We Are In A Book by Mo Willems – Children’s Book Review by Caregiver Jackie Lewis
I first heard about this book when I started subbing for local schools many years ago. A librarian read it to our class, and the kids LOVED it. As a substitute teacher, I thought that this would be great book to keep on hand, and it has proven to be just as useful as a caregiver.
The book is about an elephant and a pig that realize they are the subjects of a book, and the reader is reading a story about themselves! They realize this, and then panic and become sad, knowing the book will end eventually. With humor and a fun twist, this book makes all kids laugh and smile, and usually they ask to read it again and again. That is the sign of a well loved book! Because the book is different from any other children’s books I’ve read, it grips the kid’s attention, and they are interested the entire way through. It is a great book for beginning readers, but I’ve found that older children appreciate the story just as much.
The perspective told by Gerald the elephant, and Piggie the pig is fairly clever as they realize what is going on. Real-life kids, both inside and outside my classroom, have all LOVED it. It has been awarded the Geisel Award, and is extremely popular. Some kiddos say they have read it before, but they always always want to read it again. It’s a great resource to take out of your caregiver bag as the parents are leaving. It will engage the children, build their vocabulary, and bring comfort to the parents. I highly recommend buying on Amazon for around $6. Click on the title above for a non-affliliate link.
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Everything was perfect. Jessica arrived on time, the kids loved her and I felt comfortable leaving them in her care. I loved that they send a photo and a bio of the caregiver prior to arriving. We were highly satisfied and would definitely use this company again in the future.
Thank you Marion's Childcare for arranging Delma to watch our daughter this past week. She was terrific with our 11 month old and they got along wonderfully from the moment Delma arrived! I was nervous about our daughter being able to go to sleep without me to put her to bed but I didn't need to worry about a thing! Delma followed our routine and our daughter fell asleep quickly at her normal bedtime each night we were out. I recommend Delma as a caregiver for anyone looking for peace of mi(...)
Caprice was wonderful. She cared for our child while we attended a wedding and reception. She brought toys - and made our child feel comfortable right away. Caprice texted me often with updates including sweet videos of their walk/adventure on the hotel grounds. Caprice was super flexible with our return time. Gentle and kind nature. Lucky us. She also taught me a dynamite secret. She created a little, cozy sleep nest of pillows and stuffed animals for our child on the large king sized bed (...)
Cori was outstanding. Our 18 month was sick enough that he'd been to urgent care that morning, but she was unflappable. She arrived, as promised, with a bunch of fun toys -- the stuffed dog and truck were big hits. And, even though I think it wasn't the easiest of evenings for either of them, we were able to attend the wedding of our closest friends confident that our son was in good hands.
But we couldn't of been happier. Caprice just clicked with Chloe. She immediately started playing with Chloe and really took the time to get to know her routines and what all she needed while we were gone. Chloe just loved her and didn't cry one bit while I was away. Caprice took her for walks and even had her asleep when we got back. We were so pleased with Caprice the first night we asked for her a second night!
We stayed at the Grand Del Mar over President's week and Caprice came one night to babysit. I just wanted to say how lovely she was. She was very kind, clearly very experienced, and a pleasure to work with.
Thanks so much.
I want to send along the thanks for Hayley's work for us. She had an incredible disposition for caring for Jeffery. This was our first time on vacation with him and he never had an issue with a babysitter before, but being in a hotel seemed to really scare him when we leave and she did an AMAZING job calming him down and being prepared to entertain him. She did a really, really great job. - D.
Hi Amy, Kathy was awesome! We are most appreciative of the great care Kathy provided us, she is simply the best! We thank you for your great service, and look forward to using your services again soon & will highly recommend to others. Thank you! Sai
Thank you so much for the excellent Nanny service, last weekend :) My boys, Benjamin, Jacob and Matthew thoroughly enjoyed Michelle. She was such a delight! A true lifesaver... Your service is fantastic!
I will definitely use your service again.
Guest at Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula
I just wanted to let you know that Emily was FANTASTIC! Dempsey had so much fun with her and was asking about her even when we got back home to Dallas. Thanks so much for all of your help setting us up with her!
