Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday, July 7, 2017

Day and Night by Bishop Heber and Tasha Tudor


God that madest earth and heaven, 
Darkness and light;
Who the day for toil has given
For rest the night;

May thine Angel-guards defend us,
Slumber sweet they mercy send us,
Holy dreams and hopes attend us,
This livelong night. 

                                                      --Bishop Heber

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Very Little Girl by Phyllis Krasilovsky & Illus by Ninnon


This book is an adorable older book I found at a local library. For some reason, this particular library has a good collection of older books. I understand the principle behind removing older books (that generally aren't circulated) from the library, but I do love discovering older books like this! 

This one has sweet little illustrations with two-tone coloring. 


Once there was a very, very, very little girl. 


And we explore exactly how little she is. Smaller than her mother's workbasket!


Being little in an adult sized world!


The special accommodations little people need. Their own table, bed, and chair.

When I first read this, I wasn't sure if she was some magical miniature creature, all these special things she needs. Then I realized that little people do actually come with their own everything. As a mother, I can testify to the great quantity of stuff babies need because they are so little.


She was even smaller than other small people. 


But one day, she wasn't so small! She could do things all by herself.


And she kept getting bigger!


Let's discuss the color scheme--I adore green and pink together. All watermelon-y. 


These illustrations just kill me. So delicately adorable! 


Hello bedroom from my childhood dreams.


And we even have a winter scene. 


All this bigness got her ready for being a big sister to a baby brother who was very, very, very small. 

July from Around the Year by Elsa Beskow


Friday, June 30, 2017

Out in the Fields With God by Louise Imogen Guiney and Martha Alexander


Out in the Fields With God

The little cares that fretted me,
I lost them yesterday,
Among the fields above the sea,
Among the winds at play,
Among the lowing of the herds,
The rusting of the trees,
Among the singing birds,
The humming of the bees.

The foolish fears of what might pass,
I cast them all away,
Among the clover scented grass,
Among the new mown hay,
Among the hushing of the corn,
Where drowsy poppies nod,
Where ill thoughts die and good are born--
Out in the fields with God.

                                            --Louise Imogen Guiney

                                                                  Martha Alexander's Poems and Prayers For The Very Young

I don't remember the exact circumstances, but I remember stumbling across this poem as a young mother when I was very down and stressed about something. And I suddenly had a moment of clarity--the things I was stressing about, put in the proper perspective, were not as important as they seemed in my small, quiet life. I have noticed, transitioning from a ten year stint as a stay at home mother to a working mother, how much less I stress about things that really bothered me then. I didn't have.... well the exposure to real life that tempers my obsessive nature. I was so focused on my own life that I forgot how busy everyone else is living their own lives. They really aren't watching me and evaluating everything I do. 

This won't work for everyone, and there are some problems big enough to obliterate any view of the outside world. But for me, it works. It has worked from the days of walking cows to the pasture, past the creek, under the trees, and through the mud; the days of following windrows of hay around a field on a big, tractor with nothing but my thoughts for company. It is a big old world out there full of beautiful things--big enough to dwarf my small concerns and beautiful enough to fill me with peace.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Bunny's Book Club by Annie Silvestro & Illus by Tatjana Mai-Wyss


This is such a darling little book. 


The endpapers. A pretend library card pocket! Could it get any cuter? 


This is bunny. Bunny is a big fan of books and stories. 


When stories are read, he lurks in the background so he can hear. 


Summertime story hour at the library is held outside, delighting our story hungry bunny. 


When fall comes, his story hours disappear....


Back into the library. 

A librarian with red cat eye glasses! A library with a gigantic window seat! Cushy seats for the library users! (That last is the school librarian in my coming out.)


Of course, bunny couldn't hear stories being read inside. This worried him. How could he find a way to hear stories again?


He went to the library at night and tried to find a way to break in. 

Unfortunately, it seemed impossible. 


Until he found the book drop. Wiggling through the book drop was nothing to a wee little bunny. 


He was in the kingdom! 


He reversed the usual use of the book drop and took home a large stack. 

Do you SEE how delighted his little face is while shoving books out the book drop?! I love this bunny. 


He goes home and reads. And reads. 

He repeats the take out procedure several times. 

His friends begin to wonder why bunny isn't hanging out with them anymore. 


They come to inquire and bunny takes them to the library. 

 "Whoa," said Porcupine.
"I know," said Bunny.
 "Do you think there is a story about balloons? I have always wondered about balloons."
"Most definitely," said Bunny. 


Porcupine finds his book about balloons. 

I literally can't even with how cute this book is. A porcupine hugging a book about balloons with a rapturous look on his face! 


The two friends went home to carrot cupcakes, tea, and companionable reading. 

I need more carrot cupcakes, tea, and companionable reading in my life.  


Soon other friends became curious. Bunny invited them all in to his book filled house. 

You do have to feel a little bad for the librarian in cat eye glasses who was clearly missing a lot of books by this point. 

All the animals have to go see the library for themselves. Bear going through the book drop was not easy.

Since they were all so excited about the library, they stayed a little too long and were... 


...caught!

Instead of being angry, the librarian (who now has adorable shoes and a spiffy retro dress. Can I be this librarian? She clearly has style.) tells them about library cards. 


And now the friends have unlimited access to the library and the story treasures contained there in. 

Bunny's Book Club is born. 

With plenty of carrot cupcakes .

I know I just gave you the whole story, but this book is so cute that you simply must go look at it. Now! 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Funny Little Bird by Jennifer Yerkes


This is a fun little book about a bird without an outline. 


You can only see him when he was near other things. 

Most little kids can readily recognize this invisibility as real life. My kids have been listening to Ramona audiobooks and this invisibility is the focus of much of Ramona's life. How do you make people really see you?


The little bird resented this. He felt invisible. So he decided to find things to make him visible. 


Brightly colored feathers! 


Squash flowers!


In all his finery, the little bird forgot the benefits of being invisible. Suddenly he is visible to predators.


He quickly sheds his adopted finery in favor of safety.


And now, he is content being himself. 


And helps his friends disappear when danger comes calling. 


Still, he occasionally puts a little finery on. Just for fun. 

There is still so much fun in trying things out!