How Much is too Much? The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister

TheBusyLifeofErnestineBuckmeister9780979974694 c1 150x150 How Much is too Much? The Busy Life of Ernestine BuckmeisterBeing over-scheduled is a hot topic these days.  It’s tempting for well-meaning parents to want to give their children all the advantages possible. But an over-stimulating schedule can leave the whole family feeling frazzled and out-of-control.

A brand new book, The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister takes a humorous approach to this topic.  Ir’s written by Linda Ravin Lodding and illustrated beautifully by Suzanne Beaky.  Ernestine is a busy child–so busy that Nanny O’Dear has to keep her on a schedule every day of the week.  Will it be tuba with Mr. Umpah, yodeling with Little Old Lady Hoo, or perhaps sculpting with Clay Lumpkin?   There’s lots to do in life that’s lots of fun, but when Mr. and Mrs. Buckmeister try to keep up with the rigors of Ernestine’s day-to-day activities, they’re worn out!  They find out the hard way that too much stuff to do and not enough time for play and relaxation can cause anyone to be a bit frazzled.

This is a charming book to share with kids and parents as the new school year gets underway.  There will be many new things kids will beg to get involved in, but wise parents will make room for lots of “free” time as well.

This would be a great book to add to a school lending library.  We will be giving it away soon in a contest.  Stay tuned!

2 Responses to “How Much is too Much? The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister”

  1. Thank you so much for such a lovely review! I do hope that Ernestine reminds us all to make time for play.

    For a bit more Ernestine, you can
    see the book trailer:

    order the book:

    or just visit me:

    Playfully yours,


  2. Edna Wallace says:

    I absolutely loved the book! I also reviewed it for our December Parent Pages newsletter which will be mailed or emailed to our distributors on September 20th. We’ll send you a pdf of that issue for your files. Our newsletter is distributed through school districts, universities, hospitals, Head Starts, and independent child care and military programs throughout the U. S. and several other countries. I think play is vital for children — thanks for such a light-hearted read on such an important issue. Hopefully, teachers and parents will find it irresistible.
    Much success, Edna

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