Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘children’s book’

Voice from Afar Poems of Peace

Voice from Afar Poems of Peace

Read Full Post »

As a child I was shy.  In elementary schools, I often spent time by myself in the library, roaming through the stacks.   The librarians took pity on me.  Sometimes, one of them would catch my eyes, smile at me and say softly, “Come with me.”  She’d take me to a magical place — the room holding the unshelved new books.  “Pick one,” she’d say.  “Whichever one you like.”  I was not so well-read that I knew authors by name, but usually some combination of title and cover art would entice me in my selection.  That was how I selected the first book in Patricia McKillip’s Riddlemaster Trilogy.  Today, if you were to catch me off-guard and say, “Quick!  Tell me the titles of your favorite books.”  I would say The Riddlemaster and after that I might say McKillip’s The Forgotten Beasts of Eld.  Twenty, thirty years later, I cannot tell you the specific storylines of any of these books but I can tell you of the memories she left me with through her words.  I can tell you of the images implanted in my mind of lush forests, crashing seas, loyal beasts.  I can tell you of the music evoked by her characters.  Her writing is lyrical, deep and rich.  It is that lyricism, depth and richness that I hope to rediscover this winter by re-reading her books.  Some of the books I own and must dig out of a box.  Others I will have to track down at local used book stores and at my public library.  When I am done, perhaps I will give them to a young relative or to someone older who is young at heart.  We’ll see. 😉

Read Full Post »

I do wonder why … all the time.  Which is probably why I picked up the children’s book of the same title this past weekend.  I paid a little bit more than I usually do for vintage children’s books, about $10, but I think it was a good investment.  The illustrations are lovely and quirky with cherub faced children that on occasion look quite devilish.  The illustrator is M.T. “Penny” Ross.  His bio can be found here:  http://www.spencer-n-ross.com/artist.html

I Wonder Why illus by RossI Wonder Why illus by Ross

Read Full Post »

Image 2

This weekend, I chanced upon a beautiful little book called How Sing Found the World is Round by Sydney Reid.   It was published by Volland in the early part of the twentieth century.  You can read more about Volland here:  http://www.loganberrybooks.com/juvcat-volland.html

The illustrator is Katherine Sturges Dodge, the mother of Hilary Knight who is the illustrator of the very popular Eloise series.  The book can be viewed  online through the Children’s Books Online website:  http://www.childrensbooksonline.org/How_Sing/index.htm

So far, I haven’t been able to find much of a biography for Katherine Sturges Dodge.  If anyone out there knows of any resources, please let me know.  I’d love to learn more about her.

Read Full Post »

Drawing by Henrietta Bruce Sharon

Henrietta Bruce Sharon drew this picture for the anthology, Golden Slippers.  When I showed it to a friend his eyes watered and he said, “You should send this picture to your brother.  You and he are who I see in this illustration.”  I have three brothers.  I love them all but I am most close to my youngest brother.  Given that we were less than two years apart, our parents raised us as if we were twins.  He and I have always shared a love of stories, and so, throughout our childhood we spun stories and imagined ourselves at the center of great adventures.  I wrote and he drew.  Even though we see each other rarely these days, we still connect by phone, by email and by illustrated letters to tell the stories of our every day lives.

Read Full Post »

Dreamy are the images in Sky Tree, like viewing the world through a gentle mist.  A single tree is viewed throughout the season and becomes a gentle teaching tool about how the natural world works.  Though targeted to children, I certainly felt like I learned some things after reading this book  — about patience, about beauty and about perspective.  A great gift for a child of any age.

Read Full Post »