking at all of the choices. Try not to steer your child toward your preference; rather, let your child take the lead and seek out titles that seem interesting to him or her.

Give Books as Gifts: Books are the single best present you can give a child. Though toys win the popularity contest at gift-opening time, books have staying power long after all the plastic has been forgotten. So think about ways you can inject fun into giving a book. Here’s an idea- make it the last present he or she opens…and then send your child on a scavenger hunt around the house to find it. Or, establish a tradition in your family where the child gets a new book the day before his or her birthday. Find ways to make it memorable and exciting.

Send a gift of books from The Lollipop Book Club!

Dr. Seuss Quotes- Words to Live By

Some authors have the ability to make profound statements with a very few, easily understandable words. Their remarks can be appreciated by the young, the old, and everyone in between.

Dr. Seuss is one of the most quoted children's authors, and rightfully so. I'd like to share with you my favorite words of wisdom that this brilliant man has shared with the world.

“Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.”

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

“How did it get so late so soon?”

“I meant what I said and I said what I meant.”

“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”

“You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.”

“Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.”

“You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.”

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”

“And will you succeed? Yes! You will indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed)”

"Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose."

"So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads."

“Don’t give up. I believe in you all. A person’s a person no matter how small.”

"I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues."

“Young cat, if you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you would learn! The most wonderful stuff!”

“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way.”

“I know up on top you are seeing great sights, but down on the bottom we, too, should have rights.”

“My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz. It’s the letter I use to spell yuzz-a-matuzz. You’ll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond ‘Z’ and start poking around!”

“I’m sorry to say so but, sadly it’s true that bang-ups and hang-ups can happen to you.”

“If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.”