Wednesday, February 25, 2009

books, books, books!

Between dropping Liam off at school yesterday and my final midwife appointment, Simon, Andrew and I headed to one of my favorite places to kill an hour... Value Village. I've found some great kitchen accessories and clothes there in the past, but yesterday was the first time I took the time to carefully go through the book shelves.


Clearly most Quebecois don't buy used english books at Value Village! We made quite the haul. Many are modern kids' classics and almost all are in brand new condition. The boys' favorite so far is The Gruffalo, a book that Liam had had read to him at Xavier's. (Susie, I think Toby would really like this one... have you heard of it?)

Here are the other books we found. We're keeping some, but about half are destined for the bookshelves of a certain yet-to-be-born niece whose arrival we are anxiously awaiting... Wanna guess which ones, Sara??

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Brave Binou by Dominique Jolin
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
Snoozers by Sandra Boynton
Oups! by David Shannon
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyse
One fish two fish red fish blue fish by Dr Seuss
The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
Dinosaur's Binkit by Sandra Boynton
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Purple, Green and Yellow by Robert Munsch
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
The Dark by Robert Munsch
The Girl Who Hated Books by Manjusha Pawagi
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Up! by Kristine O'Connell George
If Kisses Were Colors by Janet Lawler

I figure that's about $200 worth of books all for the low price of $15.84! So for less than the price of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" -a lovely, near pristine hardcover version- we got 19 free books! I. LOVE. THRIFT. STORES.


  1. Love you Forever is creepy. Syrupy-sweet, weird, and creeeeeeepy. Burn it.

  2. Wow Amy! You hit the jackpot! Never heard of Gruffalo, probably new since I retired. I have a tune for Love You Forever, I'll have to teach you someday--the kids really liked it. There are all kinds of art projects that go with Hungry Caterpillar--great for sequencing. I was always happy to find a book in good shape at a garage sale--never thought of Value Village. By the way Daddy read the Swiss Family Robinson to Craig and I when Craig was 4 and I was 5. Chapter by chapter and we could hardly wait for the next night of hearing our new chapter. This is your father in law who was at least as active (or more) as a child as Peter was. Hey, love ya and love your blogs! A. Dianne

  3. Jake is scared of The Gruffalo...maybe I'll tell him Simon loves it and he'll decide that he, all of a sudden, loves it too!

  4. Scared of the Gruffalo?? Tell Jake to pretend he's the mouse!

  5. We have read The Gruffalo before, but don't own has been awhile, so I should check it out from the library again. What a great deal on all those books!

  6. Our family loves books,too. I never thought of checking out V.V. The next time I'm in Grande Prairie I'm going to take a look. I used to think "Love You Forever" was creepy too. Then Brendan won a free book a the school book fair and that was the book he chose. Now I love reading it to the kids!
    Dallas Reimer


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