Tuesday, February 28, 2017

To be shared

Ah, winter.

Making snow angels, building snowmen, sledding down hills, cheeks becoming rosy, bundling up against the chill. 

Snowsuits, hats, scarves, boots and, of course, mittens. 


This book caught my eye while browsing through the gift shop at the Art Gallery of Ontario in December. It had to be that gorgeous cover - soft yet bold - which drew my attention. And the title - Mittens to Share. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

How quickly things can change...

We're fast approaching the end of November. In the midst of fall. Cooler temperatures. Breezy breaths of wind. Trees scattering their leaves. Squirrels scrounging. Birds gathering at the feeders. Winter creeping ever closer. A first flurry of snow. Changes all around.

But wasn't it just summer? Where did the time go? 

Change is in the air. 
All things are in a constant state of change. 
Change is inevitable.
Everything...changes.

How quickly things - living and non-living - can, and do, change, transform, evolve. 
Seasons, weather, water, minds, emotions... 

And babies - especially babies during their first year of life. It's a year of many firsts - for both parent and child.





YOU ARE One, written by Sara O'Leary, illustrated by Karen Klassen and published by Owlkids Books is a book celebrating all this and more. It's a lovely, lively little book about the highlights of becoming one - what you once were, what you're becoming, what you are now - so many changes over twelve months. And grasping, with all your senses, and with these changes, love given to you freely and unconditionally.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

On y va?

Shall we go and join Arlo on his adventure?
                         
   

I know I'm ready. Ready to hop into the passenger seat of that little red Citro├źn DS (I think I'll let Arlo drive) and become immersed in the magical sights, sounds, and especially, the tastes of Paris - all in the company of an armadillo. Such fun. Come along, get your imagination in gear - a fabulous journey awaits...c'est parti!


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

HERE is what I know...


I've had the book, I KNOW HERE, written by Laurel Croza, illustrated by Matt James and published by Groundwood Books in 2010, on my bookshelf for a while. We're in the midst of book awards time across this country right now and I recently received an email from the Canadian Children's Book Centre about the nominations for the 2015 TD Children's Literature Book Awards. One of the finalists, FROM THERE TO HERE, which is the sequel to I KNOW HERE, is a nominee for the Marilyn Baillie Award for Best Picture Book. So, this was a little reminder to revisit that book on my shelf which received an abundance of  honourable mentions, has been a part of many best book lists and won numerous awards.



And deservedly...the book has such a poetic feel - the descriptive language, the movement in the words, the imagery, the repetition throughout. And in all of what the little girl knows of her HERE, the reader gains an understanding of how this family lives - what the climate and terrain and community and surroundings are like, and, what is important to this narrator. 


Monday, August 31, 2015

Go wild!

The summer berry season has been amazing this year. In June - sweet strawberries. In July - raspberries, both red and golden. And August - blueberries! And oh, those wild ones are the best. Wild blueberries can be difficult to track down. It seems one needs to travel north to find them. And they have such a short season. They're also rather pricey but well worth the once-in-a-while treat as they have a completely different taste, texture and scent from cultivated blueberries. Fresh, fragrant and, yes, wild.

And, there's a perfect read to go with these delicious, almost frost-skinned, teeny-tiny berries - Wild Berries written and illustrated by Julie Flett and published by Simply Read Books. The book is a lovely tale of tradition - a story of a grandmother and a grandchild and their search for wild blueberries. The illustrations are earthy, graphic - and the expressions and postures of the characters (both human and animal) convey so much with such seemingly simple shapes, colours and lines. And oh, that gorgeous globe of persimmon sun. The circle of life. What goes around comes around. Yes. Tradition. Customs. Habits. Patterns one can count on. 



I was introduced to the work of Julie Flett through an instructor of mine, Kerry Clare, while at The School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto. Kerry taught last October's The Art of Blogging course. And she posted an engaging interview with Julie on the 49th Shelf website in the fall of 2014. 


Thursday, July 16, 2015

A ramble through the garden...

A bit of a break from baking and books...a sense of the 'more' element.
So...today, a brief and quiet ramble through the garden.
Gazing. Considering. Gathering a few chosen blooms.



Sunday, March 22, 2015

It all adds up...

When I first read the title of this book, The Highest Number in the World, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Was this a picture book about counting? Perhaps about a googol? Maybe something to do with infinity? I looked at the cover. A bird's eye view of a girl geared up for hockey. Standing in the middle of an ice rink. Looking upward. At some sort of banner. But what exactly was so important about the banner and what did this 'highest number' mean, I wondered.