B.G. - Guest at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
Just wanted to thank you again for sending Kathy to watch our twins during our recent weekend in San Diego. We loved her, and our boys clearly did too! Having her two days in a row helped all of us relax knowing they were in her capable hands. - Mom of Twins staying at the Estancia La Jolla.
Karen Simpson babysat our baby Kelly at La Valencia. Karen is outta sight!! She brought all the right toys!! Wow loaded for bear and baby Kelly Was very happy!! All the love and gratitude to Karen for two days of sitting helped us be able to Get out for 4 hours the first day and 7 hours for the wedding second day. We felt comfortable and at peace knowing our Baby was in good hands. We felt the trust!
God bless Karen!
We had the pleasure of having Caprice from Marion's Childcare watch our two-year-old daughter, Olivia, on August 2. Caprice was wonderful! She was very loving, receptive, and bonded with Olivia within seconds. My husband and I were very relieved and were able to enjoy our evening out without worrying about our girl.
Guest at the Sheraton San Diego
We had Nancy M as our daughters' sitter last week while we were staying at the La Costa resort. I was so impressed with her experience and the way she bonded with our two daughters, who are almost 2 and 4. We felt very lucky to have her and it was extremely reassuring to have someone so experienced and gentle-natured taking care of our daughters. Nancy came very prepared and really took an effort in entertaining our children.
Your agency is very lucky to have such a wonderful woma(...)
Thanks for Emily! Our kids really liked her. She came prepared with a suitcase of toys. I really recommend her for other parents!
Thank you. J.M.
We spent four nights in San Diego for a seminar and we brought our nine-year-old, super-energetic daughter with us. We found Marion's Childcare online and after reading about a young woman named Abigail L we decided to book her for the three days. We are extremely happy that we did, as our daughter had the best time with Abigail. They played for hours in the hotel pool, and Abigail kept up with our daughter's high energy throughout the day.
Your sitter Rachel A was amazing. Thank you. We would like to request her every time if possible. She was delightful, engaging, and talented. Thanks J. (The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe)
Just wanted to let you know that we loved India and will look forward to using her in the future... Thx, M.E.
Hi Amy - I just wanted to thank you and let you know how awesome Emily was this weekend! We truly appreciated her and how well she did with Carter. Amanda
Kimberly M was great. She took care of our toddler son at the hotel; showed up on time, kept him busy with toys and even texted us once (not too much!) during the evening to let us know he'd gone to bed and was doing well. Very nice. - SG
Just wanted to say Liz was great today. Boys had fun and she was well liked right from the start. Thanks again for the peace of mind while working.
Hi, I just wanted to give feedback for Caprice: we had her watch our two kids for two nights in a row at Hotel del Coronado. She was fantastic, caring, and very thorough. She kept us at ease by sending text and video updates. Absolutely a five star.
I just wanted to say thank you so much! We were put at ease when Chelsie came, so much so we booked her the next evening. While she didn't have to interact with the kids because they were already in bed, I immediately felt comfortable that if Wesley were to wake up he would have been in good hands. We were traveling with another couple who have a daughter (close friends of ours) & it meant so much that we were able to feel so comfortable to get out for a few hours.
Melinda was very kind, and ready to play with my girls! She filled me in on all the details of the night when I returned. I had never done anything like this before but this was an excellent experience for me and for my daughters. Thank you for a job well done!
I stayed at the Loews Coronado, and the concierge referred me to your service.
I was paired with a wonderful caregiver name Dina D, from the minute I met her I felt very comfortable with Dina. But most importantly, Bonita immediately took to Dina's warmth and good nature. I was so pleased, which allowed me to concentrate on my business meetings.
We received this award for our service to the Operations Group during their Army Ball this evening! It was so nice of them to honor us during their event!
Hello, Donna was very nice and my kids had fun. It was their first babysitting experience and thank you for making it memorable one.
"Kimberly was AWESOME! Kids had a blast! Thank you." - Resident of East Village, San Diego
Hi Amy, I just wanted to let you know that I am extremely pleased with Paulina. She is a fabulous nanny and great with kids. Thank you. - Guest at the Hotel del Coronado
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for sending Paulina to babysit for me today! She was absolutely amazing with my 18 month old son. She brought fun puzzles and books for him and kept him on schedule with his nap time. Also, when she left, I realized that she even took the time to organize his toys!!! We just moved here from Pennsylvania so her helping out when she didn't need to was a HUGE help. Also, I was so relieved to find your services in general, especially for not knowing anyo(...)
