January 26, 2011

Book Buddies


 
Do you remember Maisy? Well she inspired these :)

I made these book buddies to add to books that I gave as Christmas gifts to some special little boys in my life, my nephews! I decided to cut these out free-hand (no pattern) and it surprisingly worked out really nicely. (Perhaps a little bit of luck was involved, 'cause this type of brave cutting can go very wrong sometimes!) I then stitched the felt pieces together, filled the bodies with batting, stitched them up and then glued on the rest.

I won't say much here about The Very Hungry Caterpillar, other than it being a terrific book for a young child (aged 2-5 approx). If you would like to read another post I did about this book, click here.

I do want to tell you a little bit more about Lost and Found, by Oliver Jeffers. But before I do, I need to tell you about another Oliver Jeffer's gem. I was first introduced to this author when a colleague told me about his book How to catch a Star.(Thank you Carey!) Big One and I soon loved this simple, beautifully illustrated story of a little boy who loved stars and very proactively made all sorts of plans to catch a star to be his friend. I think it's a great story about "making a plan" and perseverance when you are faced with a problem.


Lost and Found is about the same little character, who this time tries to help a penguin, who he thinks is lost. In the end, however, he realizes that the penguin is simply lonely and wants a friend. It's another sweet story and a great icebreaker to introduce a conversation about loneliness and friendship. I think that both these books by Oliver Jeffers are great additions to a young child's library (aged 3-6 approx) and are super books to be used in Play Therapy.

Till next time, happy reading!

PS. I am linking this to:

21 comments:

RedTedArt said...

Aaah we love lost and found too and it inspired last week's craft over at Red Ted Art! Your book buddies look super cute!!

Thank you for joining Kids Get Crafty!

Maggy

Tammy @ she wears flowers said...

I LOVE that little book buddy!!

EmilyM said...

What a great gift idea. These are adorable!

Celiah Ann said...

Book Buddies! How inspiring! You did a great job. They're gorgeous.

Chels said...

Very cute Georgia! Your penguin is matching perfectly to the one in the book! And your caterpillar needs a pattern for people like me!

It's great that we had similar crafting fun this week! Penguins are so fun!

Brimful Curiosities said...

We have some animal finger puppets. Recently my daughter has been using them to act out various books. It is really a fun way for her to practice reading aloud and helps her learn new words.

Jill said...

Georgia! These are so adorable. I really wish I knew how to sew. I actually have a shameful confession. I begged my hubby to buy me a sewing machine for my birthday (which was almost 2 months ago) and it's still in the box! I don't know what I was thinking.

Love and Lollipops said...

Thank you ladies for popping by! Jill, I have no idea about how to sew with a sewing machine!! I did this by hand and I promise, it was very easy!

Jenae said...

Hi! I was just wondering whether I could feature your post on my Show-and-Share Saturday (for tomorrow). It would include a picture and a link. Please let me know by e-mailing me at icanteachmychild@gmail.com. Thanks.

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

I love the buddies! that is such a great idea. And make terrific gifts. Do you take orders? Seriously, my son would love a Capt. Underpants!

Caz said...

Adorable! We love The Very Hungry Caterpillar here too, I think it's lovely to read books we read as kids to our own children. The little penguin is so cute!

Love and Lollipops said...

Thank you some more!! Yanet, I don't take orders, but I'm very tickled that you would even ask!!!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love your book buddy idea! The second book looks wonderful. JDaniel has multiple copies of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Thank you so much for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. I hope you will stop by often. I love your ideas.

Wendy Davis said...

I love the book buddies! I'm doing an Eric Carle-themed birthday party for my oldest daughter in June (she'll be two). I would love to try and make the little caterpillar!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Adorable!!! What child wouldn't love a book buddy? What a great idea! :-)

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

that is such a great idea!! what a terrific way to make favorite books more special! would love for you to come link up to handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings if you have a chance!

Vanessa said...

He's so adorable! Thanks for leaving the link for me.

Meg said...

These are so cute! I love giving books but it'd be so nice to do something like this too.

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

Catching up on neglected links after my family's sickest month on record! Thanks for linking up at Feed Me Books Friday!
Love your book buddies - and jealous at how simple it sounds! What a great way to "complete" a gift!

Deborah said...

Oh how cute! I really need to learn how to sew!!

LeeanneA / KMullally said...

What a great idea!

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