I don’t blog much about my oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei. It’s not because she’s a teenager (8th grade!) though that would be reason enough. One reason is that she hates being photographed.
The elusive Grasshopper and Sensei.
She’s never wanted to in the spotlight. She hates that. She’s a pretty wonderful kid though. Very kind (doesn’t get that from me or my husband!). Emotionally atuned to the collective vibe in any room and highly motivated to make sure that everyone gets along.
They don’t intentionally dress alike any more but what do you know?!
As the oldest, it goes without saying that she’s a responsible kid. You can see that when she was in preschool, taking care of her wild younger sister who looks like she’s about to run off into the street.
Grasshopper and Sensei holding back little sister PickyKidPix.
Today, I wanted to share picture book You Were the First for my oldest. She broke us in as parents and paved the way for her siblings. And because my oldest is an artist, I’m sharing some of my favorite pieces of her art from her blog.
I loved this painting so much that I bought it from her because she sells her work and I was afraid I’d never see it again. She’s been working on her negotiation skills. I should thrilled that she chiseled me for $130!
My husband took her to play golf and they had a great time together. This is a photo she took using her iPhone. She’s really into photography too. Golf, not so much.
She hates working on technical drawing skills, but it seems to be coming along. I took this page out of her sketchbook.
I can’t believe my oldest will be in high school next year! The years are short but the days are long!
You Were The First by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
Sprout’s Bookshelf has a wonderful book review of this picture book. We both like that this is a mixed race family celebrating the oldest child!
You Were the First is a beautiful book, gentle and sweet, written by a skilled author who knows what children enjoy.
… it is quiet books like this that parents can share with their children when it matters, when they need bolstering from the world around them. (And it could easily work for adoptive families, as there’s no mention of pregnancy or birth, just an opening scene of the darling boy in his bassinet.)
It’s worth noting that this is a transracial family, Asian American and white, which for me is a huge bonus. It’s always nice to find a title like this that reads so easily and soothingly — and diversity too? From Sprout’s Bookshelf
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The Kid Lit Blog Hop began roughly 1 1/2 years ago and the original design for the button was drawn by my then 9 year old daughter, who complained that she could have drawn something much better if I hadn’t insisted on stick figures. While the old logo is certainly recognizable, we felt it was time to breathe new life into the Hop. Please feel free to grab the code for the button (below) and pop it up into your sidebar or elsewhere on your site.
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Children’s Book Week ~ Kid Lit Giveaway Hop 2014
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Welcome to the 37th Kid Lit Blog Hop where twice per month (the 1st and 3rd Wednesday) we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children’s books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. So, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors!
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