Thank you for sending us Melinda! She was so sweet and wonderful. The kids loved her and so did the parents! ---Nancy M
Just to let you know that Caitlin did an outstanding jobs babysitting for us during our San Diego trip. You have a terrific caregiver.
Paulina was fantastic! We could not be happier with the service she provided while we were in San Diego. Our sons were happy and well-rested after their time with her (which is saying a lot for a three-year-old on vacation). When my meetings got done early one day, my older son insisted that he still get to build a sand castle with Miss Paulina as they had planned.
A note to the concierge at the Grand Del Mar:
"Just thought I'd let you know that the sitter, Ashley, from the service you contract with, might have been the best sitter my kids have EVER had. Well done!
We used Marion's Childcare on NYE of this year for a friends wedding at the Omni. It was flawless! The booking process was very easy. Amy was very responsive and the rate was better than any other agency I found. We have a two year old and a newborn, so they recommended Donna. Donna was amazing. She showed up on time and brought her own toys and books. She texted us throughout the night to let us know how the kids were doing which was very reassuring.
I wanted to quickly send this email with my gratitude towards Brittany. My wife and I were skeptical hiring an outside nanny, but our experience with Brittany was ideal and we are so thankful it went well. Thank you for your trusted services.
Just wanted to let you know Caprice was AMAZING!!! Thank you so much.
Shira S, guest at the Rancho Bernardo Inn
Loved Kathy! She was a fantastic nanny to my two crazy boys! Will most definitely be recommending your firm to others traveling to Cali based on two phenomenal experiences!! - Sommer B
Thank you so much for Teri S! She did a great job with our girls these past 2 days. Thank you! Made us both working so much easier!
Melinda did a FANTASTIC job. So professional and nice. Arianna had so much fun too!!
"Christina was wonderful. Our little Jack loved her. Thank you for your service." - Maureen N
Hi Amy, My name is Julia W. and Colleen C. babysat my two children on this past Saturday at the Coronado Island Marriott. She was great!! My children had a fun and educational time with her. I just want to say "thank you" to your company's service. I would highly recommend anyone who needs babysitting service in San Diego area. Have a good day!
I forgot to follow up with after using your hotel child care service and working with Phyllis. She is A++++. I truly feel like the baby loved her!
I just wanted to write and thank you for your help in providing a caregiver for my mom and Aidan (my grandson). We enjoyed Ann very much. She was very professional, friendly, and provided enjoyable companionship for my mom. Ann was a real lifesaver during my daughter's wedding activities.
I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how fantastic Jackie Lewis was! She arrived at our room with a bag full of toys for the girls and immediately started playing with them. The girls liked her instantly and they barely even fussed when we left the room. It was so nice to be able to relax at the wedding and know that the girls were being well taken care of. She was fabulous!
I have meant to email you for a couple of weeks! I am sure you know this, but I just want you to now what a great babysitter Carly was to our children! She was kind, fun, entertaining and in control of them! It was wonderful for us to have such a good sitter away from our home!
Thank you so much,
Just a note to let you know are very pleased we were with Joy and the services of your company. Our kids had a great time and from the moment she arrived we felt very comfortable leaving our children with her. She sent us a text mid-way through the evening, just to let us know everything was going well.
The next day, when our daughter bought a Koala bear at the zoo, she named it "Joy"!
Please express our thanks to her again.
We are home after our great visit to San Diego and wanted to let you know how much we loved Shanna! Our six year old woke up a few days ago and the first thing she said was how much she missed Shanna. Both girls had so much fun with her. Shanna's extra little touches, like sending photos, really went above and beyond the call of duty. Shanna surpassed our expectations and made our vacation memorable for everyone in the family.
Hi Amy. We worked with Jen P for the past three days and I wanted to let you know how delighted we were with her. She is the best childcare provider I've ever worked with. She is awesome. She is an incredible ambassador for your company and I was thrilled with our experience all the way around! Thank you. I will be a repeat customer! - Kathleen S
Amy -- just a note to let you know that Amy E was absolutely fantastic. She had an immediate connection with our son, and he was great with having a sitter on back to back nights -- something that we really just do not do at home. He was very happy to be with her. I would happily recommend her, and wish she lived closer to us in Washington, DC!
