Product Review: The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister {Hardcover} (Geared toward ages 4-8)

Product Review:  The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister {Hardcover} (Geared toward ages 4-8)

Ernestine is about to opt out and do what no Buckmeister has ever done before: just PLAY.

An effective children’s story will reach and hold the interest of the intended audience and the (adult) reader and the beautifully illustrated The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister hits close to home.  While my husband and I try and strike a good balance in giving our daughter lots of independent play, I realized that it was me who is no stranger to overextending myself at times in my life and I really want to make sure to scale back when I do because I do not want this bad habit to rub off on my daughter.  In fact, I am going to take Ernestine’s advice and will start relaxing a bit on my daily Momma’s Bacon blog posts.  I would so love to do this blog as an actual career with multiple daily posts, but the reality is this is a fun, non-paying (passionate) hobby that I love -and maybe even one day it could be a career – but right now it does take a lot of time in between my work and family duties and I think my readers would understand if I only posted a few times each week instead of every day.  In the (paraphrased) words of Paul Simon’s “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)”, I’m going to slow down since I’ve been moving too fast.  My readers are probably a lot like myself; have a full-time job to pay the bills on top of trying to be the best spouse and parent they can be and sometimes we can forget to take time to relax without any self-inflicted deadlines.  If any of you have children out there who can relate to being too busy or this hits home personally as a parent, you will love this read and Ernestine Buckmeister’s outlook in taking control of her too busy life.

The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister is about a young girl whose schedule is filled with lots of fun and interesting after-school activities that leave her no time to sit and think with her own relaxed, free-spirited play.  She feels overbooked and overworked and since her life is just following in the footsteps of her own busy parents (Ernestine has a nanny to help her keep track of all her activities!), Ernestine has decided to take matters into her own hands by skipping out on her classes to give herself a moment to just breathe.  Living life to the fullest for Ernestine is not filling every moment with a scheduled activity and her parents (who do realize they are also completely exhausted after going into a tailspin) have the sense to give Ernestine the ability to cut down on her scheduled life going forward and give her time to just play.  This is a great read for both parents and children and don’t forget to take a look at your own busy schedules for any ways to cut down to maximize your family’s own personal play time.

About Author Linda Lodding:  Linda Lodding is no stranger to travel and moving!  A New Yorker by birth, Linda has been living in Europe for over twelve years.  A semester abroad in college led to her meeting her husband, Jan, and she followed him to Austria where she began working for UN-affiliated organizations.  Daughter Maja joined the family in 1998 and the family now resides in the Netherlands where Linda works at the United Nations as a Media & Public Affairs Officer.  Ernestine is Linda’s very first picture book!  Linda has a great overview of her life on her personal website that includes both a short(er) and long version!  Hilarious.

About Flashlight PressPicture Books That Explore and Illuminate.  Flashlight Press is a Brooklyn, NY Company that publishes up to four books each year that are touching for the entire family.  Flashlight books are distributed by the Independent Publishers Group (IPG).  Check out their catalog here as well as their upcoming release of the book Being Frank about a young boy who realizes that being honest without being hurtful is an art form.

The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister {Hardcover} (Geared toward ages 4-8)

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