Thursday, May 30, 2013

Little Lit

edited by Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly 2000

Here's an interesting collection of fairy tales that's been illustrated by different artists in comic form.  Madeleine is a big fan of comics/graphic novels so she was the first to really appreciate this.  William Joyce is in here and I was surprised (but pleased) to see Barbara McClintock as well.  I'm not a fan of all the art styles, but I really appreciate the many visual variations and the stories are good.  Charlotte's been asking to read this one a lot lately.  Her favorite stories are "Sleeping Beauty", "The Hungry Horse" and "The Fisherman and the Sea Princess".

Friday, May 24, 2013

Little Gorilla

I swear I don't know where the time goes!  Days turn into weeks, there's one activity after another, and the next thing I know another month has gone by.  We just celebrated Charlotte's birthday and though I have a house still filled with dirty dishes, leftover cake and meandering balloons, I feel like maybe now I can catch a breath.

The night before Charlotte's party we read this book about an adorable little gorilla.  All the animals love him, even after he grows into a very big gorilla.

Ruth Bornstein 1986

(Look at that!  Little Gorilla was turning 5, just like Charlotte!)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

What Charlotte found in the backyard

How perfect after reading our book Gem, Charlotte found a toad in our very own backyard today.  She thought it might be a girl and named it "Elizabeth".  She also wondered if it was the same toad we found last year.  Toad's can live a long time so maybe, who knows?

Friday, May 3, 2013


Holly Hobbie 2012

Our friends Soren and Silas were over this week and we "read" this book together.  The charming wordless pictures show the story of a little toad and his adventures.  Soren and Charlotte got quite a giggle out of it. 

Last summer we had our own toad explorer in the backyard.  We held him and passed him around, admiring his bumps and big eyes, then we set him free.  I hope he comes back for another visit this year.