I've always loved the idea of using a children's book as the inspiration for Muffin Tin Monday - I've admired lots of tins others have done, but I've never been quite inspired enough by a particular book to do it myself. Until now.
My daughter's newest book is also her newest favourite book: Chicken, Pig, Cow Horse Around.
I have to say, I kind of love it too - it's so very cute, and has a lovely message about making and including new friends. Chicken Pig and Cow are best friends - then one day, along comes Horse. And Chicken isn't too happy about it. She plays a trick on Horse, but then regrets it and, with the help of the others, comes to his rescue. Something to note: in the background of the pictures in this book, Girl (the human who owns the animals, which are all toys) has a new baby sibling. This is never mentioned, but Horse first appears on the same page as our first sighting of the new baby. In the last picture, when all the animals have become friends, the background shows Girl holding the baby. Clearly then, the "including-new-people" message is intended to extend to new siblings, but I would call this so subtle as to be almost subliminal. I didn't even notice it until the third time I read the book, and I'm quite sure The Muffin still hasn't noticed (although she now knows the book by heart). So not sure how useful it would be in that respect, but it's still a gorgeous book.
So anyway, here is our Chicken, Pig, Cow Horse Around Muffin Tin:
Top Row: Jam sandwich Horse with cheese mane (this is copied from a picture in the book. It is Horse's face and front hoof - he is lying on the floor, looking at Chicken); Cheese Chicken; Grapes.
Bottom Row: Rice cracker Cow; Easter egg Goldfish (some of the story occurs in and around the fishbowl); Rice cracker and ham Pig.
The After Shot:
As you can see, The Muffin was very excited about this tin, and also liked everything in it. I'll try something a bit more challenging for her next week I think! ;o)