On Wednesday I did something I said I wasn’t going to do as a parent; I let my son play hooky from school. I had a chance to meet a friend and decided it wouldn’t be the end of the world if I let my son skip one day of Kindergarten to come along and play a round of minigolf with his sister and my friend’s son. Hopefully this doesn’t bite me in the butt later down the road!
Since we were already out and about, we also decided to meet up with my husband for lunch. We ended up with a bit of time to kill in between, so I decided to take a stroll through Chapters and finally check out the new American Girl section in the West Edmonton Mall store.
On our way out of the children’s section of the store, I happened upon this beautiful Finding Dory inspired book on the shelf of Staff Picks. I was immediately drawn to Three Little Words because of the soft watercolors and beautiful imagery, and once I read the message inside I knew it was one I wanted to add to our collection.
Thumbing through the pages, Amy Novesky’s main three little word message is to “Just Keep Swimming”. It is such a great motto for all facets of life and I could see this making a great gift for many of the children and adults in my life. My favorite page in particular states “When you’re surrounded by a bunch of crabs…don’t let them get you down.”
I absolutely love the illustrations by Grace Lee in this book, and the soft soothing colors. I actually hand painted fish all over my bedroom walls when I was younger and have long been fascinated with fish and all things colorful under the sea. This books brings this to life with Dory, Nemo, Crush and all the other familiar characters we have grown to know and love.
I left the store without the book, but on the drive home realized it might make the perfect book for this Graduation Gift Idea I had seen on Cleverly Simple. I hadn’t originally planned to do this project, but with my son finishing Kindergarten it is the perfect time to get a start on it. My love of all things Disney/Pixar definitely helped sway the decision, and last night I found myself driving all the way back to the store to buy the book and send in with a note for the teacher today.
I am looking forward to filling the book up with special messages and memories from each of my son’s teachers in the years ahead. It is going to make a great graduation gift for him down the road – although I will try not to think too much about that because it makes me a bit teary.
If you need an inspiring gift for a special someone in your life (or even yourself) definitely check out this great book!