The entire experience from start to end was absolutely fantastic, professional and easy. Although my daughter is 10, this is her first experience with a babysitter, and mine as well. I wish you were in our hometown. I would recommend you to anyone and everyone. The caregiver, Charlotte, was lovely, and my daughter absolutely loved her. She was punctual (and I needed her at 5:25 am), likeable and I felt safe leaving her to care for my daughter. Kudos to you and your staff.
Wanted to express our thanks for caring for our fur-babies while we went to the Padres game. Caprice was wonderful. Our immediate impression was one of calm, gentle, capability. I felt she took the task of looking after our dogs as seriously as the 'real' children she cares for. Fantastic service, professional company. Wish there was a Marion's Childcare in every city we travel to! :)
Oscar had a superb time with Ann! Ann followed his regular night time routine and Oscar went to sleep without a hitch! Ann was so great in asking all the right questions to make sure that Oscar would not have any problems. As we left for the evening (on both nights), Oscar happily looked at us and continued playing. We knew immediately that Oscar would be in great hands!
I just wanted to tell you how pleased we were with both Donna and Caprice. They were both excellent! Matt and I felt so comfortable leaving Emmy with them and appreciated their updates throughout the evening.
We wanted to write a note of thanks for matching us with Caprice. What a wonderful care giver and exactly what we were looking for. We loved her professional style, willingness to help with all aspects with our family and most of all her flexibility. Vacations are such a precious time for us all and having Caprice help made it possible for us to have the best time.
Amy, I just wanted to take a moment and let you know how wonderful Donna was Friday and Saturday evening. We have a 7 week old and leaving her, in a strange city, was very nerve racking. Donna was so calm, comfortable and confident it really made it a wonderful experience. She was very natural with the baby, and just oozed experience. She stayed in touch with us all evening via text which was wonderful!! We can't thank you, and her enough, for such a wonderful experience.
Good morning Amy. Thank you very much for giving me Caprice. She is wonderful!! She is exactly what you said about her: lovely, safety conscious, gentle, engaging. I really felt safe with her, and my kids felt comfortable with her in the house.
I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed having Ann watch our son this past week during our trip. She was fantastic with him and she put us both at ease. Christian had so much fun with Ann and greeted her with a big smile the second night. :) It was such a pleasant surprise to find that she, and the majority of your company, are believers! We will definitely remember your company when we are in the area again.
My daughters had a wonderful time in San Diego. Miss Linda had them out of the hotel every day exploring the city and going swimming. She also brought fun crafts and activities for them to do at the hotel. It all turned our perfectly: I got my work done knowing that my daughters were being well cared for and they had a fun vacation in a wonderful city. Thank you!!!
Joshua had a great time. Jennifer, our caregiver from Marion's Childcare, was courteous, professional, and a great help to me while I was in conferences all day. She and Joshua took in all sorts of fun activities including the zoo, the Children's Museum, Belmont Park and the USS Midway museum. Joshua can't wait to visit San Diego again, and we will definitely be return customers with Marion's Childcare. Jennifer, Canada
I want to thank you for all you and your staff have done for us these last three years. without all of you, our retreats would not have been successful. It has truly been a pleasure working with you. I look forward to continuing our partnership together in providing World Class retreats for our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen.
Jennifer worked out VERY well. Chase, especially, loved her. I didn't get the details of the childcare, but I know the quality was very good. Thanks so much.
My son who does not warm very easily, warmed very quickly to Stacy and LOVED the train set (as well as all the other toys) that she brought. My daughter who is going through a strong attachment period with me, was playing and laughing with Stacy as well. Both kids didn't seem to care when we left both nights. When we returned both nights we heard my son recount the games he played with Stacy and the fun he had with the toys she brought.
This was the first time that I have left my children with anyone other then family and she was fabulous. Our children loved Maureen!!! She showed up with a suitcase and a lot of energy. I can’t complement her enough on what a wonderful job she did and we are so grateful for her services. So we just wanted to say thank you to you and your company for services. And Maureen for helping making our trip so much better!!