Kay here. Are you as excited about December as I am?
I love December. Where I live, it means snow! Lot’s of snow for sledding and for making a snowman.
My brother Jay and I love playing in the snow. We also love the snow because… well… the Crabbies can’t get around as easily. They slip and slide and PLOP! They’re flat on their stomachs!
Last December, King got this silly idea to make a snowman and he had Too-Tired, Achy and Can’t-Do help. How funny is that?
Of course, Too-Tired was too tired to do anything and Achy was too sick to help. Can’t-Do didn’t even want to try. King called to Hurry-Up to help, but he learned fast that he was wearing the wrong kind of skates!
Finally, King built a snowman all by himself. Miss Becky snapped a picture when he finished.
When Miss Becky takes the CrabbieMasters out to build a snowman, we will be sure she takes a picture. We think… no, we know… we can do better than King!
Happy December, everyone!
Hi! Kay here!
I was once a student in Miss Becky’s preschool. That’s where I learned to beat the Crabbies.
Miss Becky makes beating the Crabbies lots of fun. There are so many former students who wish they could be back in her class, even if only for one day.
Miss Becky is the creator of the Crabbies, and she’s the author of all the books about them. My brother Jay and I are going to convince Miss Becky to make a short video explaining how the Crabbies were created. Won’t that be fun to learn!
I’ll give you a hint… there might be something about a group hug!
Today, all us CrabbieMasters had a big group hug! We called it Group Hug Day and we think every day should be Group Hug Day.
Whenever you have a hug day, we hope it’s a happy one!
Hip Hip Hooray!
This has been a challenging week for the CrabbieMasters, but we BEAT THOSE CRABBIES!
It all started yesterday. Jay was running late and Mom was worried that he’d be late for school and she’d be late for work.
He stayed up late playing a game on his iPad, and he was too tired to get up. He knew he wasn’t supposed to be up past his bedtime, but he did.
“You need to get up, get dressed and come eat,” Mom called to him.
“I’m too tired,” Jay said. “Can’t I just go back to sleep? I don’t feel like going to school today.”
“Jay, you hurry up and get down here.” Mom was not happy.
Jay rolled out of bed and went into the bathroom. That’s when he saw them.
Too-tired, Hungry and Hurry-Up!
They were looking at Jay, laughing.
That’s all Jay needed to see.
He knew he was wrong to stay up past his bedtime, and he knew he had to beat the Crabbies.
He dressed, went to the kitchen, told Mom he was sorry he was late and he sat at the table and ate the cereal Mom had prepared for him.
As we left the house, we all turned and waved at the Crabbies!
“Nice try, guys! Maybe next time– NOT!
Have a happy weekend!
Jay and Kay love to read and since tomorrow is Veterans Day, they are sharing some of their favorite books about this very special day.
Veterans Day, by Mir Tamim Ansary
What happens on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month of the year? This book will dive into the chronicle of Veterans Day with great detail. Perfect for little history buffs and parents who may need a refresher when your kids start asking you questions. Together you will find greater understanding of this important public holiday and why this day might just have special meaning for you and your family.
Rags: Hero Dog of WWII, by Margot Theis Raven, illustrated by Petra Brown
Not all veterans of war are human, and this true story shows us how canines have been used as soldiers of war since World War I. Found on the streets of Paris by Private James Donovan, Rags was brought back to base and put to work. He learned to help clear trenches, deliver messages, and even salute! The muted illustrations show the dark time of war, but spare the reader from grim details. Dog lovers will enjoy learning about this furry war veteran and the capacity of one dog to be loyal to a country, as well as to the solder who took him in.
H is for Honor, by Devin Scillian, illustrated by Victor Juhasz
This alphabet picture book delves into everything military—from history, to the meaning of ranks and divisions, to what it is like to be a military child. Navy SEALS, Green Berets, and Army Rangers are written about in more detail, and pictures reveal what life on base is really like. Together, you and your child will discover the meaning of patriotism and have an opportunity to discuss courage and commitment. After this book, your little one may be interested in sending off a care package to a soldier overseas.
The Poppy Lady, by Barbara Walsh, illustrated by Layne Johnson
Based on a true story, this picture book follows Moina Belle Michael, a schoolteacher from Georgia who was determined to find a way to honor and remember soldiers. Moina set out to make the poppy a symbol of remembrance; her determination paid off and today, the poppy is a familiar symbol of Veterans Day. With detailed drawings and information on the period surrounding world War I, this book is a powerful way to share with your child what it means to serve your country. Once you have read this book together, your little one will be spotting red poppies everywhere you go.
Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond Between a Soldier and His Service Dog, by Luis Carlos Montalvan and Bret Witter, photographs by Dan Dion
When a service member returns home from war, they sometimes suffer from injuries to their body, their mind, and their spirit. This story is about a service dog by the name of Tuesday who helps a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Based on a true story and told through the eyes of Tuesday, this picture book helps children understand the true day to day life of a returning veteran. The adorable pictures of Tuesday will be sure to please your child, while also providing an example of how service dogs can help veterans.
These are Jay and Kay’s favorites. Do you have a favorite?
We here at Team CrabbieMasters pay honor and respect to those who served and those who now serve in our military.
We love November!
Do you know why?
Thanksgiving! That’s why!
Our mouths are already watering for turkey. We’ll have a big feast with all kinds of good things to eat.
We’ll have turkey and gravy and potatoes and carrots and sweet potatoes and pie! We’ll have corn and squash and stuffing and cranberries. But what we like best about Thanksgiving is all the healthy food we get to eat.
We don’t have to worry about the Crabbies coming around. They are busy hiding. We aren’t sure why they hide, but we like that they do. Maybe they don’t want to become dinner!
We like November too because the 11th is Veterans Day. For 98 years, Americans have remembered those who served our country in uniform on 11 November – first as Armistice Day, and then, since 1954 as Veterans Day. In this 99th year of commemoration, the Department of Veterans Affairs is broadening that tradition of observance and appreciation to include both Veterans and Military Families for the entire month of November.
We like that!
What fun things do you like to do in November? Do you live where the leaves change into pretty colors? Do you like to pick chestnuts and acorns? Do you like the smell of the rain?
We hope you like November as much as we do!
Until next time… remember to POWER-UP whenever you see those Crabbies sneaking around,
Jay and Kay
It’s one week until Halloween, and the Crabbies are practicing going door to door.
They love Halloween, especially Junk-Food and Achy. Do you know why?
You guessed it! Candy. Lots and lots of candy. Nothing makes Junk-Food happier than kids overeating sweet treats, and gooey ones too! The Crabbies are so excited, they can hardly contain themselves.
King is excited too! All those kids waking up the day after with tummy aches.
We know all CrabbieMasters know how to beat the Crabbies, and that means not overeating. A little candy is okay, but eating say… the whole bucketful in one night… is an invitation for Achy to come for a visit.
You don’t want that and neither do we, so POWER-UP and be ready for TRICK OR TREATING.
Don’t let the Crabbies ruin the day!
Sometimes, the Crabbies aren’t as tough as they think they are.
Can’t-Do is happy to be home after all the traveling the Crabbies did. But, getting Can’t-Do home wasn’t easy.
He was afraid to take a plane.
He was afraid to take a train.
And there was no way he was getting on the subway!
He wouldn’t get on a boat
And he wouldn’t ride a goat.
He refused to get in a car.
And so, he walked.
That’s why the Crabbies took so long to get home. Too bad they don’t know how to POWER-UP! Tee hee. It’s a secret. We won’t tell them how to do it.
Shhhhhhhh! Let’s keep it our secret!