Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is most notably used in the treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. But in truth, ALL children experience problem behaviors at some point in their lives - from the “terrible twos” to the rebellious teen years. This blog is designed to provide an overview of ABA and how it can be a useful tool for typically developing children, teenagers, and even your husband;)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

My First Book Review!

First, let me say I am flattered that anyone would ask me to review a book and blog about it.  I mean, I'm just a mom with a blogging hobby.  I'm no Heather "Dooce" Armstrong with 1.5M Twitter followers.  Second, it was kinda fun to review a book!  Third, I'm still amazed at the connections you can make in the world through social media.  Exploring these connections through the blogging world is proving to be very enjoyable!  With that said, this post has nothing to do with ABA, but it does have to do with our children.  Lillie LOVES to read books every night at bedtime.  She'll pick book after book after book until we finally say "Last one, time to get in bed".  I've really enjoyed reliving my old children's books as well as exploring some new favorites with my daughter.   

This week Marta Cappa sent me one of the acts from her Stories from Slumber Village book titled "The Best Grandma in the World".  It was, of course, about becoming the best grandma.  At first glance I wasn't in love with the illustrations.  I wasn't quite sure what exactly the characters were.  I assumed they were cats as they had whiskers.  My daughter assumed the same.  As usual she asks "what's that?" to which I replied "I don't know?"  "Kitties?"  So we did a little poking around at Slumber Village and guess what?  They're guinea pigs!  Now THAT's a character you don't see everyday!  We also find out the illustrations are watercolor.  Also something you don't see everyday.  Pretty unique but somehow less appealing than the illustrations of the stories we typically read.   As I continued to read the story, the illustrations didn't much matter.  The story was heartwarming.  Initially the book spoke to me more as a parent and future (way WAY in the future, God willing and supposing my daughter takes a path to motherhood) grandparent.  I wondered if my own parents (first time grandparents) felt these same emotions as they became more than just Mom and Dad but Nana, Grampa, and Granny.

Let me tell you about the story.  Bonny Pea was anxiously awaiting a call from the doctor.  He promised to let her know when he had a grandbaby for her to hold.  But she didnt yet know how to be a grandmother.  She didnt want to be just any ol' grandmother.  She wanted to be the best.  So with the help of her friends they tried to find all the qualities of a really great grandmother.  But poor Bonnie Pea just didn't measure up.  Before they could even come up with her very own special grandmother name the doctor calls.  Oh no, shes not ready!  As they visit the baby in the hospital, Grandmother Pea finally receives her special name.  You'll have to read the book to find out how.  I wonder if Bonnie ever figured out her special grandma talent? 

You can find out more about Marta Cappa and her Stories from Slumber Village here.  Grandparents day is Sunday, September 9th.  Why not purchase this heartwarming story for the grandparents in your life?! 

1 comment:

  1. I love these books and have given a number as gifts! Perfect for new grandparents! The illustrations are charming and introduce you to those precious litlle guys in such a nice way.