Friday, March 02, 2007

Get Thee to a Library!


Lovely children’s books have been hitting me in the head lately. Literally. I wake up most mornings with Lil Petunia hefting a book onto our bed, shoving it in my face or dropping it on my head. The rule is Coffee First, then reading. Sweet JB brings me hot coffee with a splash of cream before he jumps into the shower after having breakfast of bananas, pepperkakors and yogurt and granola with the kids. Did I mention, I’m not a morning person? Anyway, the lovely picture books the Pet has "handed" to me lately are really for the older child, but wonderful to look at anyway.

  1. The Sound of Colors - A Journey of the Imagination by Jimmy Liao. A colorful picture book about a young girl who is losing her sight. She travels through the subways, with a shaggy white dog not far behind her (Lil Pet loves to find the doggie in the maze-like paintings). She exits into magical worlds of dolphins and elephants, remembering the tastes of sweet red apples, the shapes of clouds and the feeling of flying. As she loses the last light of her sight and moves into darkness and uncertainty, she listens, smells and feels her way through the city and ultimately, following the fluttering of a butterfly, finds her way home.
  2. The Red Tree by Shaun Tan. A good book for the pre-adolescent in all of us. A young girl’s sense of bleakness is challenged by the unexpected existence of a beautifuly glowing tree grown from one small red leaf. " The world is a deaf machine... wonderful things are passing you by...sometimes you just don’t know what you are supposed to do or who you are meant to be... but suddenly there it is right in front of you... bright and vivid... quietly waiting.... just as you imagined it would be."
  3. Which leads to The Three Questions by Jon J. Muth. Based on the writings of Leo Tolstoy (Anyone dare recall Anna Karenina?). The questions are: What is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do? And the answers? "There is only one important time, and that time is now. The most important one is always the one you are with. And the most important thing is to do good for the one who is standing at your side."

Guess I better keep reading the stacks of books that "fall" into my lap...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think I hear the library calling now (again)! "this is the East library, material that a patron at this number requested is now available, it will be held until... your wife is kind enough to pick up your over indulgent orders on Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday..... Nice book reviews, make me want to read those books (again, for the twentieth time, with continued interest at that).