"The Big Red Barn," by Margaret Wise Brown, is one of my favorite childrens books ever. I like it, dare I admit, even more than "Goodnight Moon" (though not as much as "Runaway Bunny.") Brown's style lulls and soothes, enchants the children she respected enough not to speak down to. It also enchants adults.
It doesn't take much to make a child happy ... playing all day, whether it's in grass or hay or not, is certainly a key start.
A little imagination turns an overcrowded kitchen table into a marvelous hideout ...
... at least until the kitty discovers where you are.
The verdict? I think she's pretty thrilled with Mama's construction.
Of course, sunny days call for venturing outside. And when a child comes to visit Mama in her crafting shed, you never know when that Mama might decide to swab on some paint to capture growing footprints ...
... or even write a secret message in acrylics and ink right on your belly!