Welcome to Aloha Friday! This weeks question will take you back to your childhood and make you use your imagination. Here it is:
Have you ever wished that you could jump into the world of a book you read as a child or read to your children? What book would it be and why?
As a child, parent and teacher I have often thought about this as I read amazing stories with beautiful illustrations. Of course, I never thought that it would actually happen in my life. A few weeks ago the world of the Berenstain Bears came alive when we went to visit the Strong Museum of Play. When I was growing up I read lots of the Berenstain Bear books and loved them. NHL has read a few and we now plan on many more.
When you walk up to the area you are greeted by the Berenstain Bear family. Mama, Papa, Brother and Sister are all waiting to welcome you to the amazing world that they live in.
There are seven areas to explore within the Berenstain Bear area. Here is information from the Strong Museum website and photos of the kids playing within them:
Mama Bear’s Quilt Shop: Design your own quilt or work at the counter to sell and buy quilts, just like Mama Bear! Centuries-old quilts from Strong’s collection decorate the shop.
Papa Bear’s Woodworking Shop: Put on a work apron and build your own creations with pretend tools and wooden construction toys.
Bear Family Restaurant: Be a customer or part of the restaurant staff in this pretend diner inspired by Burger Bear.
Dr. Bearson’s Dentist Office: Don a lab coat and play dentist with a giant set of teeth and oversized dental tools.
Farmer Ben’s Farm: Visit a barn, barnyard, and fruit and vegetable stand filled with learning activities.
1. Cousin S selling produce, 2. The little guy wants some fruit, 3. Sending things up and away, 4. Ready to catch the items, 5. Time to collect eggs, 6. Are they good or bad eggs
Brother and Sister Bear’s Club Houses: Make tin-can telephone calls from club house to club house and play silly sentence spinning games.
Bear Country School Art Class: Create a Berenstain Bears-themed masterpiece to take home or plink out a familiar tune on the Bear Band xylophone.
We spent quite a lot of time in this part of the museum. My two boys and niece loved running around and exploring all of the items within. Of course, now the boys want to read more Berenstain Bear books, which is fine with me!
Thanks to Kailani at An Island Life for starting this fun for Friday. Please be sure to head over to her blog to say hello and sign the Mr. Linky there if you are participating.
I’d like to jump into Dora The Explorer books because she’s always on an adventure. I know lots of people think she’s annoying, but she isn’t to me, I just love her and Boots!
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As a child, I always loved the book “Oh What a Busy Day” by Gyo Fujikawa. I dreamed of being one of the kids in that book. My kids like it too! The illustrations are just so charming and inviting.
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I want to jump into Alice in Wonderland, but we just did curious George
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I didn’t wish it, per se, but my children have this beautifully illustrated puff the magic dragon book. It looks like a wonderful place to visit and play in!
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Peter Pan, I would love to fly off to the second star on the right and just spend a day. How exciting that would be.
A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the Pooh. The Hundred Acre Wood always seemed like a lovely place.
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Yes! All of the If You Give a Mouse…. that series of books. I want to eat lots of cookies. lol
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what cute pics.
i read all the nancy drew books and always wanted to be right there with her – or to BE her.
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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Then I wouldn’t have to cook dinner ever it would just pour from the sky three times a day!
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Yes, I used to wish I could live in Narnia when I was a kid. (WAY before they made movies about it)
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Little House on The Prairie….always wanted to be an Ingalls girl, LOL!
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I always wished that I could help Nancy Drew solve mysteries! *L*
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That’s a pretty cool exhibit. I would have to say that it would be cool to be in the Backyardigans. My daughter loves the books on them that we have and they always seem to have the most fun adventures!
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My son and I have had discussions about how cool it would be if the Harry Potter stories were true (not the Voldemort parts, of course!).
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As a librarian…I’m so diggin’ that exhibit!
There are so many books I love…hmmm…My favorite and one I’d love to jump into would be Each Peach Pear Plum. It’s a great rhyming book with a lot going on!
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I love the Berenstain Bears! I would like to jump into “The Phantom Tollbooth.” I loved that book as a kid, and just recently re-read it. It is a totally cool book.
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That looks like a really fun place to take the kids.
As for a book it would be fun to jump into Thomas The Tank Engines world. Riding and working the rails all day and such a fun island.
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Great question…probably the Little House books.
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That looks like so much fun!!!!!! I totally wanted to be part of the Babysitter’s Club when I was a kid.
Such fun!!! Hannah would love to jump into a Berenstein Bears book!! She’d really love to jump into a book we have called “Ladybug Girl”. I’d probably pick a Max and Ruby book so I could find out where their parents are at!!
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We love the Strong Museum here at the BMB house.
I read so many books when I was little so I’m not sure what book I would’ve liked to come alive. I think one of my daughters wishes she could go inside a Harry Potter book.
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This is a great question. Hmmm…..I would pick Charlie and the Chocolate Factory because I love candy and sweets. I always thought it would be fun to eat all the goodies.
My son would want to jump in a Thomas and Friends books. He actually asks me to go to Sodor quite often.
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I would jump into a Nancy Drew mystery. Fun.
I would love to visit the world of Bumble Jumble. What great photos! Looks like your family had a wonderful time!
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gotta love those Bears!
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That looks so fun!!
I would’ve loved to jump into Anne of Green Gables or The Babysitter’s Club. lol Actually, I tried to start my own “Babysitter’s Club” out of my bedroom closet. Hahaha!
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