The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day When the sun is out and the wind is still, You're one month on in the middle of May. But if you so much as dare to speak, A cloud comes over the sunlit arch, A wind comes off a frozen peak, And you're two months back in the middle of March. A bluebird comes tenderly up to alight And turns to the wind to unruffle a plume, His song so pitched as not to excite A single flower as yet to bloom. It is snowing a flake; and he half knew Winter was only playing possum. Except in color he isn't blue, But he wouldn't advise a thing to blossom.
Taken from Robert Frost's "Two Tramps In Mud Time"
Just found these super cute animals and thought they'd make great basket stuffers.
Adam has a Douglas pug named Skip; he sleeps with him every night. It is super easy to clean; from grape juice to poop (don't ask), it all comes off with a spritz of stain remover and a wash cycle on cold. The company is based in Keene, NH, and I like supporting businesses from my home state when I can. They are generally quite affordable (most around $10) and would be perfect for younger children because of their cost and how cuddly they are.
The animals by Hansa are beautiful and strikingly realistic. They have every kind of animal from Kiwi birds to Wart Hogs to German Shepherds. The recommended age is above 3 years; they would probably better appreciate the life-likeness of the animals more than a one or two year old. Hansa also includes a card with educational habitat information about the particular animal.
Let me show you. The critters on the left are from Hansa, and on the right, from Douglas.