• Children's Books,  Picture Books

    Ferdinand

    This next story is one that holds a special place in my heart and in my home. We have been reading The Story of Ferdinand to Finn since he was about three and he was his own special Ferdinand. Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson’s timeless classic, The Story of Ferdinand has been moving audiences for nearly a century and does not look to be going out of style any time soon.  Its message of diversity in the community through acceptance is one that children are most receptive to. Because Ferdinand is a bull, his story is an interesting mix of fantastical and historical elements, taking place during bullfighting season, a major element of…

  • Children's Books,  Picture Books

    The Paper Bag Princess

    Being that I named my blog after this book, there is no more appropriate book to start with than The Paper Bag Princess. This is a story of a princess named, Elizabeth, who as far as one knows, has everything a girl could ever want, including the life of a beautiful princess in a high castle, expensive dresses at her disposal, and being betrothed to the handsome prince, Ronald. That is— until the fire-breathing dragon burns down her castle and everything in it, taking Prince Ronald captive and essentially everything else she has ever known about her way of life. This is a book that holds special meaning for me to my…