Thursday, June 27, 2013
may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back
June 27, 1936: Celebrated poet and children's book writer Lucille Clifton was born in upstate New York, 77 years ago today.
Today would be a good day to read some poetry.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
I bid the chords sweet music make,
And all must follow in my wake.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
June 26, 1284: So many nursery tales are based in reality; 729 years ago today, a piper may have lured 130 children from the village of Hamelin, giving rise to the Pied Piper story. It later inspired a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Josephine Winslow Johnson
June 20, 1910: Poet and novelist Josephine Winslow Johnson made a literary splash by winning the Pulitzer for her first novel, Now in November, published when she was just 24. She was born in Kirkwood, Missouri, 103 years ago today.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
This is just one of those "comfort" books that can be re-read countless times, I am on my fourth reading (second of this year). Each time I read it, I experience a new insight into the Major, and his "greedy" son Roger. Mrs. Ali is such a delight.
June 15, 1752: With a kite, a key, and a cooperative bolt of lightning, American scientist and statesman Benjamin Franklin proved his theory that lightning is a form of electricity. The experiment took place 261 years ago today.
Read a good book.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
A book is really like a lover. It arranges itself in your life in a way that is beautiful.
June 10, 1928: Oh Maurice Sendak, we love you so! The prickly, big-hearted children's book writer was born 85 years ago today in Brooklyn, New York. The monsters in his classic, Where the Wild Things Are, were inspired by his immigrant family.
Some authors leave us much too soon, however, soon they leave us, their wonderful work stays with us forever.
Read a good Children's book, you won't be disappointed!
Friday, June 7, 2013
Set in modern day Portland, OR, there is an area known as "I.W." otherwise known as the "Impassable Wilderness", and as our journey begins, we know that no one that has ever ventured into the "I.W." has ever ventured out and told about it.
Prue McKeel is just an ordinary kid, or so she thinks at the onset, having taken her baby brother to a local park one day, she witnesses a "murder of crows" abduct him, and carry him off towards the forest of the "I.W.", naturally, she realizes that since he was in her custody, it is her responsibility to return him safe and sound to his family. So, Prue starts a journey to the "I.W.", with schoolmate Curtis, who has decided on his own to follow her. Once across the bridge, wild and weird events take hold of them, they become separated, and "fall" in with opposing factions. Both are united in finding Prue's baby brother, they just go about it in different ways. This is a place where animals and humans have "equal" footing. Finally, being reunited, they must come to terms with the evil force behind the abduction. Fowl play is afoot.
Remarkable pen and ink drawings, and lovely color illustrations throughout the book.
Husband and wife team live in Portland, OR, so the story holds forth with much truth about the area.
This is the first book in the series then you have
This is what I just finished. Once again the pen and ink drawings and the color illustrations throughout the book are just delightful, and boy what a cliff hanger ending.......
Even if you are an adult, these books are well worth the time, children's authors are so much more thoughtful in bringing forth their characters.
Give them a shot.
I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.
June 7, 1952: Happy birthday, Orhan Pamuk! The Nobel Prize-winning Turkish writer was born in Istanbul 61 years ago today.
I just finished a children's book "Under Wildwood" set in the area of Portland, OR. Then I needed to read something adult, I just couldn't settle on anything "new" at hand, so I am currently reading for the fourth time (second time this year since January) "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand". I reallly do love this book - the story and the writing.