Saturday, December 28th, 2013
This is one of the many books that Santa brought. I read about it somewhere on the internet and borrowed it from the library but, after reading the first story, when Chase declared that she loved it and wanted to read the whole book I decided it needed to end up under the tree.
I can’t even tell you what it’s about but you can read about it here and I thought that the amount of time spent reading Tashi over the last few days is enough of an endorsement that I wanted to share it. The book is really appealing especially if you have a kid that likes fanciful stories with gnomes and trolls and plenty of adventure. We also read the Dragons Of Blueland series together. She enjoyed it but didn’t run off with the books at every opportunity to try to read ahead. She’s far too busy reading now to tell me about it but maybe I’ll get her to fill me in once she’s done and waiting for the Second Big Big Big Book Of Tashi to arrive.
Saturday, March 10th, 2012
I finished reading Penelope Lively’s novel a couple of weeks ago. She calls it an exercise in confabulation. Or an exploration of the stories that exist between her memoirs and what her life might have been. I usually don’t like short stories but because each of these was prefaced with her personal experience and her imaginings about how it might have ended differently I felt like there was a thread of continuity woven through all the stories even though they were meant to stand alone. I didn’t like it quite as much as Moon Tiger but I do enjoy her writing and I liked this book too. Read the rest of this entry »
Thursday, December 29th, 2011
Today I listened to most of a segment on the Diane Rehm Show with the author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter. I’ve fallen way off the Disney wagon slowly but surely. I have been broken down. Broken. Anyway, I liked listening to the show and what particularly resonated with me was the point that it’s not princess it’s not even Disney so much as the commercialization and sexualization of girls that goes along with it. Read the rest of this entry »
Friday, December 2nd, 2011
We started reading The Little Prince. When I searched around for it online it looks like there are two or three translations the most recent of which gets a lot of criticism. We picked up our copy at The Book Thing and so I can only assume that we have one of the older translations but maybe I’ll check tomorrow. One day Chase pulled it off the shelf and so, even though it would probably be better in another year or two, we started reading. Read the rest of this entry »
Monday, August 8th, 2011
Over the weekend I found five or six of these little Well Loved Tales published by Ladybird Books in the 60’s. There’s something totally creepy about the illustrations but they’re also strangely compelling. They’re realistic and very adult compared to other illustrated children’s books of the same era. Chase is really excited about the books as she is about all fairy tales. We often read and re-read stories so I always pick up fairy tales when I see them so we can check out the illustrations. It’s fun to see all the different styles. Read the rest of this entry »
Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
Totally gratuitous baby picture notwithstanding, I have a little bit of a thing for books. Not like I read so prolifically but, still, I like them. I particularly like hunting for a gem in the bins at The Book Thing because I find lots of them. So many that I’ve been thinking about sharing them for a long time. Read the rest of this entry »
Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
It’s back. I don’t think this bodes well for the rest of the week. I see cabin fever in my future. I’m thinking science experiments and homemade pizzas and extra long baths. Read the rest of this entry »
Sunday, January 23rd, 2011
It’s hard not to get sucked into the Magic Treehouse series. Chase listens to them in her workshop time at school so I really didn’t feel a need to press the issue of chapter books. But she really likes them and when we saw an audiobook version of Dragon of the Red Dawn at the library we checked it out. We listened to it in the car. Once, twice, over and over and over again. I can’t even estimate how many times we listened to the story. Read the rest of this entry »
Friday, November 5th, 2010
In spite of all the toys there are two things that Avery truly loves to do. Dig in the rocks and dirt in the only living plant that we have in the house and open the door on the tv cabinet and pull all of the cords and devices out. She broked the blue ray by pulling on it and then after several weeks mysteriously “fixed” it the same way.
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Saturday, September 25th, 2010
An appropriate title now that it’s officially fall, no? I love reading but it happens sooooo slowly (because I watch so much tv? Noooo couldn’t be that.) Quality not quantity is my mantra. Read the rest of this entry »