Episode: The Donkey That No One Could Ride

Welcome back, little ones!

Do you know what a normal king looks like? Or what is his or her job?

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What do you imagine a parade would look like for a king that everyone loved?

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Today’s story

The Donkey That No One Could Ride

Written by Anthony DeStefano

&

Illustrated by Richard Cowdrey

is about a very special King

and the wonderful welcome he received as he entered the city of Jerusalem.

It was just like a parade!

Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

Matthew 21:8-9

Wow, this was a big parade – and Jesus deserved it. He had traveled all over Israel helping people, doing miracles, and telling them about God’s love. Now he was coming to the capitol, the most important city. This was something the Bible had been promising for hundreds of years. It was all finally coming together, and the people were so excited to celebrate – like they had just won the super bowl!

But there was a problem: Jesus wasn’t rich like a normal king. He didn’t have a big fancy horse or a big fancy army to go with him in this parade. Did you know how Jesus fixed that problem?

Well, today’s story tells us!

Hurry on over to Oma’s Reading Room to discover the important way Jesus was fulfilling prophecy & why the people were so excited to see him!

Let’s go!

Until next time …

Oma is sending you

her hugs and her blessings 

I do hope you’ll catch them and 

hold them real tight!

Bye-Bye!

*If you would like your very own copy of this wonderful book you can easily purchase one by clicking here!

Episode: My First Passover

Hello there, little ones!

It’s officially Spring time!

And this time of year brings a lot of exciting things with it.

Photo by Jared Don Schaaf

Flowers are popping up from the once hardened Winter soil.

Birds are busy returning to their old habitats, while building new nests for their expanding families!

But most importantly faiths of various denominations are preparing for Special Celebrations.

One such Celebration is Passover!

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Passover is a time for Jewish families and friends to celebrate their faith and shared history, with honored practices dating back centuries.

Today’s episode focuses on this wonderful Jewish holiday and I can’t wait for you to discover some of the beautiful centuries-old traditions, during our time together in Oma’s Reading Room!

My First Passover

by

author/illustrator Tomie dePaola.

Mr. dePaola is one of Oma’s all-time favorite children’s authors! His straightforward text provides simple insight into this Jewish holiday for young readers & listeners alike, while eye-catching illustrations emphasize the importance of traditional Passover items.

The Seder Plate – Photo Courtesy of Brittanica.

Hurry over and meet me in Oma’s Reading Room where we will discover together, all the many vibrant ways Mr. dePaola’s story brings the Seder Meal to life!

Let’s go!

Until next time …

Oma is sending you

her hugs and her blessings 

I do hope you’ll catch them and 

hold them real tight!

Bye-Bye!

*If you would like your very own copy of this wonderful Tomie dePaola book you can easily purchase one by clicking here! There’s even an e-version available here!

Episode: Germs Are Not for Sharing PART 2

Welcome back, little ones!

Sneezes, coughs, runny noses, spills, and messes are facts of everyday life,

especially with lots of little friends around!

And that’s why it’s never too soon to learn about

germs and ways to stay clean and healthy.

The Germs Are Not for Sharing book

by Elizabeth Verdick

is a short course for kids on what germs are,

what they do,

and why it’s so important to cover them up

blocking them from spreading

and wash them down the drain!

Today’s episode focuses on a special section for grown-ups and little ones to listen to together, which includes ideas for discussion and activities.

I do hope you’ll meet me in Oma’s Reading Room but don’t forget to bring a grown-up with you to help answer any questions you may have or so you can talk about these important things together!!

Until next time …

Oma is sending you

her hugs and her blessings

I do hope you’ll catch them and

hold them real tight!

Bye-Bye!

Episode: The Mitten

Hello there, little ones!

Oma has been filling these final cold-weather days staying indoors doing one of her favorite things…

crocheting!

What do you like to do on cold blustery days?

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Episode: Little Miss Valentine

Hello there, little ones!

Valentines of pink & red.

Special words of kindness said.

Small surprises, funny jokes,

paper hearts, and pretty notes.

The best part of

Valentine’s Day

is I get the chance to say,

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Episode: The Polar Express

Hello, my little friends!

Do you have a favorite Christmas storybook you look forward to reading each Christmas Season?

One that you love so much you will read it over and over and over again?

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Episode: Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect

Hello, my little friends!

Oma & Gompy’s very own Small Pine.

Long, long ago

in a land far away,

lived a perfect little tree named Small Pine.

Small Pine hoped to maintain its perfect form and be selected by the Queen as her Christmas tree. But as the warm-hearted little tree gave shelter to rabbits, birds, and deer in the forest, its branches became damaged. All the other trees in the evergreen forest laughed at Small Pine’s kindness and said Small Pine would never be chosen by the Queen now.

Have you ever offered help or support toward someone, even in the midst of ridicule from friends or those around you?

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Episode: Waiting

Hello, my little friends!

Winter is finally here and Oma can’t wait for the snow to arrive!

Have you ever been waiting for something?

Our storybook today is all about waiting!

And it is a 2016 Caldecott Honor book, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book as well as a New York Times best selling book.

Oma is so excited…I can hardly wait to share this special book with you, titled:

Waiting

Written and Illustrated by

Kevin Henkes

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Episode: Coat of Many Colors

Hello, my little friends!

Oma has been spending some time with her sewing basket; mending a few projects that have needed done, especially with winter on its way.

Do you have projects you enjoy working on?

One of Oma’s projects has inspired the story I have chosen for us to read together!

The Coat of Many Colors

Written by Dolly Parton

&

Illustrated by Judith Sutton

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Episode: Sophie’s Squash

Hello, my little friends!

Oma has been busy in the kitchen

&

I am so excited to bring some of that fall cooking yumminess to you in

today’s book:

Sophie’s Squash!

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