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The Wonderful Oliver Jeffers


Whether you know me as a storyteller, library lady, blogger or friend…you know how I much I adore the stories and illustrations created by Oliver Jeffers. I have loved everyone of his books (Heart and the Bottle, How to Catch a Star and Stuck are my favourites)

I’ve read shared them with my son, with my niece and nephew and I use them in preschool story times, for Reading Buddies, class visits and other programs at the library. Someone at work sent me this video today which of course makes me adore him even more…….

http://vimeo.com/57472271#at=0%5c





2012 Holiday Book Giving


I originally posted these ideas for Holiday Book Giving on my other blog but thought I’d share them here as well……Christmas is quickly approaching and as I began my shopping today I thought perhaps you’ve started as well! Christmas is my favourite time of year and this year I am looking so forward to the smell of mulled apple cider, and our fresh pine trees, the sounds of my favourite Christmas album, and the crinkle of wrapping paper.

Below are my top recommendations for the book lover’s in your life. If you click on the tags and shop through the link on Amazon you’ll also be supporting this blog (and me) I hope the lists are helpful. It can be a challenge shopping for someone else. If you need a more personal recommendation just leave me a comment or send me an email.

Happy Shopping!

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2012 Holiday Guide

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 2012 Book Giving Guide
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I’d love to hear about the books your giving as gifts this Christmas!
 Be sure to share these lists with friends, co-workers, and family!
Everyone could use suggestions for Holiday Book Giving!




Review: This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen


This is not my hat

When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened. . . .

 

Jon Klassen’s first book “I Want My Hat Back” is an award winner and I believe this, his second book, is destined to be one as well.  His understated style and simplified text has appeal for both children and their parents.

Little fish is the narrator, but the pictures tell a different story than the text. Is the little fish really safe? The illustrations are done in earth tones,  full of texture  and expressive which adds a nice dimension to each page.

Too often picture books tie things up in neat little packages for kids, but in “This is Not My Hat”, Jon Klassen allows the reader to to come to their own conclusions. The possibilities for extension activities in story time at the library  or in a classroom setting are endless. One to buy for your personal library. Highly Recommended.

To learn more about the author and his books visit his website:

http://jonklassen.blogspot.ca/

To read an interview with Jon and enter a give-away for this book visit Lost in the Library  - Beginning Monday Oct 15th.

 





The Maggie B- A Delicious Picture Book


There is a story that I vividly remember my mother reading to me as a child. I can remember the sound of her voice as she read the text, and when I think about that book, I remember every page, how the book smelled and it also brings back memories of my mother’s hugs, her warmth and the time she spent reading to me.

The Maggie B by Irene Haas is the book and it is my favourite picture book, because it has so much meaning for me.

Irene Haas

Books are magical, I think; because of their power to connect us to moments in our lives.

 There is a part of the story where Maggie (Margaret) is cooking  a lobster and fish supper  for her  little brother James. For  dessert, she careful cuts ripe peaches in half, drizzles them with honey and cinnamon and bakes them in the oven. This scene is etched in my memory, as I remember thinking that there couldn’t be anything in the world, more delicious then baked peaches.

Last week I made this desert for my family  and it is a moment that I will remember. I’m not one to spend too much time in the kitchen. In fact I totally dread cooking. Mostly, because I’m not very good at it. I gave this recipe a try though, and that fact that my son loved it was really just icing on the cake. He asked where I got the idea to make them…like it was a stroke of genius on my part. I told him about The Maggie B, and he smiled and then asked if I knew of any other picture books with good dessert recipes. :)

Is there a book from your childhood that brings you wonderful memories?