{bookworm} the house that grew


Look at that inscription – doesn’t my Mama have beautiful hand-writing?!

Hello Friend,

One of my most favourite things about being a Mama is all the storytime I get to share with my gals.  I thought that in 2012 it would be fun to take some time and share with you some of our favourite stories.

I’d like to start with a book that my girls absolutely love – and a book that I absolutely loved when I was a little girl (one of the coolest things ever is when you get to share a childhood love with your children, right!?)

The House that Grew by Jean Strathdee & Jessica Wallace

Rachel, her Mama, Sally and their ‘friend’ Nick (*this bit always makes me giggle – very 1979 PC!*) want to move to the country – goats, chooks and bees beckon.  They buy a section high on a hill near the sea and build a small one-roomed house.  Everything is lovely during the summer  as they spend most of their time outside.

However, as summer ends and the rain arrives, they discover that their home is too small for everyone.

Rachel had no room to spread out her toys or her jigsaws.  She became unhappy.

Sally grew cross.

Nick was gloomy.

They didn’t have enough money to add another room to the house.  Instead they decided to build a playhouse for Rachel.  The family sat down together and each person sketched a plan for the playhouse.  Rachel chose her little Umbrella-House as her favourite.

They built the playhouse quickly because it was small.  Rachel moved her books and toys into the space – and they built bunk beds for when her friends came to stay.

Rachel loved her little house and especially its pointy roof and orange finial.

Oh!  I love this story.  There is a song right at the end and we’ve read the book so many times now that I am happy to report that I don’t have to sing it alone anymore – Ava joins in – and I think that Lola and Belle will be able to sing it for me in the not too distant future!

I’m always on the look out for new books and would love you to share your favourites in the comments section below.  Do you have any stories from your own childhood that you adore reading to your bubbas now?


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2 Responses to “{bookworm} the house that grew”

  1. January 25, 2012 at 8:34 pm, Carolyn said:

    I can’t believe I didn’t write “Mum & Dad”!! What was I thinking?!
    Oh – and Happy Birthday my darling daughter (for tomorrow). I love you forever and always – your Mama.


    • January 30, 2012 at 3:33 pm, Hana said:

      Haha – funny! I think you must have been having a ‘moment’!!

      H xo


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