**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are my own.**
In fact, make sure that you aren’t drinking hot coffee while you’re reading. Really. This is a lukewarm or cold beverage kind of book. Don’t say that I didn’t warn you.
Anyone who’s been a parent, or has taken care of a child knows, that there are a whole lot of funny situations mixed up with the poignant ones. Parenthood is often ridiculous, and Adrian Kulp, a dad who found himself going from a high profile job as an entertainment industry executive to being thrust into the role of Stay at Home Dad….a role which, in Adrian’s case, came with a little getting used to and much hilarity.
Back in the day (sometime in the late 80’s)
You want to hear a terrifying statistic?
According the a poll released by the Pearson Foundation, 75% of Americans don't know that two-thirds of low-income households have absolutely NO books in their home suitable for or designed for children under the age of 5.
What does this mean?
A terrifyingly high number of children are starting school at a disadvantage because they are not being exposed to books from a young age.
On October 6, 2011 over 2,000,000 people across the United States will join together to read Anna Dewdney's adorable Llama, Llama Red Pajama to promote early literacy.
To join in and do your part, just take the pledge to Read for the Record which reads:
I love how-to home books–recipes, projects, organizational tips. I love them so much, that I am a pretty easy shot at the supermarket checkout line…I often thumb through Martha Stewart, Rachel Ray, Real Simple and have to display huge amounts of restraint not to bring them all home 🙂
That being said, I was pretty excited to get the opportunity from the One2One network to preview a copy of Heather Solos's book Home-Ec 101, based on her blog of the same name. I was actually pretty disappointed when, as a result of too much interest in the campaign, I was only given one chapter to read: Meal Planning:Not Just for the Control Freaks. I was even more disappointed that it was the chapter on meal planning, because that it not the area that I really need the most advice.
Seriously? This is like having the Beatles or Elvis of kooky young childrens' literature singing, and reading and signing her own work.
Yes, I am more than a little star struck.
I am also heartbroken that because it is on Saturday and I am Sabbath-observant, I will be missing it.
You, however, do not have to…so here's the 411:
Sandra Boynton will be on-hand to first present a short musical revue and then a booksigning at Books of Wonder (18 West 18th Street between 5th and 6th Aves) on December 4 from 12-2pm. Books of Wonder is also hosting the first ever New York City gallery exhibit of Boynton artwork (signed limited edition prints available).