At last I got to read with the Fair Elaine again today. First I was in the hospital and then I wasn't allowed out of the house (physical therapists don't hesitate to tell you what you may and what you may not do), and then there was ice. I was going to brave it last week until Wilhelm slipped and fell and I figured I'd better not risk it.
But today is sunny and the road and sidewalks are clear. I was three houses away when the door opened and Elaine yelled, "Hello!!" What a treat to see her again.
Count the Sheep to Sleep by Philippa Rae and illustrated by Stephanie Rohr was much better. We both loved it. The book starts out with 10 sheep but they are doing various dangerous things and between losing a wheel from a skateboard and landing in a lion's den, slowly, the number of sheep declines.
But our very favorite, the best book of the week was Toads on Toast by Linda Bailey, illustrated by Colin Jack. In this story a fox, who fancies himself a gourmet cook, buys a lot of cookbooks telling him how to cook toads. When he goes to the pond and captures a bag full of baby toads and prepares to make Toads on Toast, Mamma Toad offers to teach him how to make Toad in the Hole instead. (This is the Toad in the Hole that is also called Egg in the Basket and involves an egg and not sausages.) A delightful story with equally delightfull illustrations.